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 travel memoir, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader across the globe 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?

In a unique mix of travel, psychology, science and humor, 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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User Review  - Daniel.Estes - LibraryThing

Well-written and chic. Like a smartly-dressed citizen of the world. I'm both envious and annoyed by Eric Weiner's search for the happiest places in the world. Annoyed because it's an obvious flaunt of luxury and resources, and envious for the same reasons. Read full review

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User Review  - EmScape - LibraryThing

Freelance journalist Eric Weiner embarks on a journey around the world in order to visit the so-called "happiest" places on earth (and the least happy one) to find out what makes them so that way. He ... Read full review

Contents

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