The Positive Dog: A Story About the Power of Positivity
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Discover the benefits of being positive.

We all have two dogs inside of us. One dog is positive, happy, optimistic, and hopeful. The other dog is negative, mad, sad, pessimistic, and fearful. These two dogs often fight inside us, but guess who wins the fight? The one you feed the most. So begins the story about a negative mutt named Matt and a big dog named Bubba who teaches him how to feed himself with positivity each day and in the process Matt transforms his own life and the shelter they call home.

The Positive Dog is an inspiring, heartwarming story that not only reveals the strategies and benefits of being positive but also an essential truth for humans: Being positive doesn't just make you better. It makes everyone around you better.


JON GORDON's bestselling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits. He is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark and the Goldfish, Soup, and The Seed. Jon invites you to visit and connect with him at Follow him on Twitter @JonGordon11.


Introduction ix

Matt and Bubba 1

The Benefits of Being Positive 5

Simple as a Smile 9

Feed with Laughter 13

Take a Thank-You Walk 17

Build Your Gratitude Muscle 19

A Day of Gratitude 23

Tell Yourself Positive Stories 27

Get to instead of Have to 33

Blessed instead of Stressed 35

Turn Complaints into Solutions 39

Fear or Faith 43

Challenges or Opportunities 47

An Opportunity 49

The Positive Dog Grows 53

Positive Energy is Contagious 57

Positive Boomerang 59

Feeding Others 63

Love 65

Encouragement 67

No Ordinary Day 71

Negativity Serves a Purpose 73

What Would Bubba Do? 77

A Special Day 81

Two Positive Dogs are Better than One 83

Feed the Positive Dog: Action Plan 87

The Positive Pledge 97

Resources 99

Feed Your Team with Positivity 101

About the Illustrator 103