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You Can Heal Your Life

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  62,294 ratings  ·  1,858 reviews
Louise’s key message in this powerful work is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” Louise explains how limiting beliefs and ideas are often the cause of illness, and how you can change your thinking…and improve the quality of your life.
253 pages
Published January 1st 1984
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Aug 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book is actually dangerous. I can't remember ever having said that about a text?

I read thirty pages of it, before having to shut it and run far away.

Every single copy of it should come with a huge trigger warning for ableism, fatphobia, and victim blaming of every variety.

Louise Hay claims two things that are odious:
1. All illnesses - including cancer - are caused by negative thinking, and not loving yourself enough. Thus, all illness can be cured by positive thinking, and self-love. She c
Apr 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got this for my mother after a personal tragedy destroyed our family. She was having trouble eating, sleeping, smiling, being awake, being alive... When she had finished, I read it myself and found incredible tools there for taking responsibility for myself, while letting go of my irritation, anger, whatever, toward those whom I perceive as shirking responsibility. This book has given me tools to get things DONE, to control my own thoughts and thought process, to put my powers to use for Good, ...more
Oct 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
I once held a great respect for Louise Hay, but in her recent publishing years, she has proven herself to be as much of a fraud as the authors she promotes, including the charlatan Sylvia Browne, former Amway star Jerry Hicks (with his wife Esther who speaks for "nonphysical"), plagiarist Neale Donald Walsch, and phony PhDs Doreen Virtue and Caroline Myss. This book, though including some practical advice that she has pulled from Aaron Beck's work in cognitive science, contains an overwhelming a ...more
Jan 19, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Louise Hay told a generation of dying gay men that it was their fault they were dying because they didn't love themselves enough. Her basic premise is that if you just love yourself enough, you'll never get sick. A stupid premise, to be sure. The hiv+ community of the mid-80s, looking for any hope to hang onto, desperately embraced this book and its author, and she returned their devotion with the disrespect any common carnival con artist shows their mark. This book is indefensible and she shoul ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
You Can Heal Your Life, Louise L. Hay
You Can Heal Your Life is 1984 self-help and new thought book by Louise L. Hay. It was the second book by the author, after Heal your Body which she wrote at age 60. After Hay appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Donahue in the same week in March 1988, the book appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list, and by 2008 over 35 million copies worldwide had been sold in over 30 languages. The key premise of the book is that because the mind and body are con
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a tough book for me to admit to. Because its self-help. And its got goofy-sounding psuedo-science around the edges...and its hippy flakey commie witchy woman so on so forth... everything that is the opposite of how I indentify myself.

But damn. The core of it is one revolutionary idea that I can't disassemble, with any amount of cynicism or logic. And that is: I'm choosing my life. All sadness, failure, struggle in my life...I'm creating it, ASKING for it, even. And it can change.

Its a b
Feb 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Dear Oprah,
I typically appreciate your literary leadership. "The Secret" and I have had some good times together. I even enjoyed A Million Little Pieces despite the lies. However, you have dropped the ball on this one. This chick is crazy! She has some good ideas, sort of, but wow this one was hokey hokey hokey. I forced myself to read it, and I wish I hadn't. Feel free to make it up to me by sending me a new car.
Jul 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wellness, abandoned
I couldn't finish this one due to high levels of disagreement & seeing flames ;]

While I agree that our physical states are tied to our emotional ones, I don't think breast cancer or HIV affects people who just didn't love themselves enough. Her approach tries to be inspiration but just ends up blaming the victim.

No thanks.
I've read this book before and I know I will read it again. I refer to the 'Heal Your Body' section often if I am sick or I have an ache or pain, to learn the positive affirmation to say to 'release' the physical ailment. I saw the author, Louise Hay, on Oprah maybe 8 years ago and was instantly compelled by her sincerity, knowledge and compassion to buy this book. I have since given this book as a gift to many.

Many of you may scratch your head or think I'm crazy for saying this, but I believe
Apr 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I have read many "self help" books...this one is metaphysical
Rishelle Vinson
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heart this book! I read it when I was fifteen and it changed the way I structured my thinking. Louise L. Hay sent about a dozen copies to my mom and she handed them out to a bunch of my friends. I have bought copies for so many people over the years because she offers such a great way to think about life. It puts the reader in the realization that we have a life we can learn to love and we can use the tools in her book to change it. It’s pretty much a psychology book with spiritual undertones ...more
Pooja Parikh
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If v're willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed...
Apr 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
I listened to this book as an audiobook of CDs. I only made it through the first disc before deciding it was not for me. At first it seemed to make some sense, that we poison ourselves with toxic thoughts, but then the author (who was also the narrator, I believe) started going off with platitudes, too many of which I took issue with. For example, she implied that studying history was irrelevant and that we should instead teach our children about how our minds work, psychologically speaking. Not ...more
Beverly Diehl
I held back on reading this for a while, and, while reading, have (so far) held back on doing some of the exercises it suggests. Still trying to figure out WHY, but I have some inklings.

