After completing last Month’s article in the LMR on the multi-millionaire Spencer Hays, I was moved to undertake an extensive study on the one thing that he had obviously perfected—the art of positive thinking. My research into this fascinating subject has not disappointed me and has yielded some interesting results. In this month’s article I will be able to report to you that this so-called optimistic mood, or positive outlook, if you will, had its origins in the 1820s. Originally called the “new thought movement” and later referred to as “mind cure,” positive thinking is a uniquely American phenomenon. Today it is an entrenched American ideology.