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.