The Power of Positive Thinking: 22 Thoughts to Change Your Life

The Power of Positive Thinking

In my lovely Iranian culture, where the power of positive thinking and inner peace hardly makes an appearance, I grew up seeing the terrible impact of this mindset around me all the time: Some people were apparently born lucky and others, well, not so lucky.

“We are each responsible for all of our experiences.”
Louise Hay

I would hear grown ups talk about how “lucky” this person is and how sadly this other person’s life turned out. How someone ended up with their own company or rich by marriage and oh how it was always about “luck”!

It was really scary to think of myself tossed into the well of life and swished around uncontrollably as I waited with baited breath to see if life spits me out as lucky or unlucky. “Oh God, please let me be the “lucky” kind.” I would beg in my childhood prayers, “I don’t like the stuff they say about the “unlucky” ones!”

Now, I understand the power of positive thinking to guide my life. I realize that everyone who believed those thoughts was – and is – terribly misguided. A nice word for ABSOLUTELY WRONG, if you will. Some people very close to me still think this way, that life is going to decide their destiny. Not them. Not their actions and least of all, not their thoughts.

Of course, I grew up being a disgusting victim of this mindset and as a bonus, carried it well into my 20s with me. I was determined and ambitious but those traits went toward studying and educating myself. They did not go toward understanding the simplest and MOST powerful concept of all: that we become our thoughts and that our thoughts in turn create our magnificent reality.

The Power of Positive Thoughts

The power of positive thoughts was proven to Louise Hay by her own life experience and made extremely popular over the years, thanks to her. Then years later, it was proven scientifically that by controlling and thinking positive thoughts, you actually create new neural pathways in your brain. I paraphrase a doctor, who was interviewed in the video below, saying: “We can rewire the patterns in our brain with the cognitive behavioral affirmations. It is not just the fluff, woo-woo stuff. Positive thoughts change the way our brain is wired. It really has biochemical, neuro-chemical affects on our brain.” And so, yes, with your thoughts, you can therefore change your life.

“You are not a helpless victim of your own thoughts, but rather a master of your own mind.”
Louise Hay

The root of unhappiness originates from your thoughts, and there is no shortage of bad thoughts so if you want to eradicate all traces of happiness from your daily life, you will have a large enough army to do that every single day, no matter how amazing your life may be. You have life experience, so you don’t need proof for this one. You have done it to yourself or seen others around you succumb to this and it is an ugly spiral, which leads to depression and often off to the doctor to get medicated.

As much as I thank the heavens for living in the age of modern medicine, I am appalled by the abusive over-medication of our generation, and the complete ignorance of the simple natural changes that can bring about real results without all the harm. But you see, changing our thoughts is not as easy as popping those pills and playing a victim of circumstance all day long.

The ego gets in the way and decides you can’t possibly think that changing your silly thoughts will actually turn around your miserable life, now, can you? That’s for those crazy people out there who believe in magic. No, you are “realistic” and “practical” and that means, your life is average, and generally very hard, and there is really nothing that special about it, and so no reason to be all that “happy” after all.

Rubbish thoughts that rob the very spirit of life and turn all your blessings into average nothings and always wish, dream, and envy the rest of the world because their life is so perfect and their luck so rare.

Yeah, that’s a recipe for unhappiness that works every single time, because human nature fights the positive thinking!

And yet, that state of unhappiness is precisely what my Iranian culture seemed to be in love with. What is this crazy love affair with unhappiness? What is this obsession to make a perfectly good day a miserable one with envy, jealously, wishful thinking, and countless signs and snarly remarks. What is this magnetic pull to stay unhappy and be so hesitant to admit that LIFE IS GOOD and that alone is a perfectly good reason to be ridiculously happy.

“Your mind is a tool you can choose to use any way you wish.”
Louise Hay

So… thanks to my backwards upbringing and cultural influence that blames anything and everything from luck, chance, genes, circumstances, what-have-you, for the success of others and the misery of the self, anything except our very own thoughts, I have now become madly vigilant about embracing the power of positive thinking and spreading it like a bloody gospel!