I think, if you read this book and do the suggested affirmations and exercises when YOU are in the right emotional place to do them, this book could potentially be life-changing. There's so much good here, so much about rejecting negativity and embracing one's one loveability and worthiness, I think everyone shou
♥ Ibrahim ♥
As usual I was hesitant to read this book as it is not "Christian" but the more I read in it the more I like it and the more I gleaned from it in practical ways in order to overcome resentment and practice forgiveness and thus receive healing. Christian preacher keep telling us we need to forgive and so on and we end up feeling even more guilty. Louise is fantastic: she doesn't yell and she has given me some ideas, practical ideas to apply. What is funny and being the cheater that I am, I take h ...more
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Meh. It just goes too far. I believe that our health can be affected by our mental states, sure; I even believe that some physical ailments are, quite possibly, almost entirely connected to our minds and emotions. But I simply cannot accept that every single thing that happens to me is something I have brought on by my own mental attitude. Sometimes bad things just happen.
Leo Robertson
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think all you need to know for this review is that Louise Hay thinks that all diseases are created by negative thinking. I think this is not entirely untrue with some important amendments that I will allude to. If you’re considering reading this book, I would, because I think there are benefits to it, but I would of course exercise critical thinking just as I would advise with any book. I mean, you’re not an idiot!

One interesting maxim I discovered this year is ‘Hold onto what works for you an
Sphinx Feathers
Oct 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no, psychology
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Jamie Saloff
Dec 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone needing healing and willing to dig within to find the answer.
What I like about You Can Heal Your Life is that the reader can look up a specific illness to find out typically related emotional issues. This gives them a starting point in healing their life. For me, however, these connections were too vague and the affirmations didn't work for me. I was a novice at the time, and had trouble understanding the full impact. It was because of my lack of understanding, though, that I went in search of a simpler, more personalize method, and thus created my own. T ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind
Shelves: faves
Approached with an open mind & free spirit this book if utilized can help you heal your life. This isn't a book you read through once, it's a hand & reference tool you go back to again and again,
I love this book, it's my personal and positive companion.

You Can Heal your Life was recommended to me in 1985 by a motivational speaker whom I met at my place of employment.She at the age of 32 after her husband in an unforeseen whirlwind abandon both her and her child.
Without previous medical problem
Lynn Wilson
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a classic, and can be very useful as long as one doesn't get too literal about these things. I find that sometimes people in the "new age" community use this kind of information to judge and define rather than to support themselves or others with possible interpretations.
Steven Walle
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this book Hay teaches us how a closed mind and preconceived ideas can keep us trapped and sick. She teaches how an open mind and the power of thought can heal most every sickness or situation. I recommend we all read this for better clarity in our lives.
Enjoy and Be Blessed
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to boost their self confidence
Recommended to Frenchie by: I stumbled upon it when I needed it
This was the first book I read, all those years ago, when I embarked on a journey of self discovery and running away from a (very) dysfunctional family (yes, we have them in France too **smiles**). It is a nice book, as a starter book. But, if you think of it, it is really common sense, but things you need to be reminded, from time to time, to feel better, like ''you are worthy''. I have never done the exercises in You Can Heal Your Life. I would have felt rather silly to stand in front of a mir ...more
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book takes the reader through counseling sessions with the author. While it has some very good things I found beneficial, it also has crazy parts. I did enjoy the illistrations throughout.

First, the good parts. The book is very positive and helped me be more positive towards myself. It's OK that I made mistakes in the past, but I don't need to feel guilty because I did the best I could. Everyone else did the best they could as well, so I should move on and not hold grudges. I've also tried
Francis Coco
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last night my mother called to tell me that Louise Hay had passed. I thought about it for a minute and thought, "Am I sad?" and, realized that, no I am not sad. Because I know that Louise did not look at death as a death she looked at death as merely, "leaving the movie of life," and so, I am happy for Louise because, what a life! I can honestly say that her book, "How to Heal Your Life," changed mine. I have hardly read any self help books - and after reading hers, there's no reason to read any ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So many of us are just suffering quietly inside, and pretending that the world is just fine and peachy. So many of us would never utter a word about our inner tumult to anyone and in fact, I am certain that Louise Hay wrote her book “You Can Heal Your Life” for the silently misguided souls among us much more so than the ones that are openly unhappy and miserable and in dire need of help.

A friend told me about Louise Hay. The first time I watched her on video, I fell in love with her sincerity an
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, 2015
When Louise Hay writes I read and take notice. She's firm, enlightening, honest and makes me think as well as she is loving, caring and gives you lots of tools to work with. ...more
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alessandra by: Jackie, Cheryl and the Universe
This book is completely transformative. I think that whether you have something specific to work on in your life, or not, this book will change you for the better.
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I loved the quotes Ms. Hay provides. Such as:

"In the infinity of life where I am,
all is perfect, whole, and complete.
I recognize my body as a good friend.
Each cell in my body has Divine Intelligence.
I listen to what it tells me, and know that
its advice is valid. I am always safe, and
Divinely protected and guided. I choose to
be healthy and free. All is well in my

Even Chapter 15 she again includes here "List." The same list given in her boo, Heal Your Body.

If you look up the
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Louise Hay was born to a poor mother who married Hay's violent stepfather. When she was about five, she was raped by a neighbor. At fifteen she dropped out of high school without a diploma, became pregnant, and on her sixteenth birthday gave up her newborn baby girl for adoption.

She moved to Chicago, where she worked in menial jobs, before moving in 1950 to New York. At this point she changed her

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