The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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Black Swan, 2008 - Travel - 412 pages
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What makes a nation happy? Is one country's sense of happiness the same as another's? In the last two decades, psychologists and economists have learned a lot about who's happy and who isn't. The Dutch are, the Romanians aren't, and Americans are somewhere in between...

After years of going to the world's least happy countries, Eric Weiner, a veteran foreign correspondent, decided to travel and evaluate each country's different sense of happiness and discover the nation that seemed happiest of all.

ĚHe discovers the relationship between money and happiness in tiny and extremely wealthy Qatar (and it's not a good one)
ĚHe goes to Thailand, and finds that not thinking is a contented way of life.
ĚHe goes to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and discovers they have an official policy of Gross National Happiness!
ĚHe asks himself why the British don't do happiness?

In Weiner's quest to find the world's happiest places, he eats rotten Icelandic shark, meditates in Bangalore, visits strip clubs in Bangkok and drinks himself into a stupor in Reykjavik. Full of inspired moments, The Geography of Bliss accomplishes a feat few travel books dare and even fewer achieve: to make you happier.

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User Review  - ChrisNewton - LibraryThing

What makes the happiest places on earth different than other places? You'll never know from reading this book. It's such a fascinating subject too, but Weiner just skates across the surface noticing ... Read full review

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

This book reads very Brysonesque. Here is a paragraph to prove it. "The philosophers, though, are the real culprits---the brooding white guys from Europe. They tended to wear all black, smoke too much ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Eric Weiner spent a decade as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio in the US. He has been based in New Dehli, Jerusalem and Tokyo and has reported from more than thirty countries. He's also served as a correspondent for NPR in New York, Miami and, currently, Washington D.C. Weiner is a former reporter for the New York Times and a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. After travelling the world, he has settled quasi-happily, in the Washington area, where he divides his time between his living room and his kitchen.

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