Pursuing Happiness

It's never wise to over-analyze happiness. As a state of being, it withers under harsh scrutiny. As soon as someone starts to dissect their feelings to determine the extent of their happiness, they always seem to come up on the short end of the happiness stick.

Instead, it would be wiser to approach happiness like a child. Children don't waste time thinking about the pursuit of the emotion. They simply pursue what makes them happy.

Adults would be happier if they approached it in the same way.

Do things you enjoy; be around people who make you smile; and allow yourself the freedom to not have to be happy. It's more productive to simply distract yourself and others from stress and unhappiness. In the absence of stress, the elusive feeling of joy will sneak in.

Forcing happiness is about as real as forced laughter.

In the movie, finding happiness is Hector's goal. Of course, shenanigans ensue and the life lesson unfolds with plenty of smiles and some sighs.

Definitely a movie worth watching.

IMdB Page

Some fun tidbits about the movie, from IMdB:

Hector goes to Africa in one scene and a banner is hanging that says "Welcome Hectar". The sign was done by Africans who assumed the spelling Hector with an A made more sense phonetically. I agree with them. Or perhaps I'd have gone with Hecter…

The scene in Tibet, Hector and the monks are hanging flags. These aren't really explained in the movie, bit IMdB says they're prayer flags. I was unfamiliar with the idea of prayer flags, so I had to look them up. Prayer flags are hung high so they catch the wind where the prayers of the people hanging them are caught on the wind and carried into the universe for good luck. 

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