the search for happiness...

A while back I had the opportunity to watch a movie called "Hector and the Search for Happiness". Have you seen it? I decided to watch it based purely on the title. For those of you that don't know me, I am a sucker for happiness, a purveyor of happiness, if you will. The movie, which was adapted from the book of the same name focuses on Hector (a psychiatrist) who decided to go search the world for what happiness means.

The move was good in large part because it focused on the things that Hector discovered while seeking the meaning of happiness. He wrote them down as he went along. So today I wanted to share those things with you, What better way to head into the weekend then with a list of happiness?

Making comparisons can spoil your happiness

Happiness often comes when least expected

Many people only see happiness in their future

Many people think happiness comes from having more power or more money

Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story

Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamiliar mountains

It’s a mistake to think that happiness is the goal

Happiness is being with the people you love; unhappiness is being separated from the people you love

Happiness is knowing that your family lacks for nothing

Happiness is doing a job you love

Happiness is having a home and a garden of your own

It’s harder to be happy in a country run by bad people

Happiness is feeling useful to others

Happiness is to be loved for exactly who you are (People are kinder to a child who smiles)

Happiness comes when you feel truly alive

Happiness is knowing how to celebrate

Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love

Happiness is not attaching too much importance to what other people think

The sun and the sea make everybody happy

Happiness is a certain way of seeing things

Rivalry poisons happiness

Women care more than men about making others happy

Happiness means making sure that those around you are happy
— Hector and the Search for Happiness - Francois Lelord

What do you think of the list? Would you add anything? Tell me below in the comments. Have a good weekend.

For those of you working on the Manifesto Project, I haven't forgotten next steps. I will return to the manifesto series in two weeks. This gives everyone the extra time to get everything in order. Don't hesitate to send questions though.