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Louise Hay


Louise Hay is one of the founders of the self-help movement. She is a best selling author and the founder of Hay House, a major self-help publisher that has sold millions of books and tapes worldwide.

Louise Hay was able to put her philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer. She considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.

In 1984, Louise Hay's book, You Can Heal Your Life, reached the New York Times best seller list and remained on it for 13 consecutive weeks. More than 35 million copies have been sold throughout the world, and now, at more than 80 years old, Louise Hay is proud to release her first-ever film on her life and work, You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie.

Louise Hay's Content

We are what we choose to think

  • Louise Hay
  • Louise Hay, the best-selling self-help author who claims to have cured herself of cancer through “positive thinking,” talks with Dan Gilbert about how we can control our emotions by what we choose to think. She questions the usefulness of scientific findings and says that she relies on her "inner ding" to validate her thoughts and feelings.