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.