Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Changing Your Life through Positive Thinking [NOOK Book]


Attitude is everything. And this book will uplift and inspire readers with its stories about the power of positive thinking! In bad times, and good, readers will be encouraged to keep a positive attitude.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive will inspire readers with its 101 success stories about the power of a positive attitude. Contributors share how they changed their lives, solved problems, or overcame challenges through a ...
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Attitude is everything. And this book will uplift and inspire readers with its stories about the power of positive thinking! In bad times, and good, readers will be encouraged to keep a positive attitude.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive will inspire readers with its 101 success stories about the power of a positive attitude. Contributors share how they changed their lives, solved problems, or overcame challenges through a positive attitude, counting their blessings, or other epiphanies, motivating and uplifting readers.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul doesn't just soothe; it strengthens. This new batch of that aromatic self-help brew brings together 101 inspiring stories about the power of positive attitude. Like its predecessors, this series book blends a diverse mix of real-life tales to communicate its message.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611592184
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 229,837
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

1 The Power of Liking Yourself

1 Brick by Brick Sarah Darer Littman 1

2 The Little Voice Harriet Cooper 4

3 Battling My Inner Bully Sara Matson 7

4 The List Monica A. Andermann 10

5 Positive People Preferred, Please Syndee A. Barwick 14

6 Feeling Lucky Diane Stark 18

7 No More Excuses Linda C. Defew 21

8 The Honors Class Jennie Ivey 25

2 The Power of Attitude

9 Making Chicken Soup in Prison! Mickey Sherman 31

10 Feeling Like a Superhero Catherine Mattice 35

11 Bloom Where You Are Planted Annmarie B. Tait 39

12 Easy as A, B, C Doni Olds 43

13 Re-Attaching Garrett Bauman 48

14 The Adventure of Change Gail Molsbee Morris 52

15 Perspective L.R. Buckman 55

16 Strong Enough to Ask for Help Saralee Perel 59

17 Nurse and Patient Sidney Anne Stone 62

3 The Power of Persevering

18 The Strength Gary Duff 71

19 Blind Faith Angela C. Winfield 74

20 Rolling Uphill Sheila Seller Lagrand 78

21 Chutes and Ladders Hollye Dexter 82

22 My Husband the Winner Carine Inez Nadel 86

23 Just Reward Karen Lewis Jackson 89

24 I Named Her Lily Galen Pearl 92

25 Just Finish Sara Cell 95

26 Gardening with My Son Conny Manero 99

27 Taking Time to Listen B. Lee White 102

4 The Power of Relaxing

28 Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Pamela Rose Hawken 107

29 The Healing Power of Toilet Paper Toni Becker 109

30 Try a Smile Ferida Wolff 113

31 Eighty-Five Percent Jerri Elders 115

32 Uncovered Tom Kaden 119

33 The Onion Room Sally Willard Burbank 122

34 Becoming the Sunflower Lisa Wojcik 126

35 Being a Positive Expert Shirley Dunn Perry 129

36 The Gift Horses Mouth Sue Henninger 133

5 The Power of Gratitude

37 The Thank You Note Jeanette Hurt 141

38 The Book of Good Things Nina Taylor 143

39 Thanks to CF Allison Howell 145

40 The Journal Audrey Smith McLaughlin 148

41 Celebrate the Small Stuff Linda Jackson 151

42 From Misery to Meaning Rita Bosel 154

43 What's the Worst that Can Happen? Lynn Cahoon 157

44 86,400 Seconds Diane Stark 160

45 Entering the Thankful Zone Jeannie Lancaster 163

46 Charmed Tamara C. Roberts 165

6 The Power of Giving

47 Finish Lines Carol S. Rothchild 171

48 Happy Cancer-versary Sharri Bockheim Steen 175

49 Staff Lunch Pamela Gilsenan 178

50 While 1 Wait Lola Di Giulio De Mad 181

51 What Is the Higher Response? Mark Rickerby 184

52 Baskets Full of Hope Connie K Pombo 188

53 The Strength of Vulnerability Mary Anne Molcan 192

54 Jet's Gift Gail MacMillan 194

55 Looking Out a Window Jane McBride Choate 198

56 Unity in Goodbye Jean Ferratier 201

7 The Power of Dreaming

57 Living Our Dreams Sarah C. Hummell 209

58 I Have It Kerri A. Davidson 212

59 Pinstripe Dreams Kimberly A. Porrazzo 216

60 Open Your Books Liz Graf 219

61 Living the Dream Ange Shepard 223

62 There's No Ceiling On Dreams Sioux Roslawski 226

63 Lessons in Line Pamela Gilsenan 229

64 The Tunnel Aaron Stafford 232

8 The Power of Challenging Yourself

65 Oh Chute Nancy Lombard Burall 239

66 We Talked Good Gunter David 243

67 The Roller Coaster Rebecca Waters 247

68 In the Cards Tom Krause 250

69 Captain Courageous Carol E. Ayer 253

70 How I Got My Wings Allyssa Bross 256

71 Finding Myself on Route 50 John M. Scanlan 259

72 They Said I Couldn't… But I Did Teresa Ambord 263

9 The Power of Self-Improvement

73 Saved from Myself Jay Berman 271

74 Maintenance Required Tsgoyna Tanzman 274

75 The Day I Took Control Monica A. Andermann 276

76 Who Wants Ice Cream? Mary Jo Marcellus Wyse 280

77 How to Do Fine Christopher Allen 285

78 The End of Excuses Janey Womeldorf 289

79 Sock Puppets Randi Sue Huchingson 292

80 Starting Fresh Pat Wahler 294

81 Focusing on What We Have Lisa Hutchison 297

10 The Power of Watching Others

82 Just a Kid Carl Van Landschoot 303

83 We Are Survivors Cindy Charlton 307

84 Two Strong Feet Monica A. Andermann 311

85 The Wounded Healer Mary Varga 314

86 Moving Forward in Reverse Scott Martin 318

87 Lightning Up My Life Dale Mary Grenfell 322

88 Mr. Musau Nafisa Rayani 326

89 What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger Miranda Johnson 329

90 Voice of Reason Michael Jordan Segal 333

91 Dark Victory Amy Gray Light 335

11 The Power of Changing Your Thoughts

92 The Book Shelf H.J. Eggers 343

93 Insomnia, Susan Kimmel Wright 347

94 Fighting Cancer with Attitude Florence Strang 350

95 No More Bad Days Alice Marks 353

96 Adventure and Attitude Go Hand in Hand Julie Lavender 356

97 Yet a Word May Change Your Life… JC Sullivan 360

98 Making Peace Jennifer Lang 364

99 A for Attitude Linda O'Connell 368

100 A Different Point of View Audrey Clearwater 370

101 The Excited Mark Sandy Stevener 373

Meet Our Contributors 377

Meet Our Authors 394

Thank You 396

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 398

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    Posted February 3, 2013

    Love the positive stories

    Love the positive stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Good book


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Marc.....YOU HERE

    Hey...thabks for coming....

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