Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy: 101 Stories about Creating Your Best Life

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy: 101 Stories about Creating Your Best Life

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy: 101 Stories about Creating Your Best Life

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy: 101 Stories about Creating Your Best Life


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These 101 true stories will inspire you to think positive to live a happier life.

Everyone can use a little more positive thinking—to create an even better life. Your attitude is a powerful tool, and these stories from real people show you how to think yourself into a more fulfilling, happier life.

As co-author Deborah Norville says, “Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world. Sometimes you need an example to follow, a how-to that works for you. These stories can help you do just that.”

In this collection, you'll read stories about:
  • making every day count through mindfulness and thankfulness
  • trying new things and stepping outside your comfort zone
  • simple phrases that could change your life
  • turning lemons to lemonade and finding the silver lining in every situation
  • finding your inner strength and turning adversity into opportunity
  • counting your blessings and using the power of gratitude
  • rebooting your life and living with passion and purpose
  • how volunteering and making a difference can turn your life around
  • strategies that work for bringing joy back into your life
  • techniques for managing cancer and other health challenges

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611599923
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 179,464
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Amy Newmark is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Deborah Norville is the anchor of Inside Edition, the nation's longest running, top-rated syndicated newsmagazine. The two-time Emmy-Award winner and lecturer is also a New York Times best-selling author. She and her husband have three children.

Table of Contents

Introduction Deborah Norville 1

1 Live in the Moment

1 Facing the Fear Amy Newmark 7

2 A Splash of Perspective Marcus A. Nelson 11

3 A Plague of Joy Heidi Allen 14

4 Positive to the End Matt Chandler 17

5 Notice, Appreciate, Multiply Jude Walsh 21

6 My Basement Nancy Merczel 24

7 The Light in the Produce Section Jodi Whitsitt 28

8 Opening the Door to Joy Kim Johnson McGuire 30

9 A Stone's Throw David Warren 33

2 Count Your Blessings

10 A Change in Focus R'becca Groff 37

11 Thanksgiving x 100 M. Scott Coffman 40

12 Yogurt Jamie Coombs 43

13 Choosing Gratitude Mary Potter Kenyon 45

14 When "Have To" Becomes "Get To" Victoria Otto Franzese 49

15 Reach Out Kathleen Gerard 52

16 My Gladitude Journal Ann Morrow 55

17 The Day Courage Sat in the Barber's Chair Judythe Guamera 58

18 Comparing Lists Vicki L. Julian 61

3 Give It a Try

19 From Dread to Dream Lindsay Detwiler 64

20 The Now Diana Lynn 66

21 A Winning Smile Eva Carter 69

22 The Doctor Is In Donna L. Roberts 73

23 Simple Courage Tracy Crump 75

24 Can't Is a Four-Letter Word Brenda Beattie 78

25 Yes, I Will Jennifer McMurrain 81

26 Seeing with Your Heart Mark Mason 85

27 Just Start Heather Spiva 89

4 The Power of Attitude

28 A New Way of Thinking Big Kerrie R. Barney 93

29 Biking to Life Ingrid Tomey 96

30 Playing All the Angles Darrell Horwitz 100

31 I'm Wonderful! Kristine Byron 103

32 How I Rebuilt My Life Using the Joy Test Joyce Lombardi 105

33 Happiness Is an Inside Job Tom Guetzke 109

34 Right Turn Only S.K. Naus 112

35 Think Like a Winner Bobbie Jensen Lippman 115

36 I Woke Up This Morning Frederick Loomis 118

37 Darkness & Light Jennifer Loomis Kennedy 121

5 The Words That Changed My Life

38 On Roses and Life Dana Drosdick 127

39 A Simple Change Courtney Wright 130

40 The Ice Cream Truck Samantha LaBarbera 133

41 Why Not? Gwen Cooper 136

42 Everything We Need Diane Morrow-Kondos 138

43 Serendipity Suzette Martinez Standring 140

44 Happy Cells Are Healthy Cells C. L. Pryor 142

45 The Can Man Sarah Wagner 146

46 Could I Trouble You? Karen Haueisen Crissinger 148

47 Never Too Old Jen Chapman 151

6 From Lemons to Lemonade

48 A Positive Message from a Time Traveler Nick Walker 154

49 A Little Exercise Class Kristen Mai Pham 157

50 Filling a Need Carole Brody Fleet 161

51 On Hair with 'Tude Ina Massler Levin 164

52 Coffee with Dad Cheryl M. Scott 167

53 Even a Cold Fish Needs Love Wendy J. Hairfield 169

54 Halloween Heroes Diane St. Laurent 172

55 Angelica Melanie Chartoff 174

56 Snapshots Perry P. Perkins 177

7 Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

57 How Losing My Home Improved My Life Lisa Swan 181

58 The View from the Back Seat Joan M. Borton 185

59 The Review Is In Carol L. MacKay 187

60 When the Blind Taught Me to See Cher P. Garman 191

61 More Important than Fear Connie K. Pombo 195

62 Oh, I've Always Wanted to Do That "Sunny" Esther Valenzuela 198

63 Mommy Molly and Magic Stephanie Blank 201

64 Aftermath Leah Cano 205

65 The Lake Weekend Claire Chargo 208

8 Find Your Inner Strength

66 The Miracle of the Potatoes Denise Del Bianco 213

67 Walking Back to Me Amy Michels Cantley 216

68 Creating a New Story Noelle C. Nelson 219

69 What's Next? Linda Ruescher 222

70 Good Morning, Five Toes Glenda Standeven 225

71 That Smile Jim Grayson 229

72 Four Little Words Laura Niebauer Palmer 233

73 Can't Take My Smile Sarah E. Morin 237

9 Make Every Day Count

74 Choosing Joy Lori Ann King 242

75 A Simple Life Lesson Lisa Leshaw 245

76 The Mickey Mouse Watch Arthur Wiknik, Jr 247

77 Hymns of Praise Judee Stapp 249

78 The Bucket List Lori Kempf Bosko 252

79 Think Like a Dog Lauren Mosher 254

80 What My Children Have Taught Me Mimi Greenwood Knight 256

81 You Are More Than You Know Mindi Ellis 259

82 What I Wouldn't Give… Amanda Sue Creasey 262

10 Reboot Your Life

83 From the Depths to the Heights Brian Narelle 265

84 The Dancing Rabbi Sue Ross 269

85 Big Red Divorce Boots Diane Morrow-Kondos 273

86 Never Give Up on Your Dreams Carol C. Lake 276

87 I Don't Have Arthritis Monica A. Andermann 280

88 Dragonflies Celeste Bergeron Ewan 283

89 Born at Age Fifty-Five Barbara Bartocci 286

90 Repairing Brokenness Jody Fuller 290

91 A Little Birdie Told Me Lacey L. Bakker 294

92 The Right Dream Pam Phree 297

11 Make a Difference

93 Mindfulness Matters Adam Avin 301

94 Happy Thankful Thursday! LaTonya Branham 304

95 A Bethany Blessing Elaine Marie Cooper 307

96 Operation Sunshine Jan Hopkins-Campbell 310

97 #MakeaStrangersDay Jodi Renee Thomas 314

98 Warm from the Inside Out Frances R. McGuckin 318

99 Leading the Fire Drill Judy Lee Green 321

100 90,000 Doughnuts Sheena Carach 325

101 A Place to Call Home Jack Byron 328

Meet Our Contributors 333

Meet Amy Newmark 351

Meet Deborah Norville 353

Thank You 354

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 355

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