As I sit here now the second edition of How To Do Everything and Be Happy is only days away from being released in ebook form, and I have to say I’m feeling rather pleased with myself. Freshly polished and edited, with a good fifty something pages of new material, I feel quite confident in saying that I think you’re going to like it.
It starts, as the first edition does, by looking at some of the reasons why you might be unhappy, before spending the rest of the book – neatly divided into several broad sections – creating a more happy you. When you’re finally done reading you’ll say to yourself – “Gee, that Peter Jones really knows his stuff: he’s not only identified ‘The Problem’, but he’s offered me ‘The Solution’. I best rush back to the online book store and give him a glowing review. Hurrah!”
If only life was that tidy.
The truth is everything in the book is the result of a somewhat messy process of trial and error to improve the quality of what used to be a very ordinary, less-than-happy existence. The ideas that finally worked were lovingly gathered together and documented into 200 plus pages, whilst my crazier attempts at achieving “Happiness” – the daft ideas that fell flat on their faces – may eventually be compiled into a much larger companion guide entitled “How Not to Be Happy – 5,000 idiotic ideas that you shouldn’t waste your time with.”
Before you rush out and buy the book however, some of you might need to know that I’m just a guy. I’m not a doctor, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a hypnotherapist, or an NLP practitioner. Neither am I a therapist, a counsellor, a guru, or a wise man. I don’t even consider myself an expert in happiness.
Other than my ability to string a few words together I am pretty good at planning. And problem solving. And organising my time. I’ve spent my working life coming up with ideas, processes & solutions, and implementing them. I’m a fix-it man. Not that I have any kind of certificate that says so, and until having such a qualification is in itself the solution to a problem I face, I probably never will.
Why am I telling you this?
Because, due to my complete lack of formal qualifications, there will be those people who won’t want to read How To Do Everything and Be Happy. Despite the fact that the first edition did really well (voted number 10 in Amazon’s Customer Favourites of 2011), and that a year on I feel compelled to bring out this revised and updated second edition – just so I can use a smidgen of the amazing, positive feedback I’ve had from my more vocal readers – there’ll still be some folks who will raise an eyebrow at any advice that doesn’t come to them pre-fixed with the word ‘professional’. And I can understand that.
On the other hand, if you’re the sort of person who’s happy to go with their gut instincts, if you think you might be able to put your trust in me, then I can show you ways to squeeze more Life out of your Days, rather than merely counting the Days in your Life. Would that be of interest at all?
I can see we’re going to get along famously.