Lessons in Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness book coverOne day a dissatisfied psychiatrist decides to travel around the world to determine what makes people happy.  Throughout his journey, he writes down the wisdom he gleans from those he meets and observes.  Sometimes he enjoys his adventures, such as when he is introduced to a lovely young woman and they “do what people do when they are in love.”  Other episodes are not as light (he is kidnapped and held for ransom in Africa), but he finds teachable moments in all.  Hector and the Search for Happiness, an international bestseller, is often compared to The Little Prince in its simple storytelling and thoughtful reflections.  François Lelord’s little book reminds us: “it’s a mistake to think that happiness is the goal.”