I blogged aÂ few months ago about the Cosmic Ordering phenomenon. I had read Barbel Mohr’s book on the subject, and nowÂ I’ve finishedÂ Noel Edmonds’ recently publishedÂ self-help book “Positively Happy” which promises “cosmic ways to change your life” on the cover. I should point out that I did not purchase either book and rarely purchase any self-help books (aÂ “beyond help” section would interest me more!).Â They were just lying around at home and were suitable bedtime reading material. I have made a few orders to the cosmos myself, but I am yet to be convinced!
While I have no objection to Noel sharing his tips on positive thinking,Â most people will buy the book to find out all about cosmic ordering, how Noel managed to change his life around using it and how they can do the same. Noel Edmonds’ fanatics (of which there are a scary number if the small sample of my referrer logs are anything to go by!) will also be searching for answers to important questions like what the strange symbols drawn on his handsÂ on Deal or No Deal mean.
Well, save your money, because the only place where “cosmic” anything is mentioned in Noel’s book is on the cover, and while he shares many personal anecdotes, he does not discuss strange hand symbols or any other weird rituals he might have. Instead, the book isÂ just autobiographical snippets enveloped by lots of positive thinking tips.
AsÂ self-help books go, it’sÂ not too bad. It focuses on practical ways to think more positively and is broken down into bite-size chunks. Each chapterÂ concludes by summing up the key points, and NoelÂ suggests plenty ofÂ small things you can easilyÂ do to take a more positive approachÂ to life without changing your whole mindset at once. However, while the examples of how he has adopted theseÂ principles in his own life help drive the points home, they doÂ become quite boringÂ for anyone not completely obsessed with Noel Edmonds!Â Â I’veÂ read worse drivel, but this book was not really up my street.
Noel has more right than most to try and make some money out of cosmic ordering, since he was the one who popularised it in the UK. However, I wish he had actually written a book on the topic rather than just misleading people into thinking that he has!