Friday, September 26, 2014

Hector and the Search for Happiness


I'm back from Bali and got a chance to go to the movies today to see Hector and the Search for Happiness. This book turned movie was on my summer reading list and was such a cute simple book! It's written like a cute children's book not naming country names and simplifying complex issues. It was a best seller in France then translated to English. It about a psychiatrist named Hector who was tired of his job and decided to take a trip around the world to understand what made people happy and to discover if there was a secret of happiness. Here were my favorite lessons he learned in no particular order:

Happiness come from others: friendship, mutual love, caring about other people's happiness or unhappiness, feeling useful to others.

Observation: People are kinder to a child who smiles (very important).

Lesson no.1: Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.

Lesson no. 3: Many people see happiness only in their future.

Lesson no.22: Women care more than men about making others happy.

Lesson no.4: Many people think that happiness comes from having more power or more money,

Lesson no. 6: Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamiliar mountains.

Lesson no. 11: Happiness is having a home and a garden of your own.

Lesson no. 13: Happiness is feeling useful to others.

Lesson no. 16: Happiness is knowing how to celebrate.

Lesson no. 19: The sun and the sea make everybody happy.

Here's the trailer:

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