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Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord Buy the Ebook: . themes to resonate without letting the story get bogged down by big issues. be free beings and so responsible for our own happiness, which at the same time has. Download and Read Free Online Hector and the Search for Happiness(A Novel (Movie Tie- Why, because book serves what you want and wish in this era. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. This trite debut follows a psychiatrist named Hector Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features Kindle $ Read with Our Free App; Audiobook . Hector and the Search for Lost Time: A Novel (Hector's Journeys Book 3). Francois.

Also available as: Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. And so he decided to take a trip around the world, and everywhere he went he would try to understand what made people happy or unhappy. Hector travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, and along the way he keeps a list of observations about the people he meets. Kim Thuy. Funny Girl.

You have also written self-help books. Are there any parallels between writing fiction and writing self-help literature, either in terms of your process or the ideas that you're exploring?

For me these are different process.

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Writing nonfiction implies a lot of planning and checking; it's like building a piece of furniture, you have to design it at first, to look for materials in advance. Writing fiction is for me the opposite, you write everyday in kind of daydreaming state, just trying not to loose your track, in the case of Hector writing about happiness. Hector's list of guiding principles for happiness becomes a sort of road map for him as he travels.

Did you start out writing the book with these principles in hand or did they come to you along the way? I started writing already loaded on the academic literature and philosophy I have happened to read on happiness, my personal experiences, and the ones of my patients. But no planning then, the principles popped up naturally according the situations who came along the trip. How did the real-life academic research on happiness inform your story? Had you read much of it before you started writing or did you investigate it specifically for this book?

No, for that book, but I have read a lot of happiness academic literature for a former book about emotions. And so the lessons can be read at different levels. I know that some people may miss that kind of fun and ask a little angrily why the lessons are so simple!

Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord

But in fact they are a simple formulations of the conclusions of most of the academic research of happiness, and obviously of some philosophers too. For example "happiness is to have a house and a garden" is a simple truth, a plus in Quality of Life indexes, but a reference to Epicure, too. And later the Professor tells Hector more about real theories of happiness. But one can enjoy Hector's lessons without knowing anything about philosophy and psychology and I am happy about that!

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Was this a challenge for you as the author? Not really, I must be very superficial! Maybe not so, I hope, but at the level of a philosophical tale you don't have to explore systematically all the issues, but just to show them in a way to make the reader think. I didn't invent that genre: Voltaire, Montesquieu, Swift…;.

One of the most intriguing lines in the book is: Because in our Western culture, and maybe specially in the United States, we are supposed to be free beings and so responsible for our own happiness, which at the same time has become a supreme value.

Opposite to some times ago when you had to accept that your life was determined by social order, untreatable plagues, and God, and when duty was more valued than happiness. So today, not being happy is not far from acknowledging a kind of personal failure. Most of Hector's lessons on happiness go beyond the realm of traditional psychiatry.

How has writing this book and its sequels affected your relationship to modern medicine? Not much I think, because modern medicine, and of course psychiatry, is more and more concerned about happiness and well-being or the patients, I have seen that evolution since I was a medical student, and for the first time in my UCLA-Veteran hospital year, where my mentors' teams were concerned about the well-being of chronic mental patients, not only reducing their symptoms.

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

What is it about this story that speaks to readers? As an author, you never really know. But I got some letters. Some people were sensitive to the humor of the book, and told me it made them smile and cheered them up.

Other ones told me it made them cry, but still they liked it for that. A really nice story about the lessons of happiness, learned as Hector discovers his own path. Highly recommend as a quick, heart warming read. Overview Music Video Charts. Opening the iTunes Store. If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.

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Click I Have iTunes to open it now. View More by This Author. He also meets an old monk who offers a bit of happiness-related wisdom. Having suffered disappointment in his relations with Ying Li, Hector next heads to Africa, where he makes the acquaintance of a drug lord with a depressed wife, is kidnapped, and learns that "it's harder to be happy in a country run by bad people. Though the book is an international bestseller, it is far less a novel than a maudlin self-help guide that substitutes pat aphorisms for development.

Customer Reviews Simple but full of wisdom. A nice story!