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Entry from May 12, 2016
“A healthy attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!”

"A healthy attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others, Be a carrier” is a saying that has been printed on many images.

“Dick Edwards says ... Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!” was printed in the Jim Thorpe (PA) Times-News on June 28, 1956. “Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!” was cited in print in 1972, when it was credited to American humorist Arnold Glasow (1905-1998). Glasow (whose work was original) probably coined it.

“A healthy attitude is contagious. But don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier” was printed in the North Bay (ON) Nugget on October 7, 2000. “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!—Source Unknown” was printed in the book Building Customer Loyalty: 21 Essential Elements in Action (2001) by JoAnna Brandi. British playwright Tom Stoppard has been credited with the saying since at least 2008, but it’s not known if he ever said it.

“A positive attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier” has been cited in print since at least 2009.


Answers.com
Q: Who is Arnold Glasgow?
A: He was my father-in-law. Arnold Henry Glasow (notice no second g in last name) was born in Fond-du-lac, Wisconsin in 1905, and died in Freeport, IL in 1998 at age 93. He graduated from Ripon College, and started his own business when he moved to Freeport just after the depression. His business was a humor magazine that he marketed to firms nationally, which firms would turn it into their “house organ” to send to their customers. He carried on this business for over 60 years, publishing his first book at age 92. The book is titled, “Glasow’s Gloombusters,” one of the many titles he put on his work during his career. He was cited frequently in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune and many other major organs. He was a regular contributor to the humor sections of Reader’s Digest. Sixty years of productive work. Many attributions. A real American thinker, self-effacing and generous of spirit, he shunned the national spotlight.

Newspapers.com
28 June 1956, Jim Thorpe (PA) Times-News, pg. 3, col. 2 ad:
Dick Edwards says
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!
(Brights. A swimwear ad. --ed.)

Newspapers.com
13 March 1964, The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, LA), “Holly Ridge Happenings” by Shirley Thompson, pg. 5, col. 6:
A THOUGHT:
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.

27 September 1972, Thomasville (GA) Times-Enterprise, “Glasow’s Gloombusters,” pg. 4, col. 1:
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!

5 March 1976, Snyder (TX) Daily News, pg. 1, col. 1:
The Borden Star has this advice: “Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier."—WACIL MCNAIR

Google Books
14,000 Quips and Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books
1990
Pg. 6:
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!

February 1999, Body Bulletin, “Think fit, be fit,” pg. 1:
“A healthy attitude is contagious.”

7 October 2000, North Bay (ON) Nugget, “The Volunteer Corner,” pg. B3:
The Volunteer Centre of North Bay and Area provides leadership and support for the enrichment of the community through volunteerism. A healthy attitude is contagious. But don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. Featured below is a small sample of the many positions available at The Volunteer Centre. Find out how you can be a volunteer by calling The Centre at 495-1321 or drop by the office anytime, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 375 Main St. W. (Legal Aid Building.)

Google Books
Building Customer Loyalty:
21 Essential Elements in Action

By JoAnna Brandi
Dallas, TX: Walk the Talk Co,
2001
Pg. 36:
A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!
-- Source Unknown

5 October 2001, Indianapolis (IN) Star, “Let it out,” pg. E3:
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others—be a carrier!

Google Books
The Best News about Radiation Therapy:
How to Cope and Survive

By Carol L. Kornmehl
Howell, NJ: Academic Radiation Oncology Press
2003
Pg. 49:
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” - Author Unknown

Google Groups: alt.quotations
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A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
--- Anonymous

19 January 2004, South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), “Patriots Perfect in Their Own Way” by Ethan J. Skolnick, pg. 1c:
There is a sign in Gillette Stadium: “A healthy attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” The attribution? “Unknown.”

12 July 2008, Rockford (IL) Register Star, pg. D1, col. 2:
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” - Tom Stoppard

Twitter
Vikki Whitefoot
‏@Vikki_LRS
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” - Tom Stoppard
10:51 AM - 14 Nov 2008

17 October 2009, Wall Street Journal, “Health Matters: Starting to Feel Older? New Studies Show Attitude Can Be Critical” by Melinda Beck, pg. R7:
Channe Fodeman, a clinical social worker who moderated the panel, noted that right now, it’s the baby-boom generation that is feeling the most trepidation about aging. “We have a lot of hang-ups about this whole age issue,” she says. “But more boomers should see how positive people in their 90s can be.”

She adds: “There’s a wonderful saying, ‘A healthy attitude is contagious. Be a carrier.’”

Google Books
The Quotable Scouter:
Moral Inspiration for Scouts of All Ages

By Edith Songer
Familius (Familius.com)
2013
Pg. ?:
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”
Tom Stoppard, 1937–

Google Books
Title A Healthy Attitude Is Contagious But Don’t Wait to Catch It from Others. Be a Carrier. -Tom Stoppard: Notebook with Unique Flower Touch|attitude Quotes|Journal and Notebook|Gift Lined Notebook|flowers|120 Pages
Author Quotes Publishing
Publisher Independently Published, 2020
ISBN 9798620721405
Length 120 pages

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