Change These 22 Negative Thoughts to Positive Thoughts

Alright, time for some action. This one is about changing the conversation with yourself, and about eliminating old harmful thoughts for new fresh and empowering ones. It won’t be a picnic at the start, because for some strange reason, we love wallowing in misery and desperation and jealousy. Well, those “pleasures” will take leave when you change over to positive thoughts.

A promise: You won’t miss them because you will greet a new feeling: happiness and empowerment.

So next time you hear yourself say the thoughts in the red, change it to the ones in the black. Easy enough? Let practice be the teacher. Your job is to push gently – without forcing the issue – but to keep pushing, and to not lose persistence, and to be willing to change your whole life by starting with your thoughts.

Treat the new phrases as a mantra, as a prayer, as a new baby you want to protect, as a curiosity so you allow it to do its work, and as a rule with loving kindness and firmness. Repeat them over and over, as long as it takes until they do replace the negative, disgusting, and black thoughts and start to shine their light on you.

1. I am not enough …. I have so much that it’s hard to believe I’ve been this fortunate. Don’t make me count them for you!

2. I don’t have enough I don’t see why I need to “have” in order to be happy when happiness stems from deep within.

3.  I am not pretty enough. ….. Oh I am plenty pretty, and the more I take care of me, the more beautiful I become.

4. I am not smart enoughI am smart enough to know that maybe I need to apply my smarts better or in a different place.

5. I don’t know how that works [computer, technology, a system, a tool, etc]I may not have the skills but I can learn, and learn anything I shall!

6. I am not tech savvy. … but so is no one else when they first start, don’t forget they didn’t become savvy overnight.

7. I doubt it will happen or come through…. I am counting on it happening and either way, I will be delighted with the outcome because something better will happen if this doesn’t come through.

8. I don’t think they will take me….. If they don’t feel I am right for them, then it’s best for both of us that they don’t take me. I trust they will make the right decision.

“Remember, you are the only person who thinks in your mind! You are the power and authority in your world.”
Louise Hay

9. I can’t survive without [a person, a pet, a friend that is lost]…. I am feeling lost and sad without [this person/pet] but I will heal and find inner peace again.

10. I am probably going to be rejected…. I have given it my all and I have a 100% chance of success, either by being accepted or by realizing that this is not the right thing at the right time for me.

11. I should’ve done it yesterday…. Today is a good time to do this.

12. I am broken…. I am healing every day and it’s an amazing process.

13. I am weak. …. I am stronger than I think.

14. I can’t possibly do that.…. How can I ever know the extent of my powers if I don’t first try. In fact, forget try. I am going to DO and find out next. Thank you, dear sweet Yoda.


15. I wish I wish I wish …. I can I will I shall.

16. I wish I could succeed like him/her …..I create my own success and I alone decide on the precise depth and length of that success.

17. I am too old for this stuff………What is getting in my way of learning this stuff and what does age have to do with learning?  [Just find some role models. There are 80-year-olds that are happier and more active than all of us. Why can’t we do it with all this youth and abundance?]

“Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older.”
Louise Hay

18. I am too set in my ways …… I am willing to change. I am not an animal. I am a human being with intelligence, and I can change if I desire it.

19. I am not gifted like them.….. I bet I could surprise myself if I set my mind to it.

20. I wish I were rich………I am betting on creating my own wealth.

21. I can always run out and get a job ….. I am going to make self-employment rock my world, it is my only choice and my only path so backup plans begone.

22. I am lucky if [followed generally by two dozen excuses]……… Oh I am so lucky to be and to exist and to have the blessing of life and the gift of freedom.

There are more thoughts. Thousands of more thoughts, but it’s impossible to list them all. It is better if you train yourself so that you can apply this change to every thought by using the examples above.

When you change your thoughts, you change your energy, your attitude, your outcomes and your life.

