Sunday Sparkle

I went on a Sun-date with myself today <3

Popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

After a much-needed facial, I popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

I’ve been dying to read Hector And The Search For Happiness for almost a year now, but I didn’t buy the book because I didn’t fancy the movie cover (it was the only version being sold at local bookstores at the time). So when I spotted this cover a few days ago, I swooped it out of the shelf right away and headed straight to the counter.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

There’s a lot of truth to this list, and if you read the book, you’ll understand them even better through the people that Hector interact with and the experiences that they share. It’s an interesting book and it’s also a very easy read considering the complexity of the topic. And although it saddens me to say that I didn’t completely fall in love with the book or the character, I’d still say that it’s a worthy read. Give it a chance because there are a few gems in there that’ll make you examine and challenge your own views on happiness. Or you can just cheat and watch the movie (I have a feeling it might actually be better than the book and it’s partly because I adore Simon Pegg).

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

Reading this question over and over again throughout the book really made me stop and want to ask myself this question, too. Was I happy? Like really happy? 

What is happiness to you?

What is happiness to you?

My answer? Well, I’ll keep it to myself for now (sorry, hehe). But I will tell you this: When I reflected on my current state of happiness, it made me feel content and free.  But just coming to realize that I was actually happy? It’s a feeling that I also have to learn to trust.

And now it’s time for one more secret before I go…

This was roughly my lesson.

Do you think this is true?

In the book, Hector’s hoped to learn how to become happy by traveling the world and observing what made other people happy. Me? I kinda just dove into my daily life and tried to figure it out without escaping. I faced the mundane—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and learned to love it. Or at the very least, make peace with the parts that were harder to love. Then, I just added more fun experiences (and lots of pampering) into the mix. That’s basically how I found my happy.

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I must find a way to watch this movie soon!

What about you? How do you find your happy? Share it with me below! ♥