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15 rules for happiness (hector's list from the movie) | arizona road trip | uneven 30

In the 2014 film, "Hector and the Search for Happiness," the main character identifies 15 rules for happiness. I thought discussing these today would make a fun podcast — and I have to admit, I had a great time recording it. I hope you like it too.


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0:00:00 happy leap day

0:00:49 quick recap from mesa

0:01:54 health and activity at the rv park

0:01:45 hector and the search for happiness (movie)

0:02:55 reviewing hector's 15 rules

0:04:20 1) comparisons can spoil happiness

0:05:58 2) happiness is being rich or important

0:07:18 3) happiness only in the future

0:09:23 4) freedom to love more than one person

0:10:56 5) happiness is not knowing the whole story

0:13:10 6) avoiding unhappiness not road to happiness

0:14:33 7) compaion lift you up or take you down

0:17:01 8) happines is answering your calling

0:19:21 9) happiness is being loved for who you are

0:21:50 10) sweet potato stew

0:22:57 11) fear is an impediment to happiness

0:24:22 12) happiness is feeling completely alive

0:25:43 13) happiness is knowing how to celebrate

0:27:12 14) listening is loving

0:28:52 15) nostalgia is not what it used to be

0:31:06 in closing



Hector and the Search for Happiness (IMDb)

Hector's List (Hector and the Search for Happiness, the movie)

— This list is from the movie and differs from the list in the original book.


Recording Info

— RECORDED: Thursday, February 29, 2024

— LOCATION: Mesa, Arizona


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