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Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity

Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity

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by Karen Salmansohn

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Stay happy—no matter how much life throws at you!

Happiness expert and Oprah columnist Karen Salmansohn presents a collection of 50 inspirational inner peptalks to boost your confidence, attitude, and mood. These peptalks are different than affirmations because they’re feisty, fun and memorable—and will thereby stick in your brain like a


Stay happy—no matter how much life throws at you!

Happiness expert and Oprah columnist Karen Salmansohn presents a collection of 50 inspirational inner peptalks to boost your confidence, attitude, and mood. These peptalks are different than affirmations because they’re feisty, fun and memorable—and will thereby stick in your brain like a catchy song. You’ll naturally want to keep repeating them, thereby changing your neural pathways so you’re inclined to think positive thoughts, which lead to positive habits, which lead to a positively happy life!

Whether you’re feeling stressed, need motivation, are dealing with haters, or need to turn your tale of woe into a tale of wow, THINK HAPPY’s instant peptalks and whimsical illustrations will grump-proof your brain so you can move forward with optimism, resilience, and plain ol’ fabulousness.

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Praise for Karen Salmansohn:

Salmansohn reminds us that in life, we are in charge of our own destiny. We have the power to overcome through gratitude, humor and courage.
 –Tony Robbins, New York Times Best Selling Author
Karen is an expert on psychological research studies to help you not only recover from the tough times, but also bounce back to an even higher level than your previous bests. 
– Tim Ferriss, New York Times Best Selling Author
Karen packs a library’s worth of proven insights into all she does. For anyone mired in the dumps – or who just wants to live more joyfully – Karen’s for you! 
– Gretchen Rubin, New York Times Best Selling Author
Karen’s writing is like Paxil without the side effects.  If you’ve been sucker-punched by life (in other words, if you’re human), Karen gives you empowering, user-friendly tips to deal with it. The very act of reading her writing will make you feel happier. 
- A.J. Jacobs, New York Times Best Selling Author
Salmansohn’s writing is bold, playful, insightful – with powerful metaphors that provoke and inspire. Her kinetic images amplify her message and take her books to a new level of literary experience. 
– Deepak Chopra, New York Times Best Selling Author
If you’re not happy with what you’re getting, maybe you need a whole new plan. Karen Salmansohn offers you one. Start now!
– Seth Godin, New York Times Best Selling Author
Karen Salmansohn is a creative force of nature. I love her insights and relentless commitment to helping people live happy and successful lives. Her smart sense of humor and unusual metaphors make changing your life not only do-able but, totally fun. I simply adore her! 
– Marie Forleo, founder, The B School
Salmansohn’s got sass and shine! Her work sparks people to wake up, and at the same time, gives the comfort of perennial wisdom — such a divine combo. Sass and shine, in the best packaging! 
– Danielle LaPorte, best selling author of The Fire Starter Sessions and The Desire Map
Life is full of surprise challenges – and Karen Salmansohn offers informative research from the world of resiliency psychology to help ensure you bounce back from tough times stronger, better, happier! 
– Marci Shimoff, New York Times Best Selling Author
Salmansohn’s advice for regaining your footing after a life set back is smart, do-able and even fun. 
– Lucy S. Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF Magazine
Karen Salmansohn is the high priestess of great attitude! 
– Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times Best Selling author
Karen Salmansohn will lift your spirits at the same time, focus your path in the truths, challenges and opportunities found in everyday life. 
– Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society
Karen Salmansohn is a big brain in high heels. 
– Goldie Hawn, actress and founder The Hawn Foundation

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Words are powerful things. It’s actually appropriate to call words “things”—even though you can’t see words.
After all, words have weight. They can drag you down.

Words have height. They can lift you up.

Words have length. They can last a lifetime.

We have to be wildly watchful of the words we use—knowing that once these words go into our heads, it’s super hard to get ’em out of there! I know that eventually the words I use most often to talk about my life will become either a supportive inner voice or an inner bully.

Ditto with the words we say to others. Our words have the power to lift people up—or put them down. Our words can inspire confidence—or obliterate it. And so we must choose our words wisely. Over time, the words of all the various cheerleaders and critics we’ve had in our lives become our inner cheerleaders and inner critics. Basically, we gotta watch the words we think, speak, and listen to—because eventually these words create the world we see!

