Where the blinkin’ heck is the 2nd Edition!??!

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Blimey O’Reily its been a long long LONG time coming, but I’m pleased (and somewhat relieved) to announce that fifteen months and 10,000 sales after its initial release,  the long awaited Second edition of How To Do Everything and Be Happy will be officially available (in two formats)…

This Friday 
(8th of June, 2012 )

Put that date in your diary!
(You do have a diary, don’t you?)

New Stuff

So, you might be asking, what’s in the Second Edition, that wasn’t in the first?

Well for starters I’ve used the opportunity to sprinkle some reader feedback throughout the book. If you’ve emailed at some point in the past few months, or left a comment on this blog, you might have a mention in the new edition!

Much of the feedback I’ve received enabled me to completely revise and update the ‘Potential Boxing Day Problems‘ section – there are now zero excuses for not having a successful Boxing Day!

I’ve also added four completely new sections, they are…

  • Advanced Boxing Day
  • Potential Now List Day Problems
  • Determining Your Next Action
  • Advanced Diary Tips

But, for me, the most exciting part of this re-launch is the fact that it’ll be available in an entirely new format!

Available in Audio!

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From this Friday you’ll be able to download the second edition of the book from audible (.co.uk | .com), the internet’s largest supplier of spoken word audio entertainment, and hear the book “read by the author” (in other words, me)!

Please excuse me whilst I bounce off the walls in excitement.

The release of the audio version was actually part of a three-book deal that I signed with them earlier in the year – if you’re interested you can read more about that over on peterjonesauthor.com (my author blog).

But before you do allow me to shake you firmly by the hand…

Any Questions?

If you have any comments, questions, glowing endorsements, please feel free to drop me a line via the contact page or the comments box below.

Happy reading 🙂


Trust me. I’m not a Doctor.


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.

Christmas with a Kobo?


the koboWith the festive season just around the corner you might be interested to know that a serious contender to the Amazon Kindle has entered the market. WHSmiths are now selling the Kobo.

From what I understand the Kobo is a Canadian piece of kit, and for the longest time you couldn’t buy it in the UK. But now you can, and any books you fancy the look of at the WHSmith online bookstore can be downloaded onto it directly.

What’s more, just like the Kindle, you don’t actually need a Kobo device to read Kobo-books. You can download the FREE Kobo app for virtually any smartphone or computing device and access your Kobo library that way.

I don’t mind admitting that when I found out about the Kobo I panicked – just a little. I wasn’t 100% sure whether How To Do Everything and Be Happy was available to Kobonians, in Kobonia, which meant there would be people out there for who Boxing Day would only ever be something that happens once a year. Those same people might be walking around making lists of things they might do before they ‘kick the bucket’ (rather than NOW). And let’s not even get into the absence of proper Wish List / Goal Planning activities – that, quite frankly, just didn’t bear thinking about. But I needn’t have worried. Enter ‘Manty67’ and her blog ‘Life and Other Things’ at manty67.blogspot.com.

Manty is – so far as I know – my first Kobo reader. And judging by her blog she thoroughly enjoyed my book. She even describes herself as a follower.

I have followers.

It’s a fun blog. I particularly like Manty’s Trophy Board, and the amusing piece about her first Boxing Day. Hope the next one goes better, Manty.

But I digress.

The important point here is that – YES, How To Do Everything and Be Happy is available for the Kobo, whether you live in Kobonia or anywhere else. Right now.
And you can download it here.