“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our mind … Claim and consciously use your power.”
Louise Hay

Applying your affirmations: I have found that affirmations work best when I use them along with guided meditation tracks.

So go ahead. Change ONE single thought from negative to purely positive. How does it feel? And what countless doors does it open in your mind and subsequently, in your life? Believe in the the power of positive thinking. Believe in YOU!

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  • Vidya Sury

    Exceptional post. And we here, in India, have our own “Karma” theory and blame fate for whatever does not work out the way it was expected to. Quite disgusting really. But I think the old negative thought-processes are thankfully being replaced by wiser and more logical ones. I am a staunch believer of “think positive” and :-) my next post is about this. This attitude really makes a huge difference in the way life pans out – as I have experienced.

    Thank you, Farnoosh for the wonderful affirmation-type tips! No matter how much we know, what we practice, it is always inspiring to read motivating words.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Vidya, thank you so much for sharing this… Oh we have Khismet- or rather, Ghestmet if you want to get technical with accident, and it’s similar with Karma and it’s taught like it is a “fact”, you can’t even question it. Brave of you to question things….. And to be that positive thinking light in India. You have a hard job but who better than someone like you? THANK YOU for stopping over!

  • Lori Gosselin

    Hi Farnoosh!
    We’re on the same page. I too blogged about positive affirmations, inspired, of course, by the queen of the affirmation, Louise Hay! You covered the topic very well! I wrote one of my own recently:

    I lovingly release the past,
    I gratefully embrace the present,
    and I joyfully anticipate the future.

    Now come by and share your favorite positive affirmation at LFI!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear Lori, so ice to see you. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful affirmation. I love it and think I might steal it away 😉
      My favorite is simple (and effective when it works!) = Acknowledge & Release. I love it when my hubby says it to me a lot more actually.
      Will come over to LFI now… Big hugs.

  • Angela Artemis/Poweredbyintuition

    I’m overjoyed that you are sharing the fabulous positive message of Louise Hay! Reading her book in the 1980s, “You Can Heal Your Life,” really changed my life for the better. I still refer to it often.

    Loved all 22 ideas on the list. Awesome post!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Angela, your work and your books have affected me a great deal. Are you my Louise Hay in the making? :))
      Loved seeing you here. Thank you for stopping over….. I put that book in my shopping cart as soon as I watched that video. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Tess The Bold Life

    Hi Farnoosh,
    I saw Louise in person in the 80’s and then met her at a book show in Chicago in 2003. I got to talk to her because nobody was around. She’s so amazing. I want to grow old gracefully, just like Louise!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Tess, hello! So nice for you that it happened that way. I bet you enjoyed that conversation immensely and I can see you ONLY one way: gracefully, so growing old gracefully will be a natural for you, dear Tess. :)

  • veehcirra

    What inspiring affirmations these are Farnoosh. Thank you.

    I have to say Louise Hay has a good sense of humor this quote for some reason is making me so happy (“Remember, you are the only person who thinks in your mind!…”Louise Hay) How true is this :)

    I agree with you, when we change our thoughts our lives change. We can either choose to think bad or good thoughts. Sadly, bad thoughts are so attractive . I delight in knowing that it’s actually impossible to experience two emotions are the same time. One good thought at a time.

    That said, I feel that the most limiting thing in positive thinking, is the well played mental video we all have. I sometimes find myself tuning in to that frequency and just laugh. I am grateful, am now aware when my thoughts drift to it.

    Mustering our thoughts is like exercise. It takes practice, baby steps…the rewards are well worth the effort.


    P.S This is the best for all procrastinators out there me included, “I should’ve done it yesterday…. Today is a good time to do this.”

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear sweet Veeh, how are you? Thank you for sharing your beautiful insights. I am so glad you found this post applicable to your life. WHY are those thoughts so attractive? Tell me when you find out, ok? ;)!
      It is a process and it takes baby steps, every single day and every single time the thoughts come. Here’s to forward process, right?

