How to Do Everything and Be Happy: Your step-by-step, straight-talking guide to creating happiness in your life

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Do you ever feel that you could be – well – just that little bit happier? This simple book reveals how you can be happy every day, through these surprisingly easy tips and advice.Whoever you are, whatever you do, and whatever is holding you back, you can do it AND be happy.How To Do Everything and Be Happy is a book for ordinary people, with ordinary lives. People who have been ambling along and wondering if things would be better if they were just a little different. It's a book for most people. It's a book for ...

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How to Do Everything and Be Happy: Your step-by-step, straight-talking guide to creating happiness in your life

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Do you ever feel that you could be – well – just that little bit happier? This simple book reveals how you can be happy every day, through these surprisingly easy tips and advice.Whoever you are, whatever you do, and whatever is holding you back, you can do it AND be happy.How To Do Everything and Be Happy is a book for ordinary people, with ordinary lives. People who have been ambling along and wondering if things would be better if they were just a little different. It's a book for most people. It's a book for you.Peter Jones was once a normal guy. Sometimes frustrated, often dissatisfied, but always working hard towards a ‘happily every after’ he would share with his wife Kate.But when Kate died in Peter’s arms after just 2 years and 3 months of marriage, he realised his days had been spent working towards a fantasy, instead of making every hour count. Alone, at rock bottom, Peter discovered that the secret to happiness is simple: it’s about filling your time with the things that make you happy.If you've got a brain in your head, if you can pick up a pen, if you've got half an idea about what makes you smile, this book will show you how to do that.Peter’s ideas are born from hard-won experience. Like Boxing Day: originally a day Peter and Kate spent together, without plans or restrictions, as an antidote to the chaos of Christmas. When Kate passed away, Peter continued the tradition by himself, doing whatever came to mind: it turned out to be the most refreshing, relaxing and fulfilling few hours he’d ever had. And its effects could be felt throughout the month.Practical, amusing and mumbo-jumbo-free, How To Do Everything And Be Happy does exactly what it says on the tin.

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Publishers Weekly
Jones was living the life he thought he was supposed to live—married to the girl of his dreams, working a steady job and getting paid decent money to do it, and so on. But when his wife dies suddenly of a brain hemorrhage—just a little over two years after their wedding—he realizes he hasn’t been taking full advantage of his life, and resolves to change things the only way he knows how: “by making plans, and lists, and taking control of my own destiny.” What he found during his ensuing soul search is that most people’s lives are unbalanced—there’s just “work and ‘everything else.’” In order to shake things up—and help readers revivify their lives—Jones outlines a number of practical suggestions, from how to effectively use a planner to drafting a “‘Live Life Now’ List” (as opposed to a bucket list) and learning how to distinguish reasonable from far-fetched goals. His chatty, informal approach won’t appeal to every reader—especially those looking for something more grounded in secondary sources—but his advice on self-discovery and time management is truly valuable. Illus. Agent: Becky Bagnell, the Lindsay Literary Agency (U.K.). (June)
Library Journal
The pursuit of happiness is as relevant now as it was when America's Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence. Recent titles such as Meg Leder and Rachel Kempster's The Happy Book and Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project (both books, LJ 11/15/09) indicate that the quest is still going strong. Bowen, founder of the nonprofit organization, A Complaint Free World, and financial consultant Jones offer varied suggestions for how to achieve happiness. Bowen proposes that readers can achieve personal satisfaction by recognizing when negative internal thoughts occur, ridding themselves of resentment, and accepting life on its own terms. His steps include changing self-talk from negative to positive, freeing oneself of clutter, and developing a spiritual practice. Jones, on the other hand, reminds readers that they are in control of their own lives and encourages them to make lists of short- and long-terms goals—now lists and wish lists—and to review them daily. VERDICT Both books have a lot to offer, although Happy This Year provides a more comprehensive analysis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007518135
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,431,902
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Jones spent several years working as a consultant in credit card banking, fixing various issues in high-profile organisations. (And thereby most likely causing the credit crisis and global recession.)Peter’s outlook on life changed dramatically when Kate, his wife of 2 years and 3 months, passed away due to a brain haemorrhage. He left his job in finance to follow his passions: now he has written both fiction and non-fiction, and currently runs workshops and talks on his subject of expertise: How To Do Everything and Be Happy.Peter lives just a few miles outside London. He doesn't own a large departmental store and probably isn't the same guy you've seen on Dragons' Den.For more information, visit Peter’s website howtodoeverythingandbehappy.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Its ok

    The book was ok but not my type

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Hey lauren

    Hello im billy im 14 and i have shaggy brown hair and sea green eyes and im tall and skinny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    STOP TELLING ME IM LONLY

    GOSH -LAUREN

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