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Excellent book and a very English take on the self help genre!,
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This review is from: How to Do Everything and be Happy: Your Easy-peasy Guide to Creating Happiness (Paperback)
I've tried reading a fair few of these "be happy" books over the last few years and normally I find them to be either full of new age mumbo jumbo or way too American in their "rah rah rah" style. So I started reading How to Do Everything and Be Happy with some trepidation.
However, it's actually a book that's perfect for anyone living a normal ordinary life who wants to make the most of every day. From the very first suggestion - Boxing Day, a day every month when you do whatever you want - through to setting goals and actually finding the time to achieve them, this book is full of ideas that you will really want to do, rather than airy fairy concepts that you know will never make it off the pages of the book. In fact, I actually found myself making lists and ordering noticeboards and doing everything in the book as I read it - rather than thinking, "Yeah yeah, I might do that one day ..."
Possibly the best part of book is the last section, where there's a summary of all the concepts the book throws up, along with easy checklists that help you put the concepts into action - because thinking positive is all well and good but it's actually doing stuff that makes happiness, well, happen!
Since reading the book I've already made a Now List and a Goals List and have started saving stuff for my Trophy Board ... and it's already made me happier!
Peter Jones writes in a lovely conversation style so he quickly feels like a friend, or perhaps that bloke down the pub or the gym who knows what he's talking about.
I've already recommended this book to my family and friends, my daughter has a copy, a friend has a copy and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get more out of life but doesn't think reading The Secret is the way it's going to happen ... this is real life ideas for real life happiness.