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Although we live in an ocean of words, we rarely acknowledge their power to uplift or put down, to inspire or discourage, to help or hurt. But in this jewel of an audiobook, Hal Urban, parent, award-winning teacher, and author of the classic Life's Greatest Lessons, shows us simple and immediate ways that we can use language to change lives, both our own and those around us.
©2004 Hal Urban; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Joe
  • phoenix, AZ, USA
  • 03-17-05

Enlightening and Though provoking

Outstanding book to remind you of the important things in life. I implemented the "Family Fun Night" and have been having a ball every since. My family really looks forward to it and we enjoy the time together. I am very thankful for the reminders and ways to improve my life.

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  • Chelsea
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 07-26-05

A MUST READ FOR SOCIETY!!!

This book changed my life. I never realized that almost all of my unhapiness in life was caused by my negative outlook and response to life. This book gives detailed steps you can take immediately to make your life and other's more positive and thus more enjoyable. I really thought I was a positive person until I read this book.

I also realized some of the mistakes I was making in my daily conversations that were pushing people away from me. This book made me feel high with happiness for weeks after reading it and affected everone I recommended it to in the same way. If I had the money, I would buy a copy for every one.

This was one of the best books I have ever read on personal devolopment besides "The seven habits of Highly Effective people" by Stephen Covey.

If you want to be happy in life, read these two books!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Beth
  • Mukilteo , WA, USA
  • 05-15-06

Amazing

I never write reviews yet I feel I must for this book. It provides such uplifting advice. I feel I am a better daughter, mother, friend for listening to this book.

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Things we need to know

Things we need to know and should remind ourselves of frequently. I enjoyed the content. The narration was too monotone for my taste. It was information that usually motivates and energizes me but the narration drug me down. Probably would have enjoyed book more than audio.

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Have you thought how your words affect other people?

Recently I invited a man to join me to go to a lecture on a new health and athletic technology hoping to help him. To my surprise he used raw language as he spoke to me in conversation. It made me feel disrespected as we are both in our 60's and I assumed a man would watch the flow of his words. I wondered why it bothered me and stuck with me over the days. Why did I feel for lack of a better word "icky". My husband doesn't talk like that and it's not like we are prudes. So coincidently I had just downloaded the audio version of this book Positive Words, Powerful Results. It validated the fact that raw language is so negative and useless. If everyone young or old would read this book and put in practice the positive words and statements Hal Urban has written we would have the power to influence our kids from the day they come into this world. I love his greetings!

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Good book to start improving relationship

The book deals mainly with positive expressions and positive approach to problem. If you have not read "How to win Friends and Influence People" or "7 Habits of Highly effective people", then this book would be useful. Otherwise there is nothing new or game changing in this book. It is a inspirational book on positive approach.

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  • Monica
  • 00100 Nairobi Kenya, Kenya
  • 07-14-05

Nothing New

I have listened to the audio and was dissapointed.The principals discussed of goodness etc are what we all know.There was nothing new or additional added to what we know to be good.I had hoped that the book would give examples of how to critise or correct one.THERE IS NOTHING NEW I LEARNED FROM THE BOOK.

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  • John
  • 01-07-11

Common Sense is not so common!

While I haven't even finished listening to Mr Urban I am certain that I, and those around me, will benefit from his words of common sense.

This book is not about positive thinking. It is not about affirmations or doing something new. It is merely focussed on taking a little care over something we all do - using words, when we speak or even think.

Our choice of words affects how we feel and how those who listen to us feel.

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  • Brenda
  • 01-23-10

Worth a listen

I enjoyed this, as it gave an understanding to your attitude toward others contributes to the words we use (and choose). A good book and easy to listen to.

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  • A J.
  • 12-08-05

True Words are powerfull

If you catch yourself on the words you are about to speak then it helps by creating a better understanding between you and the other person.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful