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"A heartening pick-me-up. " People magazine Joan Lunden's 200,000-plus bestseller,as featured on "Dateline," "The View," "Larry King Live,"and "Rosie O'Donnell,"

"Good Morning America's" popular cohost Joan Lunden delivers a wonderfully intimate collection of personal affirmations and invaluable advice.

Mixing beautifully written ruminations on the lessons she has learned throughout her life with an inspiring collection of her favorite quotes,Lunden demonstrates the matchless value of a positive,"you-can-do-it" ...

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Overview

"A heartening pick-me-up. " People magazine Joan Lunden's 200,000-plus bestseller,as featured on "Dateline," "The View," "Larry King Live,"and "Rosie O'Donnell,"

"Good Morning America's" popular cohost Joan Lunden delivers a wonderfully intimate collection of personal affirmations and invaluable advice.

Mixing beautifully written ruminations on the lessons she has learned throughout her life with an inspiring collection of her favorite quotes,Lunden demonstrates the matchless value of a positive,"you-can-do-it" attitude as she shows readers exactly how to take charge of their lives,dreams,and goals.

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"A heartening pick-me-up. " People magazine Dear Friends For years,I've collected my favorite motivational and inspirational quotes,and I often refer to them. They brighten my spirits,calm my anxieties,and challenge me to be a better person and to act on my dreams. I'm sharing this collection with you in hopes that it can give you a confidence boost when needed. I look at these wake-up calls as "mental makeovers" or small attitude adjustments that can make a big difference. These winning strategies have enriched my life; I hope that they can inspire you to realize your dreams.

Joan Lunden is a bestselling author of four books and was for two decades the co-host of Good Morning America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071379700
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/30/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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Attitudes Are Contagious - Is Yours Worth Catching?

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.
-George Horace Lorimer

It seems that no matter how much you reflect, meditate, eat right, and breathe deeply…from time to time you still wake up on the wrong side of the bed! Do you have mornings where you just feel out of sorts?

I know I've had mornings like that-and sometimes for no good reason. When I was hosting "Good Morning America," this was, of course, a much bigger problem for me. One of our stage directors, Patty Sheenan, always sensed when Charlie Gibson or I was having a tough morning. That was when she would look us square in the eye and say, "You can start your day over at any time." I always appreciated that gentle reminder. It's reassuring to know that I can control how I feel and what I do on any given day. The way I choose to see the world creates the world I see.

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you…as by the attitude you bring to life.
-John Homer Mills

The good news is, that the bad news can be turned into good news when you change your attitude.
-Robert Schuller

An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.
-Sir Winston Churchill

Positive thoughts are extremely powerful. It was no accident that I started writing this book with a chapter on positive thinking. I've interviewed many writers over the years who have shared their thoughts on the misery of "writer's block." While empathetic, I now realize that you can't really know what a person is going through until you have experienced the same situation. Now I was questioning whether or not I could inspire others. Could I possibly even make someone laugh? I needed positive reinforcement to put me on the right track:

Doubt:

Positive Reinforcement:

Who am I to write a book?

Today, I have something to contribute.

These quotes move me, will others care?

Today, I have the opportunity to share my thoughts with others.
How do I share the chaos called my life?

Today, I find the humor in the emotional experience called life.
Will this book make a difference?

Today, I let go of my insecurities and trust in my abilities. How long will I have to stare at this blank page? Today, I will commit to filling a page (even if I throw it out tomorrow).

Ok, now I feel better….Everything we think affects our spirit, our attitude, and our ability to participate in life. In fact, it has often been said that what we become is what we think about most of the time.

There is no danger of developing eye strain from looking on the bright side of things.
-Unknown

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
-Martha Washington

Some people look at the world and say "why?"
Some people look at the world and say "why not?"
-George Bernard Shaw

We need to pay close attention to the menu of thoughts and images that runs through our minds. If we choose positive thoughts and images, they then become our inspirations. Conversely, negative thoughts become our demons, our tormentors, and our roadblocks.

Two men looked out through prison bars; one saw mud, the other, stars.
-James Allen

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal: nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
-Thomas Jefferson

Life is ten percent what you make it, and ninety percent how you take it.
-Irving Berlin

I've come to think of a positive attitude as an "inside job." Just as we nurture our physical bodies with the right vitamins and nutrients, we must nurture our minds with good thoughts. I know that there are certain songs that can instantly put me in a positive frame of mind. I keep a Carole King CD in my car at all times, just so I can turn up the volume to hear "You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face, and show the world all the love in your heart. Then people gonna treat you better. You're gonna find, yes, you will, that you're beautiful as you feel." This is my sure-fire way of putting a smile on my face-it works every time!
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Table of Contents

Dedication.
Introduction: A Mind Lift Is Better Than a Face Lift!
Attitudes are Contagious - Is Yours Worth Catching?
How Can You Stuff a Big Life into a Small Dream?
Go Out on a Limb, That's Where the Fruit Is!
Believe in Yourself and Others Will Too!
Change Is Inevitable, Suffering Is Optional.
Let It Go Already!
Be Bold in What You Stand for, Careful in What You Fall For.
Put a Little Love in Your Life.
For Fast Acting Relief, Try Slwoing Down!
Age Is a State of Mind.
Suggestions for Further Reading.
Photo Credits.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    Inspirational & Uplifting

    This is a great book to read when you need or lack advice and need an inspiring quote to make sense of your problems, past, or future decisions, etc. I think the quotes that were chosen are an excellent way to remind us how small we are in this great world of ours and that we need to slow down and not take life for granted.

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