Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

November 12 is the day we celebrate the books by the positive story company, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Their books have been wildly popular, based on stories that are, supposed to be true tales from real people. They have sold over a hundred million copies of the feel-good series, as a part of 250 separate titles. First put together by motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor, the first book was popular beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, selling eleven million copies.

They say, “this day was created to celebrate who you are, where you have been, where you are going and who you will be thankful for when you get there.” It’s meant to be a celebration of ordinary people and the inspiring things they do each day.

The name was chosen because chicken soup is good for what ails you physically, and these stories are good for the soul. By the way, it’s not just a myth that chicken soup is good for colds and flu. While not a cure, the steam helps break of mucus. The salt and the warmth are good for a sore throat, and it’s not adding antibiotics to the system. According to a study, chicken soup also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can relieve congestion too, although this is still uncertain.

You can find recipes or chicken soup in many places. Taste of Home recommends “Cold Day Chicken Noodle Soup.” It looks very healthy, being chock full of vegetables as well as the chicken and noodles. You might want to try it just because!

So whether you need soothing for a cold, or are just in search of inspiration, chicken soup may be just what you need. If you are looking for the original volume, you can find it on Amazon here.

Quotes about soup, health, and illness

In my grandmother’s house there was always chicken soup

And talk of the old country–mud and boards.–Luis Simpson

As for real chicken soup, I have it once or twice a week.–Jack Canfield

To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup.–Laurie Colwin

There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup, it’s wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation, to dispel the depressing effects of a grueling day at the office or the shop, rain or snow in the streets, or bad news in the papers.–Louis P. De Gouy

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.–Ogden Nash

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.–Irish proverb

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.–Hubert Humphrey

Health and good humor are to the human body like sunshine to vegetation.–Jean-Baptiste Massillon

I reckon being ill is one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.–Samuel Butler

Medicines may be necessary. Flowers lift the heart. But your smile is the best restorative of all.–Pam Brown

The sad truth is that there is no point to getting sick when you’re a grown-up. You know why? It’s because being sick is about you and your mother… Without that solicitous hand on your forehead, there is no one to confirm that you are really sick.–Adair Lara

There is nothing that can have a more powerful effect on your mental health than the spirit of thankfulness.–George Vandeman

Time is the best doctor.–Yiddish Proverb

You may not appreciate the presence of good health, but you will definitely regret the absence of good health, because health is happiness.–Amit Kalantri

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