Book #43: Hector and the Search for Happiness

Francois Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness, (2010), 164p

Ruh-roh. I have somehow become SUPER BEHIND on my book blogging – hence the 12 day gap between entries. Let’s just say I got super distracted by some other monumental stuff in my life, most importantly beginning my half marathon training. Eeeep!

Here’s hoping I can stay on top of everything and get back on track. 🙂

Hector, a young psychiatrist, meets many people in his practice who are just generally unhappy. He, himself, was generally unsatisfied with his life and embarks on a worldwide journey to learn about happiness. Hector travels from Paris to China and Africa to the U.S. Along his journey, he discovers many happiness lessons.

Yes – I discovered this book because it was made into a movie. Of that, I am guilty. But there are PLENTY of books-turned-movies that I do not read, so that wasn’t my primary motivation for giving Hector a try. I thought it was an interesting concept, which it was.

But, to me it fell a little short. Yes, it was a super cute concept, the writing was simple and sweet, and even Hector himself was relatively decent. I read another review that summed it up nicely by saying this book is really Hector and the search for women to sleep with.

Happiness is a very personal concept. I am slowly discovering at the ripe old age of 29 what makes me happy (my partner, pets, running, good food, laughing, friends) and what doesn’t make me happy (toxic relationships, doing the dishes, anxiety, jealousy, feeling taken advantage of).

Yes, we all need to find our own happiness but mine definitely doesn’t involve romping around in a bunch of other people’s beds.

2015 Reading Challenge: a book originally written in another language