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Every cloud has a silver lining. With its 101 stories of optimism, faith, and strength, this book will encourage readers to stay positive during challenging times and in their everyday lives. Readers will be inspired by these real-life stories from people just like them, taking a positive attitude to the ups and downs of life, and remembering to be grateful and count their blessings. This book continues Chicken Soup for the Soul's focus on inspiration and hope and its stories remind us that each day holds something to be thankful for. A great start to the New Year.

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Five Tips for Keeping a Positive Outlook on Life

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark Foreword by Deborah Norville

There is something to be thankful for every day, and every day is a new beginning. In fact, scientific studies have proven that a positive attitude actually has measurable benefits and grateful, positive people report they enjoy better lives. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control how we react. Here are some tips to help you live every day to its fullest!

1. Decide to make each day your masterpiece. When Dallas Woodburn had to move back in with her parents after college, she felt like a failure. "I felt like everyone but me was out in the world doing exhilarating, impactful things." Woodburn refused to let her situation get the best of her. She decided to make each day count by looking at her newfound freedom as a gift rather than a curse. She embraced the phrase "Make each day your masterpiece" as her own personal motto. As a result of her new mindset, Dallas realized what she was really passionate about and used each day to do the things that meant the most to her.

2. Count your blessings. Miriam Hill had a somber outlook on life until she was challenged by a book she was reading to list one hundred blessings. After seeing all of the good things in her life, her outlook began to change. She realized she had so much to be thankful for and that one hundred blessings didn’t even begin to cover it. "Soon my furrowed brow disappeared and I began to smile." By seeing what was positive in her life, she was able to forget the negative and really appreciate what she had.

3. Find the good in the bad. When Kathi Schafer looked out her car window all she saw was a sea of weeds, but her daughter saw it a little differently. She saw the field of fluffy white dandelions as a field of wishes. She cried, "Oh, Mommy, look at all those wishes!" Her daughter was able to recognize the good in what most people would consider to be less than ideal. Making an effort to find the good when the situation seems unpleasant can help to change your view on life and brighten your day.

4. Treat every day like Friday. Elaine Bridge used to buy plain coffee all week and reserved special coffee drinks for Fridays. One Tuesday she had a craving for cappuccino, but she resisted this inclination because "coffee treats were reserved for Fridays." She then realized that every day has the potential to be a special day, not just Friday. Now she makes every day a Friday. There is no reason to categorize some days as better than others — every day has the potential to be a special day.

5. You have the power to choose your mood. Julie Havener felt overwhelmed by a variety of struggles that had seemingly taken over her life, particularly her spirit. A self-proclaimed optimist, she was unable to shake the feeling of gloom that overwhelmed her. As she pulled up to a stoplight, she noticed the license plate on the car in front of her: it read "SUNZOUT." The license plate on the car directly next to it read "GROUCH." The opposing license plates helped her to realize her mood was a choice that only she could make.

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