Hector and the Search for Happiness

Sunny-Side-Up is a new weekly column (yays!) celebrating clear blue skies, fancy bookmarks and the snooze button. In other words, expect book/film reviews, DIY crafts and easy recipes for a beautiful weekend.

Hector is a psychiatrist who wasn’t satisfied with his life. So he embarked upon a journey around the world in search for the secret to happiness. This book expounds simple truths that revolve around modern-day life and questions what we so often take for granted.

In his country poor people were richer than most other people in the world, but knowing this didn’t make them any happier, because every day they saw their richer fellow countrymen enjoying lots of nice things that they as poor people couldn’t afford. […] Not having much is one thing, but having less than others is a bit like feeling that you’re bottom of the class — it can make you unhappy.

The old monk said, “The basic mistake people make is to think that happiness is the goal!” And he began to laugh.

The analogy that struck me most concerned some friends who are excellent skiers:
One day they take you to the top of a very steep ski slope and tell you you’ll have great fun if you just follow them. In fact they’ve only taken you up there because they are excellent skiers and love skiing down very steep slopes. And you don’t enjoy yourself at all trying to keep up with them, you’re scared, you fall over and you wish it would end, but you have to get down the slope anyway and you have a miserable time while those morons, your friends, fly over the moguls shrieking with joy.

If you enjoy The Little Prince or The Alchemist, you’d probably love this too. But try to slow down as you read because it’s too easy to read too quickly given the simplistic style of writing.

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