How to do everything and be happy is a great book by a very nice man called Peter Jones (no, not the Dragon – an easier going, smilier type). It’s not one of the big hitters of the self help & personal development genre, and I’m sure Peter would be fairly happy for me to say that. In fact, Peter’s own write up of the book states:
Every now and then a self-help book comes along that questions the very nature of happiness, shakes the very foundation of all the things you hold dear, and forces you to reconsider every assumption you’ve ever made. This isn’t one of those books.
How to Do Everything and Be Happy is a book for ordinary people. With ordinary lives. It’s for people who have been ambling along and wondering why they’re not – well – just that little bit happier. It’s a book for most people. It’s a book for you.
And do you know what? It’s a bloody gem! I came across it quite by chance while scrolling through the new personal development titles section on the Audible mobile store, and thought it looked like a nice addition to my (now slightly overwhelming) personal development audio library.
Peter reads the book and is instantly charming through his very easy-to-listen-to voice and “cheeky chappy” accent. He relates personal experiences, and those of friends of his, that quickly and effectively make you feel like it could be you he’s talking about.
The essential themes of the book are as follows:
- Make time for yourself, and for doing what you want
- Know what it is that you want for yourself
- Take the necessary actions to get there