In 1993, motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen published Chicken Soup for the Soul, a collection of true stories to inspire hope in readers. The premise of the title is that a good story is an emotional comfort food, like chicken soup is to many Americans when they feel ill.
The book was a runaway bestseller. The two men founded a publishing company to produce numerous sequels and branded products, such as dog food and crossword puzzles.
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