The Positive Dog - Jon Gordon

The Positive Dog

By Jon Gordon

  • Release Date: 2012-04-03
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4
From 371 Ratings


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.


  • Really enjoyed it

    By D38237
    I enjoyed the book. I did find myself a few times wanting to stop reading because of the story (2 dogs having a conversation). However, the end of the book is good and I kept waiting for that to happen. Because the book isn’t long the ending helps wrap it up. John’s other books are better but this is not bad
  • Gentle Reminder about the Effects of Positivity

    By Enlightened46
    After a long day, one tends to want to shut down or off; this book allows you to do so with its storybook formatting while instilling powerful reminders about positivity. It emphasizes the importance of taking care of oneself and others. A quick, enjoyable read that will put a smile on anyone's face!
  • Love This Book

    By Bygomez02
    I'm not a book reader but my job has me read a book every year for our training seminar. So far this is my second Jon Gordon book I have ready and love it. His books are very relatable and easy reads.
  • Great Work

    By HSJ81
    I love this book and sure will be a reference in case you fall in negativity between here and then . Simplicity is what difference this book from others Great Work ! HSJ
  • The Positive Dog

    By magoo022
    This book Positively helped me to get a better outlook on life. This book is applicable to anyone depending on where they are in life & what they are struggling with. I recommend The Positive Dog and The Energy Bus to everyone who is struggling with negativity at work, stress from family, or someone just wanting to recharge with a Large Dose of positivity….In fact, it’s on my reading list to read AGAIN.
  • Another positive book

    By ThunderInTheSun
    Well, here we go again. Another text telling us the positive about being positive. Another author whose posits on being positive will be the ultimate answer. Now, don't get me wrong, I believe it's good to be positive and we all need to be that way as much as possible. But, when we have to strive constantly for such behavior, making it a box to check off on the endless checklist called life, it becomes artificial. In other words, we don't want our positivity to be artificial in any way. We want our positivity certainly to be ephemeral like an eternal spring that comes from within; the natural flow of existence rather than a state of a constant reminder like a chirping parrot on your shoulder to help you think about being positive. To me, that's what this book is essentially saying. Don't get me wrong, I believe in what the author is trying to say in this short text and it's instructive as well as,well, positive. But sometimes things that are this trite can lead to a sort of contemptuous relationship between what the authors trying to achieve and what the reader is trying to interpret is real. In other words, what I was thinking when I was reading this book is, like most positive people that are beaming and smiling and singing despite any situation of adversity, the thought that jumps to mind is that-you know what these people really never had it difficult in their lives! At least that's your first impression. You think as you read, almost bein lectured to, they've never really had it really really tough. They've never really really had it to a point in their life where the hopelessness was so overwhelming that they could barely breathe. And I'm glad for that because you never want to be there, trust me. Now, in so far as being positive is concerned, I think it's helpful and instructive for people to have guidelines to remind themselves of being positive. Yes, we surely should be that way because research and science are shown that the positive people tend to live longer etc. etc. but, in reality, one has to exist in that state of mind as a natural state, for the most part, and that takes some doing....and that takes some changes, some real changes in life circumstance. In other words, if you've been sick, you really, really have to be healthy for a while; if you are poor, you have to experience a little bit of monetary gain for a period of time in your life to appreciate what you didn't have. If you haven't been loved, well, then you need to be loved. So, if you read this book, moreover, if you read this review, then hopefully you'll keep all those things in mind as you make your way through the somewhat pithy but entertaining short text on the positive dog.
  • Amazing book!

    By Jhon101
    This is not only a story, it's a different approach to life too! Great read!
  • Highly Recimmended

    By Phillyslix
    This is a great book on positivity. I highly recommend this book to everyone of all ages to read. It will be a great book for office settings, departments, etc. to read to boost morale in the workplace.
  • The positive dog

    By Ironcoach321
    Eventually it will download .. Correct??
  • Very Great Book

    By ericccs_lau
    Have just read this and I like it very much. Thanks Jon :D