I am sure nearly everyone in the world knows who Donald Trump is. The same cannot be said of Norman Vincent Peale. But during the 1950s, Norman Vincent Peale was a household name in America and around the world. A Presbyterian Minister, Peale skyrocketed to fame with his 1952 book The Power of Positive Thinking. In what was considered the first “self-help” book, Peale combined Christianity, capitalism, and cheerfulness into a best seller. Here is a but a sample:
The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.