Hector and the Search for Happiness

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Can we learn how to be happy? Hector is a successful young psychiatrist. He's very good at treating patients in real need of his help. But many people he sees have no health problems: they're just deeply dissatisfied with their lives. Hector can't do much for them, and it's beginning to depress him. So when a patient tells him he looks in need of a holiday, Hector decides to set off round the world to find out what makes people everywhere happy (and sad), and whether there is such a thing as the secret of true happiness...

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Provides a dollop of warm, fuzzy, feel-good escapism --Woman

Intelligently naïve --Marie Claire

Even the most aloof, the most detached reader will be won over by this book. --Cosmopolitan

A feel-good gem ... Francois Lelord has created a 21st-Century hero in kind-hearted psychiatrist Hector, who travels the globe to find out what makes people happy. --Good Housekeeping

A series of philosophical bonnes bouches ... their effect is unexpectedly cheering --The Independent

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François Lelord studied and practiced psychiatry in Paris, and was a consultant for companies interested in reducing stress for their employees. On a trip to Hong Kong, the Hector character popped into his mind. The huge success of 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' led him to spend more time writing and travelling, ending up in Vietnam during the Sars epidemic. There he practiced psychiatry for a French NGO and met his future wife Phuong. Today they live in Thailand. The Hector's Journeys series is available in English from Gallic Books.

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