François Lelord On Happiness
A lot of the literature on happiness and how to get there is very scientific and kind of dry. However, there is a good option for everyone who is interested in getting in touch with the science of happiness in a more entertaining and pleasant way: books by the French author François Lelord. His first novel, “Le voyage d’Hector ou la recherche du Bonheur” (“Hector’s Voyage or the Search for Happiness”) is about a psychiatrist who travels around the world, looking for what can make people happy.
There is a review of the book in The Independent.
The conclusions he comes to are pretty much consistent with what researchers have found out about happiness:
- Making comparisons is a good means of spoiling one’s happiness.
- Happiness often comes as a surprise.
- Many people see their happiness only in their future.
- Many people conceive of happiness to mean being richer or more powerful.
- Sometimes happiness means not grasping something.
- Happiness is hiking between beautiful unknown mountains.
- It is a mistake to believe that happiness is the goal.
- Happiness means being with the ones you love.
- Happiness means the family is not lacking of anything.
- Happiness means having an occupation one loves.
- Happiness means having a house and a garden.
- Achieving happiness is more difficult in a country that is governed by bad people.
- Happiness means feeling that one is useful to others.
- Happiness means being loved for what one is like.
- Happiness means feeling truly alive.
- Happiness means celebrating
- Happiness means thinking of the happiness of those one loves.
- Happiness would be being able to love several women.
- The sun and the sea make everybody happy.
- Happiness is a way of looking at things.
- Rivalry is poisonous for happiness.
- Women are more concerned with other people’s happiness than men.
- Does happiness mean to care more for the others‘ happiness?
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