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The Geography of Bliss

(1 customer review)

Author: Eric Weiner

Length: 335 pages
Type: Non-fiction
Genre: Travel

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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.


1 review for The Geography of Bliss

  1. Janet Dore

    Such an awful cliché really, but reading The Geography of Bliss really does kill three birds with one stone.

    1) Eric Weiner digs deep into how geography—and culture—impact happiness. I won’t spoil the surprises, but his discoveries are enlightening.

    2) Second is vicarious wandering. Eric gives his readers a taste of ten countries—including, but not limited, to Bhutan, Qatar, Iceland, and Moldova. While he may not cover the typical touristic topics during his visits, you definitely get enough of a sense of each place to know whether to add it to your Bucket List.

    3) Third, but not least, is laughter. Eric reminds me of one of my favorite travel-ish writers, J. Maarten Troost, who wrote one of my all-time favorite books—The Sex Lives of Cannibals and another worthy read—Lost on Planet China. Make me laugh and you have my attention—and my heart.

    Go get this book. The world needs more happiness.

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