How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life

Be all you can be.

Just do it.

Nothing is impossible.

Pay it forward.

Live your dream.

Positive thinking surrounds us. It’s the language that we use in everyday life. It’s the language that people use when they’re trying to persuade us of something.

And as Mitch Horowitz points out in One Simple Idea, it all comes from one simple idea that bubbled up in American mystical subcultures in the mid-nineteenth century: “thoughts are causative.”

No one has yet written a serious and broad-ranging treatment and history of the positive-thinking movement. Until now.

You’ll be fascinated by the connections Mitch Horowitz makes in One Simple Idea. From motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to the twelve-step programs and support groups of the recovery movement to the rise of positive psychology and stress-reduction therapies, the legacy of this one simple idea has impacted nearly every aspect of American life.


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