The Power of Positive Thinking is a self-help book by Norman Vincent Peale, originally published in 1952. It makes use of positive case histories and practical instructions to propose the method of positive thinking. Peale's work describes how to achieve a permanent and optimistic attitude through unending positive conscious thought, usually through affirmations or visualizations. Peale writes that such techniques will give the reader a higher satisfaction and quality of life.
The purpose of this book is a very direct and simple one. It makes no pretense to literary excellence nor does it seek to demonstrate any unusual scholarship on my part. This is simply a practical, direct action, personal improvement manual. It is written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying and worthwhile life. I throughly and enthusiastically believe in certain demonstrated and efective principles which, when practiced, produce a victorious life. My aim is to set them forth in this volume in a logical, simple and undertandable manner so that the reader feeling a sense of need, may learn a practical method by which he can build for himself, with God's help, the kind of life he deeply desire.
Norman Vincent Peale
Introductyion - What this book can do for you 1. Believe in yourself 2. A peaceful mind generates power 3. How to have constant energy 4. Try prayer power 5. How to create your own happiness 6. Stop fuming and fretting 7. Expect the best and get it 8. I don't believe in defeat 9. How to break the worry habit 10. Power to solve personal problems 11. How to use faith in healing 12. When vitality sags, try this health formula 13. Inflow of new thoughts can remake you 14. Relax for easy power 15. How to get people to like you 16. Prescription for heartache 17. How to draw upon that Higher Power
To become a happy person have a clean soul, eyes that see romance in the commonplace, a child’s heart, and spiritual simplicity.
Let nothing trouble you, let nothing worry you, everything passes away expect God, God alone is sufficient.
The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much.
Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by.
Try this for a week and you will be surprised.