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Brilliant Positive Thinking (Brilliant Lifeskills) [Kindle Edition]

Sue Hadfield
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Book Description

Positive thinking is about being able to accept the ups and the downs of life, to feel grateful for what we have and to look forward to the future.

Brilliant Positive Thinking will show you how to reap the benefits of positive thinking, giving you the necessary the tools to make the most of your life, whatever you have experienced.


·        Information on transforming negative feelings to positive feelings in simple steps

·         Guidance on how to deal with negative people and lessening their influence on you

 ·         Identifying your emotional ‘triggers’ and learning to control them

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From the Back Cover

Smart thinking.


If you can harness the power of positive thinking you will be happier, healthier, more resilient, successful and better looking.


Ok, that last bit might be a slight exaggeration, but it is true that positive thinking will put you in the driving seat of your life, and this book will show you how. 


This is no homily to optimism.  Instead it is a no-nonsense toolkit of techniques to develop healthy thinking habits. With these tools you can look to the future with confidence that it holds great things for you.


Brilliant Outcomes:

  • Ditch the bad thinking habits that are holding you back
  • Develop the skills to think positively and avoid negative thinking traps
  • Have a robust mindset to deal with every aspect of life from the most joyful to the most painful
  • Reduce your stress and increase your ability to achieve your goals



About the Author

Sue Hadfield has taught English in comprehensive schools for twenty years. She has spent the last ten years teaching adults creative writing, study skills, assertiveness, and career and personal development at University of Sussex and for community groups. Sue has co-authored How to be assertive and Bounce for Pearson Education.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 1 edition (9 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing reading 8 Nov. 2011
By J. Rowe
This book is easy to read with helpful summaries, action points and exercises. Sue Hadfield, gently but firmly, shows you how your negative actions and thoughts affect the life you lead and how those negatives can be turned into positives with some small careful adjustment.

As a writer and teacher myself, I particularly appreciated the section on positive language (Chapter 2) and - being fairly confident that I avoid negative words - was nonplussed to note that I do indeed dwell on regrets (yes, 'I wish I'd bought a flat when it was cheaper' and yes, I have found excuses for why that wasn't my fault!).

Change your situation or accept it is the key and it makes an awful lot of sense. Various case studies show how people have changed their outlook and subsequently their lives for the better by simple attitude shifts. And if you don't believe Sue, well, she has a lot of people backing her up - the book is stuffed full of amazing and thought-provoking quotes, one of my favourites being from C.S. Lewis, 'You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.' I may still be a relative youngster, but this is advice I would take over and over: I started my second career in my thirties - I took the jump and never looked back. I hope 'Brilliant Positive Thinking' helps you do the same.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think Positive! 30 Nov. 2011
Sue Hadfield has written this interesting book to argue that you and I can be trained to become positive thinkers even if, in the past, we have been "a glass half empty kind of person." To be successful we may need to look at the past in a new light: "If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance." (Here Hadfield quotes George Bernard Shaw). We may need to learn a new vocabulary, to abandon the old negative, self-deprecating language we have used in the past and remember some positive proverbs instead. I particularly liked the Swedish example she quotes: "Those who wish to sing always find a song."

The author uses an impressive and diverse range of references to help us analyse where our negativity, depression, stress, anxiety, irritation and anger might be coming from and how to begin to think in a different way. She includes psychological research, the ideas of philosophers and other writers as well as quotes from TV programmes, You Tube and other web-sites. We read proverbs and sayings that might have influenced us from all over the world. We are also treated to anecdotes; not least one of her own where she describes the theft of, among other things, her computer along with her only copy of nearly half of this book.

I know Sue Hadfield and can testify that she practises the techniques she describes in this and her other two books. She really does "...welcome life with all its messiness, upsets and triumphs as something to celebrate - because that's what life is." Read this excellent guide to find out how it is possible to remain positive even when challenged by difficult situations.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Positive Thinking by Sue Hadfield 7 Nov. 2011
By KayB
Dealing with stressful difficult situations in our every day lives can be tough. So this new self help book by Sue Hadfield guides the reader through a set of well structured exercises that encourages the reader to think. I found this book contained tips, quotes, examples and brilliant ideas to help adjust my negative thinking to clear away obstacles and challenges so that I could find solutions.

While I was reading this book I found myself thinking long and hard. How many hours each week do I spend doing things that I enjoy? And if I'm being honest... reading this book helped me to identify what was missing.

I really enjoyed the no-nonsense language because the writing was clear and concise and offered practical answers to help me change how I think. And: `If I achieve nothing else in the next few months except this . . .' what would it be?

A great book full of practical advice. I would recommend you pick up a copy. See if it can help you to change the way you think.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A positive book 6 Nov. 2011
As the author Sue Hadfield says, (Chapter 8) 'There is no mystical secret to positive thinking. It's a state of mind that anyone can acquire'. In this book she explains how to acquire that state of mind. It's an interesting, entertaining and thought provoking read.
Read it once, and then anytime you feel yourself sliding into negative thought patterns, you only need to pick up this book and read a few pages and you'll be back into a positive frame of mind. Brilliant!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Positive Thinking 1 Mar. 2012
Positive thinking by Sue Hadfield is an excellent and practical guide to enable one to live every day in a positive way.It is both helpful and inspiring and her style is so conversational and down to earth that you feel she genuinely wants to help you personally to be happier.The examples ,personal reflections and exercises make this book very accessible.It offers a map and a compass to living a positive life.We all have a choice to live a fulfilling life .Just read the book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly useful 17 July 2012
By Pari
I have known Sue Hadfield for many years, and I have found her to be a positive and confident person who remains so even when life is not treating her well. In "Brilliant positive thinking", she has succeeded in putting her wonderful way of thinking into an easy to follow guide book. Most people including myself can relate to the situations presented in the book, and find usuful remedies to deal with them. Dealing with stress and anxiety in life is not usually easy, but in this book you find useful guidance and brilliant tips which are very helpful. For example, "thinking of a memory which make you laugh" is such a helpful tip, I find thinking of fun memories I have from my dad, and the way they made me laugh are so uplifting and hugely change my mood.
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