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Oprah, Ellen and The Secret

Talk show hosts, the book business, and the media are scrambling to keep up with the buzz around a controversial, new self-help book, The Secret, which is currently the best-selling title at Amazon.com. This link will take you to the book's website, where you can watch clips from interviews on Larry King Live and Ellen.

The book contains stories and advice from people who have used 'the secret' to transform their lives, achieving wealth, happiness, better relationships and improved health. They offer to help us understand an untapped power in each of our lives. So what exactly is 'the secret'? In this case, it seems to involve the power of the mind, gratitude, the influence of our thoughts, and how to attract anything into your life.

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I'm including links here and here to articles discussing the value and legitimacy of the book's promises, so you can do a little research before spending your cash. I took away one useful thing -- a reminder, really -- from the interview I watched with Ellen. We're advised to change our thoughts and the language of our thoughts, but in order to do that, of course, one must become more aware of them.

Now there are multiple studies that confirm the ways in which our thinking impacts our physical bodies, and thus our moods, through neural and chemical processes, so I can get on board with that challenge. I felt resolved -- after considering the interview and other things I know but haven't implemented, ahem -- to stop every day at 2pm and write down as many of my thoughts as I can remember from the day, in exactly the words I was thinking them. In this way, I hope to become more aware of my patterns, of what I choose to focus on and how I describe things to myself. I'm going to do this for 2 weeks, see what I can learn about myself, and make a plan for recasting the thoughts I believe are limiting my life. I don't want to attract anything, per se, just hope to get clearer and cleaner about myself. Anyone care to join me in the exercise?

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ali321 ali321 6 years
My mom bought this book. I'm pretty sure her basic opinion was that it had some good advice, but there really wasn't any big magical secret. I mean our thoughts do affect how you live your life. I believe that anyway, but I've heard that long before this book came out. Maybe there is more to it and I didn't read it myself so I can't say. I can agree with what Lickety split said about it sounding like any other book that has such a claim. Or how I get random emails about the secret to attracting any man. Of course I have to buy the books to find out. I think I'm doing alright personally. So, I wish they'd stop sending them. I'd also like to think that if I was the person that really had this magical secret to make people happy with their lives that hopefully I wouldn't use it to make money. But I guess that's just me.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
sounds really cheesy. like the programs that tell you they have a "secret" to losing weight. hello, there's no secret you eat less and exercise more to lose weight. i am also really against anything that preaches to people on acheiving wealth. our whole society is so caught up in "things", and yet it's been shown that more money and more "things" do not bring more satisfaction in people's lives. oprah and ellen are different from the rest of us in the same way that brad pitt and gisele are different. they have unique talents/abilities/looks that appeal to a mass audience. people like to come to this site to make connections, to have contact with other people. that's what people need more of in their lives. at the end of your life will you be remembering the times you spent with your designer purses or the times you shared with other people? i think it's time everyone put away their credit cards and said to themselves "i have enough. there is food in my cupboard, a roof over my head and my family and i are healthy". appreciate what you have and stop listening to the media telling you that you need "more things".
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 8 years
I haven't read the book or seen the movie based on it, but I'm aware of the principle. I've been listening to a few audio programs that supposedly assist with the Law of Attraction. Will see how things go!
kendalheart kendalheart 8 years
Im so excited, that is on in a few
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