How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry Summary

The SQUEEZE: Worrying contributes to the depletion of mental and physical energy. The act of worrying prevents people from enjoying the nuances of everyday living. It is this sentiment that permeates Dale Carnegie’s book titled “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry.” Carnegie divides the book into eight (8) major sections, offering practical tips for recognizing and confronting worry. Carnegie begins the book with facts about worry, and he teaches the reader how to analyze worry by weighing the facts, understanding the problem, and developing an appropriate solution. Carnegie also urges readers to break the worry habit by deciding how much anxiety to give to any given problem. Carnegie’s “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” is a must-read for readers who want to learn how to reduce worry and create happiness.


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Notable Endorsement: “ ‘Those who don't know how to fight worry, die young.’ This ominous advice begins Dale Carnegie's bestseller, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, an eight-part treatise on the follies of worrying. Like other Carnegie books, this one is packed with good old-fashioned common sense, illustrated with examples drawn from research on historical figures and interviews with business leaders. Somehow, even the most simple advice--such as Carnegie's four-step method of problem solving--is presented in a way that makes you want to write it down and post it on the employee bulletin board.”—Sharon Griggins, Review

Common Q’s Answered by this Book:

  • What are the follies of worrying?
  • What are some of the historical figures who struggled with worrying?
  • What is the four-step method of solving the problem of worrying?
  • What are some practical formulas for reducing financial worries?
  • What are examples of business worries?
  • What are seven ways to cultivate a mental attitude?
  • What are six ways to prevent fatigue?


About the Author: Dale Breckenridge Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer who developed courses in self-improvement, corporate training, public speaking, salesmanship, and interpersonal skills. Carnegie was the author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” a bestseller that is still popular today. Carnegie also wrote the biography of Abraham Lincoln, titling the book “Lincoln the Unknown.” Carnegie was a proponent of changing a person’s behavior by changing your individual response. For a chapter outline of “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living,” visit: For video, visit:


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  • Publisher: Pocket Books (September 1990)

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