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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007107560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007107568
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Why do some people always seem so happy about their lives – and others so down even when they seem to have it all? The difference is the strength that comes from thinking positively.

Negative thinking wears us down, leaving us feeling powerless, as though happiness and success are only for other people. It's a bit like a disease – you can have it, you can catch it from someone else and you can even pass it on. But the longer you leave negative thoughts untreated, the worse they will make you feel. Negative thinking is powerful stuff – it can even make you physically ill – and it will certainly make it harder for you to recover if you do become ill.

Fortunately there's one thing more powerful than a negative thought – and that is, of course, a positive one!

Don't delay happiness! John-Roger and Peter McWilliams are the experts experts at helping people to see the lighter, brighter side to life – so read on – and learn the way to positive living.

About the Author

The authors have written a string of bestselling inspirational books.

Peter McWilliams is a leading US voice in personal development.


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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
This excellent book is divided into 2 parts: The disease and the cure, and the latter consists of 3 sections: Accentuate the positive, Eliminate the negative and Latch onto the affirmative. It explains the fight or flight response, the effect thoughts have on the body, and the question of death. It also deals with mourning, how to focus on the positive and has a useful section on depression. Suitable quotes by inter alia Freud, Santayana, Voltaire, Emerson, Russell, Shaw, Anais Nin, Epicurus, Whitman, Keller, Hippocrates, Oscar Wilde and Maria Montessori enhance the text and help to explain things. I would not say that it is absolutely the best self-help book I've ever read ( a little more emphasis on how to influence the subconscious mind would have been valuable), but it casts welcome new light on this thing called "common sense." It is a pleasure to read and I highly recommend it.
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Superbly written and immensely practical. This is a book I will refer to time and time again, and can thoroughly recommend to anyone who has ever been dogged with negative thinking. Also a worthwhile reference for anyone who is serious in wanting to help a friend as it will give you an insight into incorrect thinking patterns and allow you to assist their recovery from depression. Worth every penny and more - a book you shouldn't be without, I only wish I could have read it sooner.
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this is now the 7th copy of this book that i am purchasing!!! all the rest have been handed out to good friends in moments of need and for one reason or another, it just doesn't come back!!!this is such an outstanding book. it is spiritual, it is funny, it is sensible, it is tender, it is realistic and wise, and an absolute pleasure to read.broken down into 2-3 page chapters, it is simply one of the best guides to living that i have ever come across. for anyone who has ever wanted their own spiritual guru, this is a paperback version of one.enjoy
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By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2006
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I have read so many reviews which have said if only i had bought this book first i would have saved so much time, well this is the one for me.
I will keep this short and sweet, if your in a difficult place in your life or you have a friend who is then do your self a favour and buy this very easy to read ,extremly accurate, god send of a book.
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This book is fantastic. It is simply written, easy to understand, and a pleasure to read.
It can be picked up and read at any time, as I have done. I didnt even start from the beginning I just picked a section I was interested in and started to read, and I havent stoped yet. It makes you think instead of being told.
The quotes on each page are truly inspirational and you will refer back to them many times as Im sure you will with the whole book.
If I had the money I would buy a copy for everyone I knew.
Happy reading
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I've always been very skeptical about self-help books, but after being recommended this book by someone I respect I thought I'd give it a try.

Its an amazing book which has quite literally transformed my life and the way I think about things. I would recommend it to anyone, even those who are fit, well and completely happy in their lives. I'm sure that it would be of benefit to anyone who reads it and its cheap!!
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I bought this book 13 years or so ago. It was my essential reading for ages. Then I kind of forgot about it. Then I slid further down the spiral for several years. I just picked it up again...it's cheaper & funnier than therapy, no quick fixes, no 'magic bullet' but really good 'dip in' reading. Recommended reading.
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I've never really purchased a self help book before, but after breaking up with someone I realised how negative my thought processes are and it was distracting me from work, my degree and family life.

This book had very good reviews and to be honest find it hard reading non fiction books unless it is based on my subject matter. I found this book is good to pick up when you have some spare time, have a quick read or jump straight to a particular chapter. I find the quotes at the bottom of the pages uplifting and the personal insight from the authors very helpful.

If you are not one for self help books like myself, I would say give it a try anyway. Trust me, I'm a very stubborn person and never would thought I would purchase a book under this title!
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