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Change Your Thoughts and You Change the World – Norman Vincent Peale, Methodist Minister

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Change your thoughts and you change the world.

  – Norman Vincent Peale

                                              Methodist Minister

We know this does a lot of things!


It can make you live longer…


It lowers rates of depression, anxiety, distress, disturbance, and unsettledness.


It even helps your health!  It’s been proven that it’s shown to reduce the amount of cold by as much as three times.  It also provides stronger cardiovascular strength and lesser likelihood of death from it.


In addition, it helps with coping during times of stress, which keeps you stronger.  In general, changing your thoughts to be more positive brings across better physical well being, better psychological well being, better spiritual well being.  Why not think positively?


Life can be challenging.  You may have some hills to climb or some mountains to climb!  There may be an unpleasant conversation or two.  But instead of getting down and thinking the world is only half full, you don’t have to suffer negative consequences.  Turn your brain into a positive thought maker.  Your brain can change your life.


How do we do this?  Well, it’s about being aware of our thought patterns and shifting them when they are not in line with our values of positive thinking.  You watch your thoughts… and the ones that are negative, you push out.  The ones that are positive, you accept in and reinforce them.  It sounds easy but it does take discipline.  All of us need to work on our thought governance.  We are all responsible for what we think and that means we also don’t just accept anything that comes to our thoughts.


Therefore, evaluate your thoughts as Normal Vince Peale says, “change your thoughts and you change the world.”  I think we all want to make an impact in this world and you can do so just by thinking rightly.

Thank you for Living and Giving,



Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale, (born May 31, 1898, Bowersville, Ohio, U.S.—died December 24, 1993, Pawling, New York), influential and inspirational American religious leader who, after World War II, tried to instill a spiritual renewal in the United States with his sermons, public-speaking events, broadcasts, newspaper columns, and books. He encouraged millions with his 1952 best seller, The Power of Positive Thinking.

Peale’s father was a Methodist preacher. The family moved frequently among various towns in Ohio as Peale was growing up, and he took after-school jobs to add to the family’s income. Following his graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1920, he worked in journalism for a couple of years before deciding on a career as a minister. Peale was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1922 and continued theological studies at Boston University, where he earned bachelor of sacred theology and master of arts in social ethics degrees in 1924. That year he was assigned to a small congregation in Brooklyn, NewYork, and, during his three-year tenure there, he built a new church and increased membership from 40 to 900. In 1927 Peale moved to the University Methodist Church in Syracuse, New York, where he again inspired a larger congregation and became one of the first clergymen to have his own radio program.

Five years later Peale changed his denominational affiliation to the Reformed Church in America in order to accept the pastorate at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. His dynamic sermons helped increase church membership from a few hundred to several thousand. To help with his parishioners’ many problems, Peale enlisted the aid of a psychiatrist and established a religio-psychiatric clinic; in 1951 that operation was organized as the nonprofit American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry (now the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center), with Peale acting as president. In 1935 Peale began a weekly radio program, The Art of Living, which soon reached a national audience.

After World War II Peale founded and served as editor of a weekly four-page spiritual leaflet for businessmen called Guideposts, which by the 1950s had become a widely popular monthly magazine. Peale’s first book was The Art of Living (1937), and he also wrote You Can Win (1938) and A Guide for Confident Living (1948) before the appearance of The Power of Positive Thinking. Later volumes included Six Attitudes for Winners (1989) and This Incredible Century (1991). He retired as senior pastor in 1984.

Peale taught that religious faith could be tapped to improve one’s material life and that a positive mental attitude and belief in oneself are as necessary as belief in God. While his teaching gained him a large following, other Christian writers were more critical, pointing out that Peale’s philosophy neglected ideas of sin, suffering, and redemption. In addition, Peale was known for his support for conservative political causes. While the height of Peale’s popularity was in the 1950s, his message influenced such later evangelical Christian leaders as Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, and T.D. Jakes. Peale won numerous honours, most notably the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1984).