Holiday Stress Relief Gift: As A Man Thinketh

by Doc Orman, M.D.

As A Man ThinkethThis week, in the holiday spirit of gift giving, I’m going to recommend three excellent books to you that can help reduce your stress.  The first of these books, As A Man Thinketh, is in the public domain, so I can give you an electronic copy as a gift for free.  The other two can easily be found in most bookstores or can be purchased from Amazon or other online book retailers.  Also, you may want to consider buying one or more copies of my own popular stress relief book, The 14 Day Stress Cure, to have as your own or to give as holiday gifts to others.

As A Man (Or Woman) Thinketh

As A Man Thinketh was published in 1903 by the British author and pioneer of the self-help movement James Allen.  Obviously, the title was conceived way before sexism fell out of vogue.  It’s a short little book that contains an Introduction (by James Allen) followed by seven pithy chapters:

1.     Thought and Character

2.     Effect of Thought on Circumstances

3.     Effect of Thought on Health and the Body

4.     Thought and Purpose

5.     The Thought-Factor in Achievement

6.     Vision and Ideals

7.     Serenity

As you can tell from the chapter titles above, the primary focus of this book is on thoughts and thinking.  And in the brief Introduction, the author informs us, right from the start, that his primary objective is to stimulate both men and women to recognize that:

“they themselves are the makers of themselves, by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage.”

In the opening sentence of Chapter Two (Effect of Thought on Circumstances), Allen tells us:

“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild…”

He goes on to declare that “thoughts and character are one” and that “good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.”

Circumstances Do Not Make Us What We Are

While this book, at times, is a little difficult to read, because the writing style and figures of speech are so different from what we are accustomed to, there are excellent kernels of wisdom sprinkled throughout almost every page.

Here are just a few that I found interesting:

  • Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.
  •  Men do not attract what they want, but that which they are.
  •  Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves. They therefore remain bound.

The seventh and final chapter (Serenity) is particularly relevant to our modern-day struggles with stress, as are many other parts of the book.

Give It A Go

I’ll leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.  Just click on this link free stress relief book to download your own 22-page PDF version of this timeless classic.

Again, because the writing style is so different, I found it helpful to read through the manuscript once, with pen in hand, underlying those few sentences that made sense to me and seemed most memorable.  Then, when I read it a second time, just focusing on the parts I had underlined, it spoke more deeply and powerfully to me, once all the other clutter was removed.

Hope you enjoy this holiday gift .  And after you download and read it, please come back to this post and leave a comment about what, if anything, you got from it.


Here’s a link to my free holiday stress relief e-book on Facebook. It’s not too late to download this 32-page PDF e-book and benefit from it.  If you want to know more about what’s inside it, just click on the brief video at the top of this page.

Also, here is a link to my book The 14 Day Stress Cure on Amazon.  Consider purchasing one or more copies of this award-winning book for yourself or as a gift for others.


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