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The Geography of Bliss

One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
Weiner, Eric (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Geography of Bliss


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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, this book 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 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 Singapore benefit psychologically by having their options limited by the government? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina, so darn happy? NPR correspondent Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.--From publisher description.
Authors: Weiner, Eric, 1963-
Title: The geography of bliss
one grump's search for the happiest places in the world
Publisher: New York :, Twelve,, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 329 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Eric Weiner
Summary: Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, this book 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 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 Singapore benefit psychologically by having their options limited by the government? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina, so darn happy? NPR correspondent Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.--From publisher description.
ISBN: 9780446580267
0446580260
Branch Call Number: 910.4 W423g 2008
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Report This Jan 10, 2013
  • EricaReynolds rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very fun to read and a great arm-chair traveling whirlwind of places and what makes them unique and in some cases, blissful. Recommended.

Report This Nov 16, 2011
  • Cswese rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing book! Changed my way of thinking about life. He was easy to follow, the writing was witty, and I didn't have any problems with becoming uninterested. Truely an amazing writer and traveler, with interesting, comical and witty remarks and insights.

I highly recommend this. Not only has it made me think about the value of boredom and paying attention to whatever I'm doing as a formula for being happier with my life, it has also made me seriously consider visiting Bhutan- of all places. (Me! a big fan of clean toilets and well paved roads.) What other book can accomplish that while intermingling humor calculated to make even the most determined grump smile.

Report This Apr 17, 2011
  • christopherdean rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read and a really interesting topic. I found the book quite engaging and looked forward to each chapter as it revealed a different or unique perspective on the elusive topic of happiness.

Report This Oct 22, 2010
  • KCLibraryGuy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book tells of the author's travels to find happiness.

Report This Sep 03, 2010
  • chansen rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The cover is pretty. I like the paper airplane.

“Normally, I do not associate the words “happiness” and “database,” but this is different”. Thus Eric Weiner begins his journey with a visit to The World Database of Happiness in the Netherlands. Upon being told that he may not like what he finds, Weiner admits that “while we may not be able to differentiate fine shades of happiness among countries, surely we can say that some countries are happier than others.” And he proceeds with his research. In each place he visits Weiner makes an effort to meet political or spiritual leaders, average citizens, and often times Americans living abroad. In every case, he writes of his hosts with humor and compassionate curiosity. At one point he decides that in order to know happiness, you must know unhappiness and visits some of the least happy places. Of Moldova he says, “Getting to Moldova turns out to be nearly as tricky as finding it on a map. It’s almost as if the Moldovans are off sulking in their corner of the globe. “Leave us alone. We’re not happy, and we like it that way. We said go away!” I know it’s just a cry for help though, and am not about to give up.” Is Weiner ultimately able to determine who’s happy and why? Maybe not definitively, but his exploration uncovers some common themes across this “atlas of bliss”.

Report This Jul 28, 2010
  • BlairsBear rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A really charming mix of travel writing and positive psychology. Eric Weiner has a great dry sense of humor and I couldn't wait to see what he thought of each new country, and each new philosophy. Everyone should at least like this book.

Report This May 13, 2010
  • allanmiller rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fascinating book and, surprisingly and refreshingly, not politically correct! Pure science as she is written. An enjoyable sociological study.

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