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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible will inspire and encourage readers to follow their hearts, with stories of optimism, faith, and strength. In bad times and good, readers will find encouragement to keep a positive attitude.

It's always better to look on the bright side. The true stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible will encourage readers to stay positive with 101 stories about reaching higher and accomplishing more than they ever thought possible. This book continues Chicken Soup for the Soul's focus on inspiration and hope, reminding us that each day holds something to be thankful for.

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Five ways to use positive thinking to improve your life
Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible by Amy Newmark and Deborah Norville

Scientific studies prove it: Positive thinking really does work! You’ll learn 101 ways to "think possible" when you read the inspiring stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible. Here are five tips for how you can use a positive attitude to improve your own life.

  1. Follow your heart. Self-proclaimed "Oprah student" Ariffa Hosein always wanted to see Oprah live, but found excuses to not submit an audience request form. "The naysayers in my life considered her teachings 'luxuries,'" Ariffa writes. "Money, degrees, marriage—those were tangible things that they valued. Self-esteem and following one’s life purpose came afterwards." Years later, she found herself with all those tangible things and unhappy. "I slowly lost focus and became obsessed with having more instead of being more," Ariffa says. Then when Oprah announced her show was ending, Ariffa finally pursued her lifelong dream and sent in a request. Ariffa ended up getting selected to attend Oprah’s very last show! While Ariffa’s life didn’t change drastically, it did change for the better. "I know who I am and what I want," she says. "I also know that I’m not there yet and that’s okay."
  2. Accept a new path to success. When Peris DeVohn Edwards didn’t make it to the NFL after a successful college football career, he knew he had to find a new dream. Despite some setbacks and working a dead-end job, Peris stayed upbeat. "I held out hope that success was just around the corner," he says. So when a friend suggested firefighting, Peris wholeheartedly embraced the idea. His determined optimism also helped him face the challenges ahead—like being one of more than 1,300 applicants vying for 25 spots. "I had made up my mind that I was going to become a firefighter," Peris writes, "and nothing could stop me." And through hard work, dedication and a positive attitude, Peris succeeded!
  3. Tell yourself good things. Karen Frazier was miserable. She was in an unhappy marriage, working a job she hated, and constantly broke. Then an article she read on affirmations inspired her, and every night for months she wrote the same 10 affirmations 10 times over. Each one detailed the better life she visualized as if it were already true. It wasn’t until a few years later, even after her nightly affirmation writing petered out, that she realized her life matched everything she had envisioned. "Through affirmation and visualization, I had created exactly the life I wanted for myself," Karen writes. "Using these tools can set the wheels in motion to bring about lasting change in your life."
  4. Don’t be afraid to try and fail. After failing a second time to muster the courage to ask a woman for her number, Darrell Horwitz had a revelation: rejection would not kill him. With that new attitude, Darrel determined he would never miss an opportunity again. "The only way I can fail is if I don’t try" became his mantra. "Instead of living life in fear and negativity, I now had the freedom to determine what my future would be," Darrell says. "It opened up an entire new world for me and that was empowering." No longer afraid of the word "no," Darrell pursued every opportunity he saw. "If you can visualize a seeming failure as a positive, it empowers you to move forward and keep on trying," he says. This formerly shy guy became a successful car salesman and pursued his dream of sports writing too. "The only way you can fail," Darrell says, "is by not trying in the first place."
  5. Confront your fears. Jenna Glatzer struggled with panic attacks that kept her homebound for years. "I didn’t think I would ever get better," she shares. But over the course of four years, Jenna overcame many of her fears—going to a restaurant, taking her cat to the vet—and started living again! Then she challenged herself to confront her biggest fear—flying. She was terrified. "But I used the power of positive thinking to get myself ready," Jenna says. She battled all her scary what-ifs with this mantra: ‘"I can and I am.’" She says, "No matter what fears cropped up in my mind, I would answer them with that: my shorthand version of ‘I can do it, and I am doing it.’" And she did. Jenna flew to Florida with her family and had a great vacation. After that she flew several more times for work, writing a book with Celine Dion! "Those flights—all of them—were perfect. It marked the final end of my panic disorder," Jenna says. "[W]hat I’ve taken from that difficult time is my power to reclaim my thoughts from the grips of fear. Whenever I face a challenge now, I remember the power of those five words and how far I’ve come: I can and I am."
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