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I want you to really think about something for a moment.
What does happiness mean to you? Are you happy? Who or what makes you happy?
Is it the people you surround yourself with? The job that you have? Or, maybe the job makes you unhappy?
For me, happiness is: Exploring new places seeing new things; writing & reading; cuddling with Robyn – my 6 year old adventurous pitbull; making art, in one form or the other; enjoying a good Captain Morgan/Dr. Pepper every now and again; and feeling important/being independant
Are there real attributes for happy people? Do the same things make everyone happy, or is it different depending on who you ask?
Well I bet if you checkout out Hector and the search for happiness by Francois Lelord, it would help you find answers to that question.
The book review…
Francois Lelord is a French Psychiatrist and Author who studied medicine and psychology.
The main character in Hector and the Search for Happiness is, wait for it…. You guessed it; Hector!
Hector sees unhappy people all the time; people who are not happy for, what seems like, no reason at all. These people have great jobs, make a ton of money, and all they do is talk about how unhappy they are… But it’s not only them – he is feeling the same.
Hector is a lot like most of us, the excitement has gone in his life and he is just going through the motions. There is nothing left to be excited about, it seems.
But why and how do people become happy again?
What if you left the country to search for happiness? What if you asked others around the world what happiness means to them? Would they all give the same answer?
Well, that is exactly what Hector had to do. He told his partner, Clara he is leaving for a few months, told his clients he was going on Holiday, and was off to search for happiness.
Hector meets all sorts of new people along the way: a wise old Chinese man with a long white beard, a very important man in a very secretive business, a Chinese “business woman”, and an old Monk, just to name a few.
Was he able to find happiness again? Was he able to bring back tips for his clients on how to be happy again? To find out, you’ll have to read for yourself!
Regardless, Hector helped me find some light in my life. Sometimes when things seem so grey, you need someone else’s story to help fill you will hope, happiness, and insight.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy book to read, and perfect for when you feel like your life is just this cycle where you get up and do the same thing day in and day out.
I think Hector is like a lot of us, he has everything he “needs”, besides happiness. I think he needed to take this trip to return home and realize what makes people unhappy and how to flip, turn that upside down.
Give this book a read, and tell me what you think in the comments! Did it help you, like it did me?
As always, don’t ever stop #ChasingDaydreams !
Like this book review?! Check out the review on Adventure Philanthropist here!