If you live to 100, you might as well be happy

Kun, Hoo, Rhee


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‘If You Live to 100, You Might As Well Be Happy’ captivated South Korea, one of the fastest-ageing countries in the world, where it became a national bestseller and was recommended by the Library of Korea. After taking up writing in his retirement from a long, celebrated career in psychiatry, Rhee Kun Hoo has become a beloved, bestselling author in his native country. Now, his delightful wisdom is available for the first time in English. With his ninetieth birthday on the horizon, Rhee found himself reflecting on what constitutes a life well lived. The result is ‘If You Live to 100, You Might As Well Be Happy’, his collection of charming life lessons. Here, Rhee offers comfort, laughter and wisdom for readers of all ages, from burnt-out millennials to reflective retirees.

ISBN: 9781846047794 Category:


As an old Korean saying goes…

‘You learn to use gums in place of teeth.’

Rhee Kun Hoo was in his seventies and retired from a prestigious career in psychiatry when he took up writing. In his youth Professor Rhee lived an extraordinary life, filled with action and purpose. He served time in prison for opposing his country’s totalitarian government. He led the efforts to fix South Korea’s fledgling mental health system. He built a family and raised four kids.

Now in his twilight years, having, much to his surprise, become a bestselling, beloved writer in South Korea, Rhee turns his pen to the often-overlooked value of ageing. Here he shares his wisdom and philosophy for finding a life well-lived, exploring forgiveness, how to persevere (but also know when to quit), facing your insecurities and opening yourself to the simple joys available to you every day.

This comforting Korean bestseller offers guidance for attaining ordinary happiness at any age and shows us that life is a story worth reading until the very last page.

Additional information

Weight 0.31 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14 × 2 cm










305.26 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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