The basic premise is that by not letting others dump their "garbage" (negativity, fear, etc) on us, we can be better, happier people. Some words from the book jacket:
* Avoid getting dumped on by rude, thoughtless, and angry people
* Stop reliving the negative in your past, and fearing the future
* Focus on what you can control, not the negative things you can't
* Gain the courage to enjoy every day, do what you love, and make a difference
Two quizzes really opened my eyes to how I was living my life and how I was letting others influence me. I try very hard not to burden others with negativity and drama, so I was pleased when I got a good score - "dump a light load" - on "Are You a Garbage Dumper?" However, I was shocked to see the "heavy load" of garbage I accept in my life on "Are You a Garbage Accepter?" - "Almost every day you are set back by the negative behavior of others and bothered by the things you can't control. You let too many Garbage Trucks dump on you, and you create too much of your own garbage." Whoa!
So, I'm trying to do better, be better, with all of that. And I think it's working, too, at least most days. I definitely recommend this book, especially if you're anything like me - soaking up way too much garbage, whether that of others or of your own making.
* I received nothing in exchange for this mini review/recommendation. I enjoyed the book, learned from it, and wanted to share it. *