Hector’s Lessons on Happiness

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I’ve just finished reading this great book Hector’s Search For Happiness by François LeLord which I found really insightful when thinking about what makes us truly happy, and thought it would be worth sharing with you.

If you don’t already know the story, it tells a tale about a psychiatrist called Hector who finds himself unhappy with life and unable to help his patients in a positive way. So he decides to up and travel the world to try and find out what makes people happy. He comes across many different people from all walks of life and asks them the all-important question – what makes you happy?

The following are Hector’s lessons on happiness. To know how he discovered them I encourage you to read the book (or watch the movie adaptation which stars the brilliant Simon Pegg) but in all I think that they help to sum up the notion of happiness and what happiness should mean to us – what do you think? 🙂

  1. Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.
  2. Happiness often comes when least expected.
  3. Many people only see happiness in their future.
  4. Many people think happiness comes from having more power or more money.
  5. Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.
  6. Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamiliar mountains.
  7. It’s a mistake to think that happiness is the goal.
  8. Happiness is being with the people you love; unhappiness is being separated from the people you love.
  9. Happiness is knowing that your family lacks for nothing.
  10. Happiness is doing a job you love.
  11. Happiness is having a home and a garden of your own.
  12. It’s harder to be happy in a country run by bad people.
  13. Happiness is feeling useful to others.
  14. Happiness is to be loved for exactly who you are.
  15. Happiness comes when you feel truly alive.
  16. Happiness is knowing how to celebrate.
  17. Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love.
  18. Happiness is not attaching too much importance to what other people think.
  19. The sun and the sea make everybody happy.
  20. Happiness is a certain way of seeing things.
  21. Rivalry ruins happiness.

7 thoughts on “Hector’s Lessons on Happiness

  1. Cheyanne

    I just watched this movie and had NO IDEA it was a book! It was one of the best movies I’ve seen in ages and 9 times out of 10 the book is better so I’ll DEFINITELY have to check this out! 🙂

  2. simarsk

    Interesting read, thanks for sharing! I think that these lessons are kind of basic, but the truth is that we often forget them… despite the fact that they are so basic! My biggest struggle is number 3 because I am guilty of it. I have a habit of “postponing” my happiness for the future, but the truth is that if you want to be happy, then you have to be happy in the here and now, doing whatever it is that you do.

    1. A Life Less Ordinary

      I’m glad you liked it! I think it’s always important to remember that happiness is a personal journey. I think the list highlights that happiness can come in many different forms. I think most people struggle with feeling they will be happy or happier once the things they want come into their life and it’s important to keep reminding ourselves that this isn’t the case…It’s about life and the present moment. Thanks so much for your insight 🙂

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