  • Karl Staib

    This post hit the nail on the head for me. When I stopped letting my negative thoughts dictate my mood and actions I became so much happier and more productive. Whenever the negative inner voice gets louder I go for a walk or a bike ride and do a little self talk.

    On my walk or bike ride I’ll list all the positive stuff in my life and remember how blessed my life truly is.

    The other thing I do when the negative voice kicks in is take small actions. I’ll write an email offering some help or hop on Twitter and see if I can be of help. Whenever I focus on someone else my lousy mood usually goes away.

    • Farnoosh

      Hello Karl, how nice of you to poke your head over to share those lovely thoughts. Exercise as a release? I love it. It IS a good idea, it is most likely time for a break anyway – I am going to use that now, and your life, my life, the life of many of us, IS very blessed…. gotta remember it.
      And you are one generous soul, that goes without saying. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Cathy | Treatment Talk

    Hi Farnoosh,

    Lovely post and so inspiring. I love your line – “that we become our thoughts and that our thoughts in turn create our magnificent reality.” You are so right that when we change our thoughts, our life changes as well. And it’s all for the better. Thanks for sharing your post and the video.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Cathy, how nice to see you and how encouraging to hear your thoughts. So glad you liked that line. Take it and use it and spread it if you like. :) Big hugs.

  • William

    Social conditioning (without a specific term for it) can really hinder your process. This is defiantly the case in Ireland where you are regularly called stupid if you decide not to go along with the culture of drinking alcohol(even though it’s poison). Barstool philosophers regularly discourage others from achieving anything. In fact my dad even has this saying “in Europe they help you out, in England they look at you but in Ireland they drag you back”.

    Our modern education system seems so geared towards getting you to college, from college to a 9-5 job for life(than death). To think outside this box seems to cause conflict.

    Great article Farnoosh!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear William, please don’t let the social conditioning ruin your spirits for life. While the saying is amusing, I hope that you really do fight it. I like to think that in America, they let you be, and there is some of that same education system philosophy too but the capitalism world is so competitive and fun that you want to be a part of it. Drinking is a terrible escape from the beauty of life. I hope you find your true path, thanks so much for stopping over.

  • Dennis

    Love this post so much! :) I’d show them this if my friends keep on complaining their life and what they are having now. Appreciate and Be Thankful!


    • Farnoosh

      You are very welcome, and I am so glad you want to share the post, dear Dennis.

  • Christina

    I think you must be in my brain right now! I really embraced positive thinking some years ago, and saw wonderful results. Unfortunately, I let it lapse from time to time, but have been getting back into it. I’m re-reading some Napoleon Hill and right now, Joseph Murphy’s “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.” I’m seeing results almost instantly, and the more I do it, the better things get. It works! It really does!

    • Lori Gosselin

      Hi Christina,
      Dr. Joseph Murphy’s book was my intro to positive thinking years ago. He’s amazing.

      • Farnoosh

        Great, now I have to read this book too, thank you Christina and Lori, and I am so happy you enjoyed the post, Christina, and it’s OK to lapse from time to time, just bounce right back like a beautiful beach ball. :) Thank you for stopping by.

  • Paige | simple mindfulness

    I love this post! I don’t think it matters what culture or country you come from, humans seem to be pretty similar. Playing the victim is so easy and most humans drift towards what’s easy. Once you get in that rut which, as you’ve shown, is so heavily reinforced in almost all societies, it’s hard to change. Hard, but never impossible.

    I lived most of my life as a fairly negative and depressed victim – something I modelled from my mother. Once I saw the light and truly understood what I was doing to myself with my thinking, I went on a mission to radically change everything.

    Like you, I was determined and ambitious and focused that on my career. Now I focus it on creating the life I’ve always wanted.

    My favorite Louise Hay book is Heal Your Body, Heal Your Self. It’s basically a list of every physical ailment you can imagine with the corresponding emotional issue causing it and an affirmation to turn things around. 99.99% of my physical ailments are in my head. I’ve learned to tune into my body and listen to its message to understand the emotional issues that I need to work on. Louise’s book is the first place I go in this process. And it works every time. I heal the issue and my body is “magically” healed.

