Find out about the origin of positive thinking and its history
Great authors of all times have spoken about how our thoughts, and how we decide to look at things, condition the reality that we experience.
Already Epictetus in the first century said that "The thing that upsets people is not so much what happens, but what they think about what happens".
This can be one of the very first signals of the origin of positive thinking.
The US Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, mentions happiness as a right: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
The positive thinking movement and positive psychology derive from the New Thought Movement, at the origin of positive thinking.
This movement took place during the last part of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century mainly in North America.
Religious men (thinkers, philosophers, businessmen) started to write about the power of thoughts and positive thinking from a secular point of view.
The writing of several authors surrounds the origin of positive thinking. Their essays, poems and non-fiction writing were focused on the importance of thoughts and the mind:
The origin of positive thinking in our modern society is normally placed upon the publication of two books after the Great Depression in 1929: 'How to win friends and influence people', by Dale Carnegie, and 'Think and grow rich', by Napoleon Hill.
Napoleon Hill interviewed five hundred successful millionaires of his time, men and women, and wrote about their secrets for success in his 'Law of success'. He also contributed with his articles to Marden's 'Success' magazine.
In 1952 Norman Vincent Peale published 'The power of positive thinking', which was a Christian version of positive thinking. Peale founded the 'Guideposts' magazine.
A great influence in the field of positive thinking is also Earl Nightingale, who published 'The strangest secret' in 1957, the first positive thinking audio recording.
It was initially created by Nightingale for his sales staff while he was away from the business. The strangest secret is "We become what we think about".
Maxwell Maltz published 'Psycho-cybernetics' in 1960, in which he explains how the mind works and how to use positive thinking, and also proposes exercises to train the mind.
All these books were very popular and helped a number of people to achieve success overtime. There are institutions nowadays that teach the principles of these books through seminars and conferences.
Positive thinking is applied to many different fields in the twenty-first century: in business and sales, in health, sports, children education, psychology, motivation and inspiration, self-image, or marketing.
Many authors follow the positive thinking movement and apply it to different areas. The following are just a few of them, maybe the most famous ones:
Find out more about positive thinking authors and texts through these positive thinking information links.
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