handbook to a happier life

Handbook to a Happier Life (Novato, Ca: New World Library, 2003)

This is the new, updated, 175 page edition published by New World Library. This was Jim’s first, self-published, book and it now has twice the information and is better than ever.

“Handbook to a Happier Life is great! It is brief, easy to read, practical, and filled with useful exercises for making positive changes. This little book should be part of everyone’s self-help library.” – Jack Canfield, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

“Handbook to a Happier Life is delicious and delightful! Jim has taken the best ‘ingredients’ of life and shows us how we can combine them into just the recipe we need to help us create a fulfilling life.” – Wally Amos, author, The Cookie Never Crumbles.

When Jim Donovan’s successful career in video and broadcast television led to a personal meltdown, he went through rehab, pulled himself up from the bottom, and started his life over. He then began giving seminars on “how to change your life” based on the simple yet effective ideas that had worked for him in his recovery. Don’t make big changes, Donovan suggests, just start slowly and move bit-by-bit toward your goal. In addition to goal-setting and goal-keeping, Donovan discusses writing personal affirmations that work, cultivating gratitude, disciplining the mind, and helping others to achieve their dreams. These easy-to-grasp concepts have helped thousands of people turn their lives around.

“happy@work – 60 Simple Ways to Stay Engaged and Be Successful” (Novato: New World Library, 2014)

“Drink in a chapter of this book every morning along with your cup of coffee to get your day and your life going.

Jim Donovan has distilled the best tools from the top motivational speakers and put them in an easy, ‘Hey I can do this!’ format.  It’s like having a motivational speaker on your shoulder showing how to improve your life every day.” — Patti Wood, motivational speaker, body language expert, and author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma

Even in a tight economy, job satisfaction shouldn’t be considered a luxury; fulfilled, happy employees are productive, innovative, and loyal.

And because employed Americans work more hours than those in most industrialized countries, workplace fulfillment spills over into families and communities.

Jim Donovan, a small business owner, consultant, and speaker, has worked with employees and employers for 25 years.

In that time he has tested and honed these shift-producing strategies. From managing time, making decisions, and marking milestones to breaking patterns, bouncing back, and becoming exceptional, each tip’s method and rationale is clearly explained and illustrated by a real workplace vignette.

Each tool empowers with the knowledge that no matter the circumstance, employees can think, act, and feel in ways that create purpose, success, and, yes, happiness.

Take Charge of Your Destiny: How to create the life you were born to live (Shippensburg, PA: Sound Wisdom, 2016)

Take Charge of Your Destiny

How to create the life you were born to live

Take Charge of Your Destiny teaches you how you can create a compelling vision for your future, eliminate any subconscious blocks in your way, and design a life of abundant health, success, prosperity and joy. Exactly the kind of life you were born to live.

Here is just a sampling of what you will learn:

How to break the illusions that are holding you back.
How to easily uncover the resistance that is blocking your progress.
Why you’re never too old to pursue your dreams.
How a simple question can improve interpersonal communication.
How to create your own personal health team with you as captain.
What to do if you’re not rich yet.
How to attract more money into your life easily and joyfully.
How to feel better no matter what happens.
How taking a few simple steps can lead to ultimate success.

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