    Thanks so much for an amazing post Farnoosh!

    • Farnoosh

      Paige, we have so much in common …. I won’t repeat all of them but we just do….. and I am so happy you shared your life experience, it makes me feel so much better about mine, because negativity has been a demon in my life too. I am new to this saint – Louise Hay – and her book, “Change your thoughts, change your life” is being shipped to me as we speak, and I WILL do this more and more and more frequently – the first step is awareness, which you also shared.
      As to healing the body, I believe it, I really do. GOOD FOR YOU! I am so happy to get to know you better, Paige, thank you for stopping over.

  • Fran Sorin


    A magnificent article.

    I identify with your struggle of growing up and feeling like you have no control over how you live. I was taught at a young age to smile and pretend that the world was perfect….even though I knew it wasn’t. My false self prevailed for a long time. I looked happy but I was actually miserable. I had convinced myself otherwise. I thought I was a realist. In fact, I was a victim and didn’t even know it.

    It was only after I was hit by a depression at the height of my professional life and brought to my knees that I was able to begin to look at how I had been living my life. It was excruciating. But I knew that I couldn’t return to the life I was living.

    I am forever grateful for experiencing a crisis. It changed the course of my life. Like everyone, I am a work in progress. Today, I embrace and honor the fact that I am perfectly/imperfect.

    The influence of individuals like Joan Borysenko, Robert Benson and others involved in Mind/Body Medicine opened up a world to me.

    Although I used gardening for years as a way to help individuals open up to the possibility of becoming the artist of their own lives, this past year I decided that it was time not to hide behind the ‘gardening mantle’ and use my own personal experience and passion to guide other people who are trying to make meaning out of their lives. :) Fran

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Fran, HI!! Thank you for being here and for sharing your beautiful journey with such incredible openness….. A victim indeed – I echo that but slightly differently. You see, I keep saying how I don’t want to play the victim part in my life and I’ve been clear about that lately especially but over the years, the part that I was really actually being a victim never even came up because it was so deep in the surface, so I would say “Oh my gosh I didn’t get that job” whereas that really could have been changed with a better mindset but I never really thought how I am a victim of my terrible thoughts, you know?

      And I must say, gardening is an innovative way to open people to healing and to art…. I can’t wait to see more of your work on your site. THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts.

  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations}

    Darling Farnoosh,
    You know I am an optimistic rather super optimistic positive thinker. I LOVE Louise hay and all she says and does. I have literally read all her book more times than I can imagine.
    This post being about my two or rather 3 favorite things….Louise hay, Positive thinking & Healing…I absolutely LOVED it!
    I love that when you ventured out to post someone other than thy beautiful self’s video it was Louise Hay!
    Did i mention before….. how much I loved all your 22 thoughts. There is no stopping to what we are indeed capable of…successful healing and happiness all begin with a positively healed mind.
    Sending you love,

    • Farnoosh

      Zeenat, hi honey, her book just arrived today plus a DVD, I cannot wait to watch it. You are a LH in the making, you know that, I hope. :)
      Thank you for saying just why you loved my post, you are a darling that never fails to bring me all the shining light I need. Thank you and sending back the love in return. Big big hugs.

      PS: My fave part: “There is no stopping …… ” Nope. There isn’t. :)

  • Sibyl

    Loved this post Farnoosh and the affirmations. I think it is so helpful when you have the specific recommendations for what you should to to conquer the “negative committee” in your mind. Thanks for sharing.

    • Farnoosh

      Thank you dearest Sibyl. I am so happy to see you here, and I have no doubt you can teach me a thing or two in this topic yourself. Big hugs!

  • Lance

    This is wonderful and really inspirational, Farnoosh!

    For those moments when some sort of negative thought starts to sneak in there, this is a perfect refresher on turning that thought around…

    Exercise is a great one for me to turn my thoughts into positive action – even when I physically can’t do what I set out to – I still step away empowered by being there and leaving it all on the floor/mat/etc.

