How to Be Happy and the Power of Positive Thinking – A Tribute to Norman Vincent Peale

Happiness
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While growing up, I had many of the same goals that a lot of us have, to be successful and happy. However, how do we make that happen? I was always drawn to non-fictional reading, self-help books and true-life stories, especially the ones with the happy endings, or ones that taught a valuable lesson about life.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The most influential book I ever read was The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale. His outlook on life, which emphasized on seeing the positive, having a lot of faith in God and believing it yourself helped to shape me as a person. I remember highlighted passages from his book and reading that again and again, especially when faced with challenges in life.

Over the years, there have been a lot of self-help books I have read, but none compare to the Power of Positive Thinking book. I would highly recommend any book by Norman Vincent Peal as I consider him to be the most influential author, and one of the most pivotal persons in my life. Through his books, he demonstrates how to believe in yourself, strive for success and achieve your goals.

Quotes by Norman Vincent Peale:

Believe in Yourself Quote by Norman Vincent Peale
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Quote by Norman Vincent Peale
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Choose Happiness

Do you choose to be happy? Many times, outside influences, including past or current experiences, news we hear, people’s reactions, or even the weather make us feel a certain way, but it’s up to YOU to replace that feeling with a good feeling. You can change that feeling. I do believe that happiness is a choice. If you choose to smile at someone, you are making a conscious decision to express joy and happiness. Chances are that the other person may smile back at you. If they don’t, it may be because they aren’t choosing happiness. That reminds me of the serenity prayer:

The Serenity Prayer
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The Importance of Being Grateful

Try this exercise each day to brighten your day: Each morning, think of 3 things you are grateful for. If you want to go a step further, buy a notebook and start writing down these items and create a gratitude book. This is just one of the many ideas I learned from “The Secret”.

Why should you do this? It will help to remind you of all the wonderful things in your life that you have to be thankful for.

In the book, The Secret, there is a section of the book, and DVD that emphasizes how important it is to be grateful and thankful for things.


I would recommend all books by Norman Vincent Peale, but my highest recommendation goes to “The Power of Positive Thinking”.

Another book that I would highly recommend is “You Can If You Think You Can” by Norman Vincent Peale.

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© 2012 Amelia Griggs

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JamesPoppell 4 years ago

I also have a gratitude notebook (I learned this from the secret also)that has made a difference in my life. It helps me to keep in mind the many things I am grateful for. I have never read Norman Vincent Peale but your hub has inspired me to do so. A vote up!


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Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

I'm a positive thinker by choice, and I'm grateful you wrote this hub. :)


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

That's wonderful to hear, JamesPoppell! The Power of Positive Thinking had such a profound impact on my life, and The Secret is a much more powerful extension of the concept...both great writings and DVD's.


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment, Robie Benve, and that's great to hear! The more positive thinkers we have, the more positive the world will be. :-)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

It truly pays to have a positive outlook in life. When we change the way we see the things around us, we also change our actions. In the end, our success depends on how we conceive it. Great hub!


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

So true, jpcmc! Thanks for your comment and glad you liked the hub. :-)


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Norman Vincent Peale, one of my most favorite authors. I have read many of his books and whenever I get time, I like to read one of his books.


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

That is wonderful to hear, jainismis! All his books are great. Thank you for your comment. :-)


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

I consider myself a positive thinker, too, and since I reside in a small town, I am known for it, LOL. My son's music teacher asked "did your mom think it (his concert) was super-great?" I have overcome my share of problems due to my positive thinking. I have faith in myself and my life and feel I have a reason being here, which helps. Time to read the book, I think! Your hub was short and sweet and packed a punch. Thanks.


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Glad you are a positive thinker too, EuroCafeAuLait. :-). Thanks for sharing and commenting!


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markpointing 4 years ago

I am grateful that you posted this Hub videos are awesome as well.


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment, markpointing. I always enjoy sharing "The Secret". Positive thinking and believing really works. :-)


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Since you mentioned the Secret, just wanted to add something. I recently read the adage, Ask + Believe + Receive. You must believe and then receive. It seems to work, even in a "why not?" or "why wouldn't it?" kind of way. As someone once told me "you deserve all this - and More!". Best regards to you, Anastasia


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Very true, Anastaia. After asking and believing, they say to already picture yourself receiving...and soon it will be yours.

Regards,

Easylearningweb


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

This is a GREAT hub! The Bible says that "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he". If we can get our thinking straight, our talk will follow. Soon as that happens, nothing is impossible. Good things happen.

Voted up and awesome!


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Sinea Pies! I appreciate your comment. One of my many favorite quotes from Norman Vincent Peale is when he says to change your thoughts and change the world. Let's fill our minds with positive, happy thought and spread positivity throughout the world!

Regards,

Easylearningweb


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

Your hub is so important in living a good life.We make choices and those choices lead us enjoying life.As long as we stay focused and keep striving for more.Thanx so much.


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EuroCafeAuLait 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Such a good Hub, but left me hanging on for more. IF possible, could you explain more about Norman Vincent Peale, his background, and where he got his determination to become a supremely happy person and influence others to do the same? Best to you, ECAL


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

So true, DREAM ON...positive thinking and living a good life definitely go hand in hand. Sometimes when we're down or bummed about something, it's easy to lose focus, but what I have found is that the more you think good thoughts, the easier it is to think "happy" and get back on track. Glad you enjoyed the hub. :-)


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Glad you like the hub as well, EuroCafeAuLait...I would be more than happy to create a hub with more details about Norman Vincent Peale. There are so many good points about him and his life. This will make for an excellent hub! Thanks for the request...it's forthcoming soon.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Hey EuroCafeAuLait, per your suggestion, I created another hub entitled Life History of Norman Vincent Peale Plus You Can If You Think You Can Book Commentary. I hope you like the additional hub with more facts and inspirational tips on Norman Vincent Peale!

Regards,

Easylearningweb

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