The general principle of the “Law of Attraction” has a certain logic in that what you put out there, you tend to get back. If you approach the world like a bear with a sore head, it’s no wonder people and good situations avoid you. Whereas if you smile, the world smiles with you. It’s not rocket science.

One of the publishing phenomena of the last 10 years has been the book (and DVD and….) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

I can’t say I’m a great fan of The Secret. It’s a self-help book that may be enlightening reading to someone who has never twigged that in order to get people to be friendly to you, you should be friendly to them and not treat them like dirt.

This very attractive-looking book claimed secret knowledge of a “Law of Attraction” is responsible for the success of a host of famous figures over the centuries, and much has been made of this ‘law’ in recent years. But the books is full of vague claims and feel-good statements, and not very clear on actually how you put ‘the secret’ into action. And I don’t really feel the principle of making a wish and more or less sitting back and waiting for it to come true is quite the way to go, no matter how much visualisation you do, and acting as if your wish has already come true.

And I certainly wouldn’t be buying that Mercedes until you knew you could pay for it!

Many of the ideas and principles thrown at you in The Secret were expressed more logically and systematically in Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and that book also mentions that it is a process of giving as much as taking. It’s not an easy read, despite its shortness, but it’s well worth it.