The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss

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

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2009.
Edition: First trade edition
ISBN: 9780446698894
Branch Call Number: 910.4 WEINER E
Characteristics: xiv, 345 pages ; 21 cm.


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Feb 21, 2019

This book is well written by a traveling journalist. His insightful search for happiness is filled with delightful, personal stories. I want to start a journey to all the places in this book.

Feb 02, 2019

Usually one travels the world to visit museums and see the sites. Journalist Eric Weiner has a different mission: he searches happiness in the world by visiting a myriad of places and cultures, rich and poor, and chats with the locals to get their views on the subject. Weiner also shares in-depth research and various authors' take on happiness. He does a good job --- makes valiant attempts to get to the core in each country he visits. He writes with intelligence and at times with humor. I enjoyed hearing what people around the world thought about happiness and seeing the world through their eyes and experience. It is a different and thought provoking travel book. He didn't discover anything earth shattering yet I applaud his efforts in examining happiness on this planet.

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.

Nov 14, 2017

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.

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!

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."
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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.

Nov 07, 2016

Not a bad book, but not a pager turner!

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.

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