    • Farnoosh

      How awesome to not only see you Lance but to hear you refer to *YOGA* in your wonderful journey and beyond doing the poses. Thank you for stopping over, you’ve made my day….. Keep up the yoga, Lance!

  • David Stevens

    Hi Farnoosh,
    Wonderful list…..we always have the choice to change our thoughts and circumstances for the better…thankyou
    be good to yourself

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear David, welcome here and thank you so much – I love that phrase too “be good to yourself” – essentially another way of saying “THINK POSITIVE” :)!

  • Ali Davies

    So true Farnoosh. Mindset is where the gold is. When I am asked about what it was that enabled me to kick my old mediocre life into touch and design the life and work I always wanted, I always reply with one word: Mindset.
    Learning the power of upgrading your mindset has been liberating beyond what I can put into words. Yes there are all sorts of other factors but it is mindset that dictates how you action those other factors.

    • Farnoosh

      Hello dear Ali, we have found the real gold if we can do this, haven’t we? I say the same thing …. different words, like mindset as you said, clarity, waking up, awareness, a power awakening from within :))
      Thank you thank you for affirming what we both know. Big love and hugs to you.

  • janet

    I love love this topic! I also appreciate the shifts in psychology from focusing on sickness/disease/unhappiness to happiness and creativity. I’ve been obsessed with psychology of happiness (self help) books for awhile.

    I’m a true believer in manifestations but haven’t focused so much in affirmations, though I think I need to start! I hadn’t heard of Louise Hay either until I saw you post the movie.

    I’d like to think I’m really good at manifesting things in my life. I’ve had a lot of amazing “magical”, “miracle” moments. One of the best examples was during my walking pilgrimage with my soon-to-be boyfriend and declaring that I WILL get ice cold bottle of water. Since we were sharing a bottle and it was getting dirty since we were only refilling in the rural village wells, I wanted my own. Ice cold water isn’t very common in provincial side stores, where ice cold Coke is more common (I know, appalling). But that night we ended up staying in a hostel in the first bigger town in days and when my partner gave a local a massage, his exchange was giving us ice cold bottle water AND a local (also rare) rice delicacy that my partner also was willing/wishing for. Amazing! The universe even delivered the day I wanted to drink.. because that night, our hosts that took us in were drinking rounds of gin and that was the ONLY night our hosts throughout the journey were drinking!

    My current mantra: I am living in abundance and riches. I am making millions and sincerely giving to those in need. I love and accept myself just as I am (from Louise). The trick is to talk in present tense as if it’s *already happening* since “someday” will never come.

    • Farnoosh

      Beautiful story – thank you thank you for sharing, Janet. I LOVE that you use this power and have proof and then are even more encouraged to keep using it. It’s hard to give up the skepticism at first, especially for a logical analytical mind, and to believe in these nebulous concepts – yes, I was there ;)) – but then when you have the power of proof, it’s much easier. :)
      Big hugs for sharing your story here and for giving me a big smile.

      • Janet

        I’m so glad that you were able to get past that little ‘bump’ of your logical brain which had a hard time accepting it.. I have been there!! All of these transformations happened fairly recently within 3 years or so. It really does blow your mind (it still does for me!) and I had to ask myself if I was crazy. Feeling like I’m going down the rabbit hole, but then becoming comfortable in this ‘strangeness’.. The proof DOES help but it’s still strange.. Definitely growing pains.

        It’s a whole new way/line of thinking that’s beyond our current (society) way of thinking so within our current foundation, it’s considered weird, magic, woo woo/foo foo, miracle, but in fact, if you can expand your framework and admit our current limitations, you realize there’s nothing miraculous about it and that there is a sound science and technology behind it!! Within our current (small) scope, it’s only viewed as ‘miracles’. Whatever it is, I love it! Consciousness rules. :)

        • Farnoosh

          Exactly!! Going through a course now and it’s teaching a lot of this stuff in a way that I can relate to a lot of it without the aspects that are way out of my reach of understanding so I am going through a new space and learning a lot, Janet. :)! Let’s see what happens as a result ;)!

