“The Power of Positive Thinking: A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living” is a 1952 self-help book by Norman Vincent Peale.
This book was written to imbibe shaken confidence, to help men and women who are haunted with living in a inferiority complex and have lost faith in themselves. Sharing his life experiences, Norman Peale speaks about faith in yourself being the ultimate key to happiness and that will bring back all good things into the believers life. The only matter of concern is to restore the lost faith. This classic guide is meant to regain self-esteem and faith. This classic guide is meant to regain self-esteem and faith, which does lead to success.
The book describes the power of positive thinking and how a firm belief in something, does actually help in achieving it. In order to live a successful and constructive life, one needs to know about the secrets of positive thinking says the author for it is the most important ingredient for a better and blissful life.
To remain and think positive, Peale also cautions about sinking into negativity and suggests ways by which one can prevent oneself from being engulfed by negative thoughts. The book teaches that one should never accept defeat over small things and never get affected by changes, no matter how big or small, in ones life. Simple techniques of elevating low moods and energy levels by positive thinking also improve ones overall mental and physical health says the clergyman.
Good thoughts do attract success and happiness is one major theme running through the book. Norman Peale, one main objective for writing this book was to present a viewpoint about mankind having a solution to freedom from pain and negativity.
The book is so good that in the first lesson itself it will tell you ten rules for “overcoming inadequacy attitudes and leaning to practice faith”.
The rules include the following:
- Picture yourself as succeeding.
- Think a positive thought to drown out a negative thought.
- Minimize obstacles.
- Do not attempt to copy others.
- Repeat “If God be for us, who can be against us?” ten times every day.
- Work with a counselor.
- Repeat “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me” ten times every day.
- Develop a strong self-respect.
- Affirm that your are in God’s hands.
- Believe that you receive power from God.
- Author: Norman Vincent Peale
- Genre: Self-Help
- Originally published: 1952
Best Quotes From "The Power Of Positive Thinking"
- “The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”
- “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism”
- “I place this day, my life, my loved ones, my work in the Lord’s hands. There is no harm in the Lord’s hands, only good. Whatever happens, whatever results, if I am in the Lord’s hands it is the Lord’s will and it is good.”
- “Let nothing trouble you let nothing worry you everything passes away expect God God alone is sufficient”
- “Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate.”
About The Author:
Norman Vincent Peale, born in 1898 in Ohio, USA, was an American minister and is considered to be one of the popular progenitors of ‘positive thinking.’ In his early life Norman Peale, an author of 46 books, had faced many hardships, but for his hard work and dedications he became a renowned clergyman in all of United States. Even today his books are helping thousands of men and women overcome their inferiority complex as his simple and inspiring words restore faith in them.