Monday, December 12, 2011

Lessons on Happiness

A friend lent me a book titled 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' by Francois Lelord and I found most of the lessons/observations about happiness made by the protagonist profoundly true. I'm listing all of his lessons here.

1. Making comparisons can spoil your happiness
2. Happiness often comes when least expected
3. Many people see happiness only in their future
4. Many people think that 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 happiness is the goal
8. Happiness is being with the people you love
8b. Unhappiness is being separated from the people you love
9. Happiness is knowing 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 (Protagonist's observation: people are kinder to a child who smiles)
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 could be the freedom to love more than one woman at the same time (The protagonist knew that women would disagree on this. Duh. Of course. Unless he meant his mother, which is not the case. Trust me, read the book and you'd know it's not)
19. The sun and the sea make everybody happy
20. Happiness is a certain way of seeing things
21. Rivalry poisons happiness
22. Women care more than men about making others happy
23. Happiness means making sure that those around you are happy

Do you agree? Do you have more to add to the list?


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