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The Geography of Bliss

One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 22, 2007 – Fortified with Eeyoreish fatalism I m already unhappy. I have nothing to lose Weiner set out on a yearlong quest to find the world s unheralded happy places. Having worked for years as an NPR foreign correspondent, he d gone to many obscure spots, but usually to report bad news or terrible tragedies. Now he d travel to countries like Iceland, Bhutan, Qatar, Holland, Switzerland, Thailand and India to try to figure out why residents tell positive psychology researchers that they re actually quite happy. At his first stop, Rotterdam s World Database of Happiness, Weiner is confronted with a few inconvenient truths. Contrary to expectations, neither greater social equality nor greater cultural diversity is associated with greater happiness. Iceland and Denmark are very homogeneous, but very happy; Qatar is extremely wealthy, but Weiner, at least, found it rather depressing. He wasn t too fond of the Swiss, either, uncomfortable with their quiet satisfaction, tinged with just a trace of smugness. In the end, he realized happiness isn t about economics or geography. Maybe it s not even personal so much as relational. In the end, Weiner s travel tales eating rotten shark meat in Iceland, smoking hashish in Rotterdam, trying to meditate at an Indian ashram provide great happiness for his readers.

Customer Reviews


The book was fabulous no doubt about it but the ebook was horrific. Lots of problems and errors on actual pages. Never loaded right with having it on my iPhone and iPad as well. This was a great book but work needs to be done to improve the quality of this ebook.

The Geography of Bliss
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Essays & Memoirs
  • Published: Jan 03, 2008
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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