|Louise Hay is one of the leading proponents of the self help, New Age, and holistic healing lifestyle. Hay parleyed her experiences as a church counselor and minister into a career as an author and motivational speaker. After first authoring a mini book called HEAL YOUR BODY in 1976, Hay wrote YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE (1984), which then went on to become a well-read classic. This book of simple, upbeat affirmations, exercises, and wisdom suggested that a healthy state of mind (and positive thinking) could bring about profound physical and emotional healing. Hay teaches a multi-faceted approach to healthy living and personal exploration that includes meditation, relaxation, anger releasing, inner child work, and visualization||Hay has since authored many other books and other media dedicated to self-improvement and personal happiness. She has also become a frequently consulted expert in the field, lecturing with colleagues Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. In addition to nurturing her own career as a writer, Hay also supported the efforts of others. In 1980 she started Hay House Publishing, which eventually went worldwide and her roster boasted many leading self improvement and life enhancement books.