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  • Kara

    Hi Farnoosh,

    Thanks for those alternative statements to the “automatic” thoughts that many of us have. It was a good reminder for me, and I was able to construct another one for myself about being grateful for the state of my body, instead of critical of this lovely flesh vehicle for my spirit.

    Being truly grateful for the amazing amount of riches (of health, opportunities, money, etc.) we have around us is so important to keep us focussed on the important issues in our lives.

    I hope as societies we can lose our love affair with unhappiness, and celebrate that we really have so much.


    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Kara, hi!
      What a gorgeous way to put it, I’ve never heard it described as this: “this lovely flesh vehicle for my spirit.”
      Thank you so much, So much, for taking the time to share your beautiful thoughts, what you are doing for you and amen to that last phrase….. We can help it by setting examples first :) Welcome here, and come back anytime, dear Kara.

  • Cassandra

    Dearest Farnoosh, AMAZING post! It’s so hard for many of us to remember that how we feel and ultimately the experiences in life that we have is all controlled by us…our own mind & thoughts. I myself was very guilty of this until recently…whether I felt good about myself or my life, in a large way, hindered so much on those around me. I have thankfully realized quite the opposite…if I want more positive feelings, experiences, and just things in general in my life I need to have more positive thoughts and ways of thinking. You, sweet Farnoosh, were a large part in opening my eyes (& mind) to understanding this. Your wise, uplifting, and positive words were the key I needed to find to help me in unlocking & opening the “door” inside me. Every time I read or hear your positive advice and words, I get another key that helps me to open that door even more. I honestly have never in my life felt so much positivity within me & felt so happy, hopeful, & looking forward to the rest of what my future holds! Thank you so much…for this post, the video you included in it (Louis Hay is an amazing woman!), and all of the positivity within you that you share with us! You and everything you bring to this world are irreplaceable and priceless!

    • Farnoosh

      Cassandra, you are calling me wise, darling? You are so young and when I was around your age – somehow I remember you told me you were young – I certainly did not have this amazing mindset …. but at least now I do and it’s a work in progress but a persistent unstoppable kind of work. Yet, I am so so happy that in meeting me when you did, you got the part of me that has learned this amazing beautiful lesson and in sharing it, I am so happy you feel more empowered in your own life.
      Big hugs to you, let’s be the ambassadors of positive thinking and of controlling our thoughts more so than they control us. Lovely of you to share yours here, dear Cassandra, and come back again anytime.

      • Cassandra

        Hello again, insightful Farnoosh! Absolutely I am calling you wise :)… Yes, I would say I’m young (25) although certain people would probably have a different opinion. lol I know that I still have many things to learn and am very much looking forward to learning them, so I definitely consider myself to be a young individual. :) I’m not sure if you watch the TV show “Touch,” but it brings forward an idea that the Gods tied a red thread of fate around everyone’s ankle & that certain people were meant to meet/interact (wonderful show, by the way :) )…I sort of believe this. I don’t believe that anyone else decides or plans out my fate & I just “follow the path” but I do believe that we are all meant to meet certain people who will have a big impact on our lives. Well, special Farnoosh, I believe you are one of those important people for me… (I hope that I don’t “weird you out” by saying that) You have had such a positive affect on my life, and helped me to find so much more positivity in myself lately. I want to thank you sincerely for all the help and friendship (as new as it is) that you have brought to me!

        I am definitely going to join you in taking over my thoughts and not letting them control me…and in having a more positive outlook on things in life. I’m actually going to be buying a few books & a DVD set later today from Louise Hay’s collection. She is an amazing woman & just absolutely contagious in the way of positive thinking.

