• Title English : “The man who wanted to be happy”
• Author : Laurent Gounelle
• Pages : 192 Sheet
• Publisher : Pocket (April 1, 2010)
• Collection : Littérature
• ISBN-10: 2266186671
• ISBN-13: 978-2266186674
• Product Dimensions : 10,9 x 1,3 x 17,5 cm
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♦Description : “Imagine …
You are on vacation in Bali and, shortly before your return, you consult an old healer. For no particular reason, just because his great reputation made you want to meet him, just in case …
His diagnosis is formal: you are in good health, but you are not … happy.
Bearer of infinite wisdom, this old man seems to know you better than yourself. The very particular lighting that it brings to your lived experience will lead you in the most captivating adventure that is: that of the discovery of oneself. The experiences in which he leads you will upset your life, giving you the keys to an existence at the height of your dreams.”
“I did not want to leave Bali without having met him. I do not know why. I was not sick; I have always been in excellent health. I had inquired about his fees because, my stay coming to an end, my wallet was almost empty. I did not even dare to check my remote banking account. People who knew him had said, “You give what you want, you slip it into a little box on the shelf.” Well, it reassured me, even if I was a little worried about it. the idea of leaving a tiny note to someone who had, it was said, treated the Prime Minister of Japan.
It was difficult to find his house, lost in a small village a few kilometers from Ubud, in the center of the island. I do not know why in this country there are hardly any signs. Reading a map is possible when you have landmarks, otherwise it is as useless as a mobile phone in an area where you do not catch. Remained, of course, the easy way out: ask passers-by. Although I am a man, it has never been a problem for me. It seems to me sometimes that most men would have the impression of losing their manhood if they were to stoop to that. They prefer to wall up in a silence meaning “I know,” pretend to find their way, until they are completely lost and their wife tells them, “I told you we should have asked.”
“Laurent Gounelle was born on August 10, 1966 of a Catholic mother and a Protestant father. Native to the Cevennes, Ardeche and Venice by his father, Aisne, Holland and Belgium by his mother whose family lived a quarter of a century in Cochin China. At home, the Asian influence was felt even in the culinary habits … He receives a fairly strict education in a serious atmosphere which he escapes through daydreaming, reading, and observation of the world.
At 17, he wants to become a psychiatrist, but is dissuaded by the family doctor – an inveterate pessimist convinced that this job has no future. His father, a professor and researcher in physiology, had little regard for “soft sciences” …
Driven by his parents to make “serious studies”, he then began a degree in economics at Dauphine which he graduated in 1988, completed by a third cycle at the Sorbonne.
His bac + 5 in his pocket, he finds himself at 23 years propelled into the world of business, young executive promised a future without a hitch. And yet, it’s the shock. He finds himself confronted with an existential crisis, his job having no deep meaning in his eyes. “It’s not the life I wanted,” he realizes brutally. Then follow a few years during which he looks for himself, an erratic course that a journalist of Libération will later qualify as “trajectory of freshly decapitated chicken.
But his very early passion shown for the human being does not let go. He throws himself body and soul into the human sciences and especially psychology and philosophy, through readings and training increasingly specialized in the United States, Europe and Asia. He makes initiatory journeys. He meets wise men.
Desiring to make his passion his job, he became a consultant in human relations, a profession he will practice for 15 years. In France and internationally, companies entrust him with consulting and training missions that revolve around improving relationships between people, the development of work, the search for meaning.
In 2006, during a busy year (death of his father a few months after his marriage, birth of his first child, death of his best friend …), Laurent Gounelle takes the pen to write a story that would share ideas that are important to him about life and the pursuit of happiness. “The man who wanted to be happy” is published in 2008 and becomes a world bestseller, translated into 25 languages, No. 1 in France.
In 2010, Laurent Gounelle publishes “The gods always travel incognito” which immediately takes the lead of the lists of bestsellers and also becomes a bestseller in Spain and in most countries of South America. The film adaptation of this novel is currently in preparation.
In 2012, Laurent Gounelle publishes “The philosopher who was not wise” in a co-edition Plon / Kero, a novel in the form of satire of modern Western society, which in turn becomes a bestseller and is in progress translation in many countries.
In 2014, Laurent Gounelle publishes “The day I learned to live”, a novel about self-discovery and the meaning of life, which will be placed as soon as it is released in all the bestseller lists. This novel is being translated in many countries.
In 2016, Laurent Gounelle publishes “And you will find the treasure that sleeps in you”, a dive into the world of spirituality.“