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Play Sample. Give as a Gift Send this book as a Gift! Book Rating 1. Written By: James Clamp. HighBridge Company Date: September Did you start out writing the book with these principles in hand or did they come to you along the way? I started writing already loaded on the academic literature and philosophy I have happened to read on happiness, my personal experiences, and the ones of my patients. But no planning then, the principles popped up naturally according the situations who came along the trip.
How did the real-life academic research on happiness inform your story? Had you read much of it before you started writing or did you investigate it specifically for this book?
No, for that book, but I have read a lot of happiness academic literature for a former book about emotions. And so the lessons can be read at different levels.
I know that some people may miss that kind of fun and ask a little angrily why the lessons are so simple! But in fact they are a simple formulations of the conclusions of most of the academic research of happiness, and obviously of some philosophers too.
For example "happiness is to have a house and a garden" is a simple truth, a plus in Quality of Life indexes, but a reference to Epicure, too. And later the Professor tells Hector more about real theories of happiness. But one can enjoy Hector's lessons without knowing anything about philosophy and psychology and I am happy about that!
Was this a challenge for you as the author? Not really, I must be very superficial! After Hector slips them a note telling them they should talk, he tells the criminals that he knows Eduardo the powerful drug dealer and hasn't gone to the police.
After learning this and sharing his notebook filled with lessons in happiness with the criminal boss, Hector is let go scotch-free. Upon arriving back at Marie-Louise's family's house, they throw him a party for the mere fact that he survived a kidnapping.
Hector then travels to America, the country of More, as he calls it.
America is never specifically named, but the reader can assume it's America based on Hector's and the narrator's descriptions of the culture and environment. Hector is looking forward to meeting with a professor of Happiness Studies at a university. He travels first class so as to celebrate the fact that he's still alive.
On the airplane ride to America Hector meets Djamila, an ill woman whom Hector helps to calm down when she panics because she has a very strong headache. He brings her back to first class with him where she can recline and be comfortable.
He also requests from the pilot that the plane be flown about 1, feet lower in an effort to help Djamila feel less pressure on her head. The two enjoy their conversation and Hector is successful in helping to bring down Djamila's anxiety level while flying. Eventually, she falls peacefully asleep and Hector enjoys the rest of the plane ride to America. Once in America, Djamila is exited from the aircraft and escorted away by two men in white coats. Hector is picked up from the airport by his former girlfriend, now good friend, Agnes, who scolds him for helping Djamila without the proper legal protection.
Hector meets Agnes's husband Alan and her two children. They live in a wealthy part of town near the water. Context clues let the reader know that it's the West coast of America.
Before going to the university with Agnes a couple days after arriving in America, Hector enjoys a solo walk through Agnes's town and also down the white sandy beach near her home. Alan and Agnes help Hector the night before he meets with the professor to categorize his lessons in happiness. Hector feels prepared yet still nervous to meet the important professor, to which the professor is referred by Hector.
Fortunately, upon meeting the professor, the two hit it off well and have a positive interaction. The professor is excited to talk to Hector and validates all of Hector's informal research into the topic of happiness.
He explains his own research, that of his colleagues, and the way Happiness Studies has progressed over the last several years since it has begun being studied. When the professor goes through the process of explaining how to measure happiness and shows Hector his quantitative research involving brain scans, Hector is again elated at his own work and his own lessons being validated.