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book review : the positive dog

Positive pup Bella begs for a treat.


Guess what? There's still time to enter to win one of two awesome giveways featured on Positively Present this week! See below for details. 

I was thrilled when I discovered The Positive Dog: A Story about the Power of Positivity by Jon Gordon. Dogs and positivity? Yes, please! In the book, readers learn that we have two dogs inside of us -- one is positive, the other negative. The dogs often fight within us, but the one that wins the fight is the one we feed the most, the one we give the most energy and attention to. (This idea is based on the Cherokee's Legend of the Two Wolves.) I'd heard of -- and loved -- this concept before, but the way Gordon incorporated it into the story of Matt (the negative dog) and Bubba (his positive mentor) is inspiring.

Not only does this simple yet profound tale convey the importance of being positive, it provides action items for creating a positive life. Being positive is much more than just thinking positively and Gordon covers all the major points -- things like finding opportunities, coping with stress, and learning to be grateful (just to name a few!) -- that make up a positive life. Each chapter of the book includes a new lesson -- and each lesson is crucial for being positive. 

In addition to showing readers how to be positive, Gordon uses the tale of Matt and Bubba to illustrate the benefits of being positive. In particular, the book hightlights these 11 benefits: 


11 Benefits of Being Positive

  1. Positive people live longer. In a study of nuns, those that regularly expressed positive emotions lived an average of 10 years longer than those who didn't (Snowdon, 2001).
  2. Positive work environments outperform negative work environments (Goleman, 2011).
  3. Positive, optimistic salespeople sell more than pessimistic salespeople (Seligman, 2006).
  4. Positive leaders are able to make better decisions under pressure (Institute of HeartMath, 2012).
  5. Marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5-to-1 ratio of positive to negative interactions, whereas when the ratio approaches 1-to-1, marriages are more likely to end in divorce (Gottman, 1999).
  6. Positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges, and adversity.
  7. Positive people are able to maintain a broader perspective and see the big picture, which helps them identify solutions, whereas negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems (Fredrickson, 2009).
  8. Positive thoughts and emotions counter the negative effects of stress. You can't be thankful and stressed at the same time.
  9. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation help athletes perform at a higher level (Institute of HeartMath, 2012).
  10. Positive people have more friends, which is a key factor of happiness and longevity (Putnam, 2000).
  11. Positive and popular leaders are more likely to garner the support of others and receive pay raises and promotions and achieve greater success in the workplace.


the-positive-dogAfter reading the book (and loving it!), I saw how these 11 benefits become part of a positive life. Bubba teaches Matt the joys of being positive, and it's clear to see how Matt reaps the benefits of his new positive attitude. Though the book is written about dogs, it clearly applies to humans as well. The more you choose a positive attitude (and make positive choices), the more positive experiences you'll have. If you're looking for a book highlighting the important benefits of being positive (and showing you how to achieve them), The Positive Dog is a must-read!



To promote the launch of Stay Positive : Daily Reminders from Positively Present, is offering six weeks of giveaways based on the twelve sections in Stay Positive. Each week, readers will have the chance to win one of two awesome giveways. 




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Hi, I love your thoughts and have been following for a while now (as I jobhunt!). I've forwarded and recommended your site to three of my friends via Facebook for different reasons and would love the chance of winning the Acceptance giveaway.
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Karina - Thank you! I've entered you in the giveaway. Thanks for reading!

I just discovered your site and book, and am enjoying catching up on your posts. I just pinned your book on Pinterest ( and would love to be entered into the inspiration giveaway.

I would love to be entered to win the Acceptance package. I desperately need to learn the power of less, as I am going through a "spring cleaning" and finding it hard to part with memorable, but useless trinkets.

Thank you!!

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