With this in mind, I’m excited for you to start using this book, so you can begin giving yourself the right words, at the right time. I call these motivating words “instant peptalks.” I recommend using them on a daily basis—or an insomniacal 3 a.m. basis. 

This collection of positive peptalks will quickly become your favorite go-to tool for whenever you need a little extra oomph and support.

The facts:
A range of neuroscientific studies support how positive affirmations, when consistently repeated, can wind up sinking into the subconscious mind—thereby affecting a person’s sense of self and their behavior.

The advantages of these 50 instant peptalks over regular ol’ affirmations:
These peptalks are far catchier and more logically convincing than mere affirmations—making them more liable to linger in your mind. Like a catchy song you can’t stop humming, you will find yourself instinctively playing these peptalks in your head as helpful reminders to keep on moving forward.

The result:
When used regularly, these peptalks will change your neural pathways, so you are more inclined to think optimistic thoughts, which lead to positive habits, which lead to a positively happier life!

My mission:
This book will become your “inner power tool” for staying strong, confident, and happy—no matter how much you-gotta-be-friggin’-kidding-me life throws at you! A quick flip-through will help you find the right words to say during a challenging time, to yourself or to a loved one.

Throughout my life I’ve experienced how the right turn of phrase can be very powerful. When I was a child, my mom used to say: “If you do what you always do, you’ll get what you always get.” Such a simple phrase—yet it has continued to influence me throughout my life. Now as a mom myself, I use this exact peptalk with my son! In fact, all of the peptalks in this book are awesome to use with children. They’ll permanently absorb these uplifting words—then wind up growing up with an inner cheerleader as their inner voice—instead of an inner fearleader.

As Muhammad Ali once said: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

Or as I like to say: “Sometimes you gotta fake positivity till you make positivity.”

These mindfully crafted peptalks have served me well to stay strong and full of faith in all that life has to offer. I hope they’ll also bring you impenetrable resilience to keep moving forward—and upward!

Meet the Author

KAREN SALMANSOHN is the best-selling author and book packager of more than 25 books for adults and tweens with more than 1 million copies sold. She has worked as an image consultant, serving clients such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Oxygen Media, and L'Oreal. She has been a featured happiness expert on the Today show, The View, CNN,Fox News, and Real Time with Bill Maher, and has written for Psychology Today, Mind Body Green, Positively Positive, and Huffington Post. She and her work have been covered by the New York Times, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, TimeMarie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, ELLE, and the New Yorker. She speaks widely on how to increase happiness, creativity, and productivity, most recently in a TEDx talk, "Fun Is a High Performance Fuel."

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Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
StorybookB 5 months ago
I have been LOVING this book! It's super cute, has beautiful illustrations with bright colors and they always cheer me up on an off day. The book has fun daily pep talks for every kind of mental funk you might find yourself in and has tips on how to get out of them which is super helpful. I love that this book is both fun AND functional. It would make a lovely gift too!
Griperang72a 11 months ago
I liked this bit from the introduction - words have weight, they can drag you down - words have weight, they can lift you up - words have length, they can last a lifetime. This is very true if you stop and think about it. How many times have someone's words brought you down or lifted you up? This book is broken down into different categories and within each of them they give you five ideas on what to do in different situtations. For example in the five things to say when dealing with a major challange it says " when you world gets turned upside down view it from a new perspective". Along with this saying it gives you a page where it goes more in depth about this. In this in depth page it tells us that sometimes shake-ups can force us to let go of what we've been holding onto too tightly (negative relationships, unhealthy habits, unloving beliefs etc.) freeing us to reach for something far better. So in a sense this bad luck event was really a lucky turnaround. Makes sense doesn't it. Another one I liked was "celebrate efforet, not outcome" or how about this one "you are a fine piece of china, don't let anoyone treat you like a paper plate" and one more for the road "don't look for a partner who is eye candy, look for a partner who is soul food". The sayings alone in this book make you stop and think and then when you add the in depth page with them it really make sense. This is a book that I will be looking and reading through more than once. I am happy that I decided to take a chance on this book.