The Secret to Happiness – some interresting controversy!

The Secret to Happiness – some interresting controversy!

Want to learn how to fly? Peter Pan knows the secret. “You just think lovely, wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the air,” the perennial man-child advises Wendy in J.M. Barrie’s classic play.

But what if you want a shiny new car, flashy boat or hefty raise? According to author-producer Rhonda Byrne, Peter Pan’s secret will help you obtain those goodies as well: Just think lovely, wonderful thoughts, and whatever you desire will come your way.

Byrne is the mastermind behind The Secret, the New Age self-help guidebook and DVD currently enjoying its 15 minutes of fame after an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in February. In little over a month, the book and DVD together have sold more than a million copies, the book has topped The New York Times Bestseller List for seven weeks straight and Internet chat rooms are buzzing about the power of The Secret.

Byrne allegedly discovered that power in 2004, when she read The Secret of Getting Rich, written in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles. That book convinced Byrne some long-lost secret to success existed and set her off on a Da Vinci Code-like rabbit chase to find it.

What she discovered (after a mere year of research) was “The Law of Attraction.”

According to her book, this “law” was practiced by historical greats such as Plato, Galileo and Einstein, and has been “discovered, coveted, hidden, lost and recovered” repeatedly for the past 4,000 years. The book also claims the Catholic Church worked assiduously through the centuries to keep “The Secret” a secret.

Sounding a bit like a conspiracy theory? Would anyone really keep the secret to happiness hidden?

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