        And you don’t have to worry…I will definitely be visiting you here very often. You have yourself another regular reader! :)

        • Farnoosh

          See? I knew you were just a baby :)!! And Cassandra, my sweet dear friend, you do not “weird me out”, you are FINE and I am just humbled and blushing from having such a profound affect on you but so be it, I am honored and this – you and those like you – are why I do all of this so thank you for the boost of energy and encouragement…. Do let me know how the Louise Hay collection is, I can’t wait to put “You can heal your life” DVD in for watching … will treat myself later. Big hugs to you dear, and I am ever so glad we crossed paths. :)

          • Cassandra

            Yes, I definitely am a baby in life :) ! I do have a lot to learn, and honestly I am absolutely thrilled to learn everything it has to offer me. I will be sure to send you a message and let you know how Louise Hay’s DVD turns out to be…I’m sure that it will be amazing though, just like her and all of her work. My order will be arriving later today, so keep an eye out for my “review” message :) I hope that life has been sending you all the positivity and happiness you deserve, sweet Farnoosh!

            • Farnoosh

              Perfect, keep me posted, dearest Cassandra, and sending you the same sweet vibes in return. :)!

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  • Sandy Ackley

    I have been a follower of yours for years. If only more people would read your books there would be more happiness and less drug use. I have joined NAMI I want to become a speaker for them. Because of the healing that I have received from using your material I would like to use some of it in my talks. Is this ok with you? Also I believe you to be an artist. Where can your art be viewed? Do you still publish your Little Blue Book of healing? I think that it would make a change In the life of so many. Do you personally still give talks? We are looking for a method of raising money for NAMI at the present they are planning a walk . Would you like to walk with us? I know it is a distance to the Quad Cites. NAMI probably has a chapter where you live. If not lets think about starting one. They promote mental health. They are a grass roots organization and are none for profit. We all have a mind and if more people could sit under your teaching we would have a healthier world. May God bless you with continued good health, light and love. Sandy Ackley

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Sandy,
      I think you might have me mistaken with Lewis Haye or someone else. I don’t have a Little Blue Book of healing but I do believe that the master of the trait, Lewis herself certainly does. Thank you SO much for your comment, and for sharing your love for the world of healing and more happiness and OH YES less drugs or perhaps no drugs if possible! You are so kind and I wish you the absolute best with your wonderful efforts.

  • G Angela

    Thank you so much for reminding me about these affirmation once again in my life. I have read Louise Hay a few years ago, I found this book in my old office in a xeroxed form, the person previous to me has left that book before he left, and going through those pages, I found it so very interesting, that I began reading and rereading it again and again.

    I felt blessed when my close friend presented me this book “You can heal yourself, by Louise Hay” I cherish that book, because I learnt so much from that, and it empowered me to a large extent as I kept affirming myself, I found my self confident and also assertive, I am still on my journey to empowering myself and I am glad that I use her affirmations on a regular basis, and loved some of her affirmations – one of my favourite is ” I am a divine and magnificent expression of life ” The past is over, and gone what is important is the Present, and what you do with your present will determine your future”.

    Appreciate you for beautifully posting it – I loved reading it! you made my day! Thanks again !

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Angela, you are so very welcome. Louise Hay is like a breath of fresh air. Thank you for sharing an incredibly powerful affirmation from her book. I believe I saw that too in her “You can heal your life” book. You are wonderful. Big hugs to you and a million thanks for stopping by. Here’s to affirmations! :)

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  • Rajiv

    I wish I had found this site and its inspiring contents earlier. But, today is the best day to begin! Thanks for the positive thoughts.

  • Ana

    Hi there, Farnoosh!

    I’m a really recent “positive thinker”, I found out Louise Hay & company very recently! Congratulations on your blog and all the best!


  • lavaly

    Bless you so much for sharing these gems farnoosh. It’s good to be so encouraged by another brave soul on this journey of living life responsibly and with joy. Much love~

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  • alecia ottley

    Positive thinking is nothing new. The bible has been saying this forever but people want the power but not the power source…GOD. He says you are who YOU think you are. The mind is very powerful so be careful what you allow in it.