What I Learned, and Gathered, from Hector

If you happen to be bored for two hours, take a look at the film, Hector and the Search for Happiness. Why? It is a total pick me up kind of story, forces you to slow down and reevaluate your life a bit, and it’s filled with British humor. If you’re into that kind of thing.

Anyway, the story centers around a psychiatrist, Hector, who finds himself unsatisfied with his life, and goes on a trot of the globe. His purpose on this journey is to learn what really makes people happy. This is the list of not only what he discovers in the film, but also what I discovered by watching it:

  1. Making comparisons can take away from your personal happiness.
  2. Many people believe happiness to be achieved by being richer or more important.
  3. People think that they will only be happy in the future.
  4. Ergo^, live in the present.
  5. Listening is loving.
  6. “People who are afraid of death are afraid of life.” (Refer to #4)
  7. “Happiness is knowing how to celebrate!”
  8. “Happiness is feeling completely ALIVE!”
  9. Fear blocks happiness. (Refer to #4 and 6)
  10. People+Food=HAPPY.
  11. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” (Again, #4)
  12. “If I seem happy, I know it is because I am loved for who I am.”
  13. “The mind can hurt as much as the body.”
  14. “Happiness is answering your calling.”
  15. ^So do what you love!
  16. There will be a tomorrow.
  17. “Ask yourself: Does this person bring you predominantly, A.) Up? or B.) Down?”
  18. “Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness.”
  19. ^Sadness, anger, hope, love–all part of a content and happy life. IT IS OKAY TO NOT BE HAPPY.
  20. Happiness is an adventure!
  21. “Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.”

Hope you liked that list. Now, off you go! Find your inner-happy.

-Marta

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