Hector and the Search for Happiness

I got this book from the library today because i loved the colors :D

this serif font looks familiar but i can’t recall anything right now

so i read it, from cover to cover, as i occasionally went on tumblr to refresh, because i’m addicted and i’m not going to pretend that i’m not.

it’s actually a funny story because i was having a bad day/night/week/month/year/life and today i decided that i’ve been too cramped inside my room all this time so i need to go outside. and i did, took a long walk around that ended up at the library.

and i got this book among others

it’s a lovely book except for the fact that i hated the paper, i hated the paper so much, but otherwise lovely.

it’s funny, and it’s not at all sad, as the title indicates i guess, but sometimes books that talk about sad things are actually sad to read about but this isn’t it at all. it’s happy and even when scary things are happening you don’t feel it at all.
i took a lot of notes from this book while i was reading actually..if only i knew where that legal pad went..

oh here we go.

page 3: First of all, he knew how to answer a question with another question. For example, when people asked him, ‘Do you think I’m going to get better, Doctor?’ he would reply: ‘what does “getting better” mean to you?’ In this way Hector helped people think about their own case and find their own ways of getting better.

page 43: When a group of them emerged, talking amongst themselves, they looked very serious and sometimes it seemed as if they were cross with one another. some looked so preoccupied, so caught up in their own thoughts that Hector almost felt like going up and prescribing pills for them.

I was going to type up the entire list of ‘lessons’ he’s made for being happy but instead perhaps you should try to read it for yourself.

yes, i’m all for self-help books, i read a truck load of them in highschool, well i read one of them it felt like a truck load though.

but for my own sake and yours too! i’ve copied the entire list here, for you, just you, you lazy bastard

1. Making comparisons can spoil your happiness something that i’ve learned from experience to be the most true)

2. Happiness often comes when least expected.

3. Many people see happiness only in their future I find this to be true often

4. Many people think that happiness comes from having more power or 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 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 looking for this right now

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.

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

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. im gonna leave this one out for now at least

19. The sun and the sea make everybody happy the sun does anyway

20.Happiness is a certain way of seeing things.

21. Rivalry poisons happiness (see 1)

Posted: February 9th, 2011
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