The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss

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

Large Print - 2008
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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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub, 2008.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781602852136
1602852138
Branch Call Number: Large Type 910.4 We
Characteristics: 455 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.

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SaccharineLove
May 25, 2018

One of the best travel books I have ever read! It is full of surprising self-discovery and heartwarming tales that prompt me to book flight tickets to the places he have mentioned. I highly recommend this book!

SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

Having traveled the globe for NPR reporting mostly scenes of misery, self-described grump Weiner embarks on an intriguing journey to find the world's happiest places. Informed by the emerging field of happiness studies, he learns that neither social equality nor cultural diversity are major factors, nor wealth or climate. Instead he finds happiness in conformist Switzerland, chaotic Thailand, sunless Iceland, and undeveloped Bhutan, among others, in this absorbing mix of travelogue, social science, and self-help.

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staineai
Oct 24, 2017

Hands down one of the best travel books I've read. It made me want to jet off to Iceland or Bhutan but it also made me think about the things in my life that make me happy. Absolutely wonderful, fun, and heartwarming!

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singidunum_25
Apr 06, 2017

What a pleasant surprise! This book is charming, witty, amusing and informative at the same time. It is one person's search for ultimate happiness. His journey takes him to ten countries in persuit of who, where and why are people in their blissful state. Eric Weiner describes each county with a great dose of humour: " The Swiss hate talking about money. They rather talk about their genital warts than reveal how much they earn." Or describing his friend handling drugs, " Rusty handled a bong the way Yo Yo Ma handles a cello."
#readingwithoutwalls challenge

JCLCourtneyS Dec 31, 2016

I found myself considering happiness, what it means, and how people attain it in a new light each time I picked up this book. Each country profiled was fascinating and added something to the discussion. This book was an engaging but slow read, with a great sense of humor.

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mygirl1
Nov 07, 2016

Not a bad book, but not a pager turner!

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sc7982
Apr 25, 2016

This is one of those book that you will look forward to reading and thoroughly enjoy the story with the added humor.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "Interesting travel book examining happiness. A bit of a slow read and no ultimate 'solution,' but all in all enjoyable."

Bierlingen Oct 14, 2013

An excellent read, especially for those who enjoy travel or like to know about other countries and cultures. Eric Weiner has an objective look at how others live and what brings happiness in life. Quite often it is quite removed from where we expect happiness to be found and other times not. Though sociological in basis, it brings moments of laugh out loud humour and interesting insights.

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EricaReynolds
Jan 10, 2013

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

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