The Search for Happiness: How Do We Find It?
Art and other forms of unconventional therapy continue to be a recent trend in counseling, helping clients to get outside of logical thought into the unformulated psyche. Every once in a while, forms of media provide a unique insight into the human condition, and I love sharing these with my clients. I recently watched the movie Hector and the Search for Happiness, and I couldn’t help but see applications for anyone going through recovery.
Simon Pegg is the actor who plays the character Hector, a psychiatrist in England who begins to question his purpose in work and in his larger life. He begins to wonder, what is happiness? How does one obtain it? Does it even exist? The movie is the story of his journey to find happiness. All of these questions and many like them have been asked by my clients. The pursuit of happiness has been sought by many, but often with little resolution.
The movie Hector and the Search for Happiness presents an intriguing take on the age old question, what is happiness. The plot of the story is quite humorous. The psychiatrist, Hector, is tired of telling clients how to find happiness when he doesn’t even know what happiness is. Hector feels like he is the epitome of the adage: “the blind leading the blind,” trying to lead his clients to happiness when he feels so clueless. So what does Hector do? He takes a three month sabbatical from his profession and his relationship, for the both seem to have lost meaning, excitement, and happiness. He gave himself three months to travel around the world, asking people of many cultures what they view as happiness.
So what does he find? Is it happiness? Well, that depends on your perspective. Don’t worry, I won’t ruin the ending for you. I would highly recommend watching so that you can make up your own mind. Regardless, the movie presents a refreshing perspective on this age old question everyone has asked. The movie challenged me to think about happiness is many new ways. Today, how would you define happiness? Are you pursuing happiness in your own life? Maybe this week, you can take some time to search out this movie and begin thinking about what happiness means to you.