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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lessons from Hector and the Search for Happiness

When you're sad, any topic that concerns happiness draws your attention.  I guess it's you're personal attempt to help yourself to be happy.

I was particularly withdrawn to this book, "Hector and the Search for Happiness", but it was really expensive, for a small book! P599!! Luckily I saw someone online that sells the preloved book, so I got one for P150.  Superb isn't it?

You may say that I'm way behind, since I think this was already popular in 2010 and a movie was made out of it in 2014 due to its popularity.

There may be spoilers in this post, so don't read further if you're the type who hasn't read it yet and plan to read it in the future.

I just thought I would like to place the happiness lessons here for future reference to remind me about happiness.

Here were the Happiness Lessons of Hector
Lesson no. 1 Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.
Lesson no. 2: Happiness often comes when least expected.
Lesson no. 3: Many people see happiness only in their future.
Lesson no. 4: Many people think that happiness comes from having more power or more money.
Lesson no. 5: Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.
Lesson no. 6: Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamiliar mountains.
Lesson no. 7: It’s a mistake to think that happiness is the goal.
Lesson no. 8: Happiness is being with the people you love.
Lesson no. 8b: Unhappiness is being separated from the people you love.
Lesson no. 9: Happiness is knowing your family lacks for nothing.
Lesson no. 10: Happiness is doing a job you love.
Lesson no. 11: Happiness is having a home and a garden of your own.
Lesson no. 12: It’s harder to be happy in a country run by bad people.
Lesson no. 13: Happiness is feeling useful to others.
Lesson no. 14: Happiness is to be loved for exactly who you are.
Observation: People are kinder to a child who smiles (very important).
Lesson no. 15: Happiness often comes when you truly feel alive.
Lesson no. 16: Happiness is knowing how to celebrate.
Lesson no. 17: Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love.
Lesson no. 18: Happiness could be the freedom to love more than woman at the same time. (later, hector omits this lesson from his list)
Lesson no. 19: The sun and the sea make everybody happy.
Lesson no. 20: Happiness is a certain way of seeing things.
Lesson no. 21: Rivalry poisons happiness.
Lesson no. 22: Women care more than men about making other happy.
Lesson no. 23: Happiness means making sure that those around you are happy.
  • Be very attentive towards others.
  • Take time to observe the beauty of the world.
One of my favorite quotes was: People whose glass is always half full are clearly happier than those whose glass is always half empty.

and we have to remember to ask ourselves:

  1. Think about the difference between the life you have and the life you wish you had.
  2. Think about the difference between your life as it is now and the best period of your life in the past.
  3. Think about the difference between what you have and what others have.
I'm just posting these here for my future reference 😆
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