The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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Grand Central Publishing, Jan 3, 2008 - Travel - 352 pages
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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is. Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy? With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.
 

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I love Weiner's writing style. - LibraryThing
both educational and entertaining. - LibraryThing
The author's "happiness insights" seldom inspired me. - LibraryThing
Pictures make happy! - LibraryThing
I would also love pictures. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

In this book, the author travels around the world trying to discover what makes people happy or unhappy. There were some interesting ideas in the book, but I felt like the author really only found ... Read full review

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User Review  - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing

The notion that happiness can be found somewhere else is at least as old as the saying that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. It is why immigrants still flock to the United ... Read full review

Contents

Dedication Epigraph Introduction
THE NETHERLANDS
SWITZERLAND
BHUTAN
QATAR
ICELAND
MOLDOVA
THAILAND
GREAT BRITAIN
INDIA
AMERICA
EPILOGUE
Acknowledgments About the Author
Copyright

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Eric Weiner, an award-winning foreign correspondent for NPR and a former reporter for the New York Times, has written stories from more than three dozen countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. His commentary has appeared in The New Republic, The International Herald Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times, and he writes the popular "How They Do It" column for Slate. He has lived in New Delhi, Jerusalem and Tokyo.

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