Betty Chinn

Every morning for the past 23 years, Betty Chinn has loaded up her truck and headed out to feed the least fortunate residents of Eureka, California. But Betty delivers more than just food and hot coffee. She also serves up kindness.

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Born in China, Betty was separated from her family at age 7 during Mao Zedong's brutal Cultural Revolution. Tormented by hunger and lack of social contact, Betty went mute. After four terrifying years, Betty escaped from China by walking 1,600 miles to Hong Kong. Though she had just $20 in her hand, Betty later made her way to America and found her voice again.

Betty has never forgotten what it felt like to have nothing and no one, and she continues to help her neighbors, one person at a time. "They are all my friends; they are all my family," she says.

Louise Hay

In her 82 years, Louise Hay has transformed millions of lives with her simple message: "What you think and what you believe is what will come true for you," she says. "Your thoughts create your life."

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This self-help pioneer learned that lesson the hard way. She was raped by a neighbor at 5 and was a pregnant high school dropout at 15. Louise left her tormented past in Los Angeles and moved to New York, eventually finding work as a model. When her marriage fell apart, a friend introduced her to a groundbreaking belief system that changed everything.

Her experience overcoming cervical cancer in 1978 led her to counsel people with AIDS on the power of positive thinking. When no one would print Louise's book You Can Heal Your Life, she did it herself by founding Hay House publishing. That book has gone on to sell 35 million copies and was made into a movie, and Hay House has gone on to become an almost $400 million business!
FROM: Women Who Changed the World
Published on October 16, 2008


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