The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss 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 beguiling 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 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? With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.
 

About Eric Weiner

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Eric Weiner, an award-winning foreign correspondent for NPR and a former reporter for the New York Times, has written stories from more than three dozen countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. His commentary has appeared in The New Republic, The International Herald Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times, and he writes the popular "How They Do It" column for Slate. He has lived in New Delhi, Jerusalem and Tokyo.
 
Published January 3, 2008 by Twelve. 329 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Travel, Education & Reference, Computers & Technology, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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(Another surprise: Happiness flourishes in cold climates.) Excursions to Bhutan and India provide a spiritual perspective and underscore the wisdom of low expectations.

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As Weiner says of happiness science and could easily say of his book, “The research findings are alternatively obvious and counterintuitive, expected and surprising.” In general, happiness levels within a country vary less than happiness levels between countries, though not everyone’s personality...

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The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner 409pp, Black Swan, £7.99 How happy are you?

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Examiner

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World tells the quest of Eric Weiner in his pursuit of the happiest places in the world.

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Entertainment Weekly

After years as a foreign correspondent for NPR, self-described grump .

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

As a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Eric Weiner has spent much of his career traveling to some of the world's least happy places -- Iraq and Afghanistan among them.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Richard Layard (2005): 3.5 of 5 Stars May/June 2005 Based on years of research, including that of groundbreaking happiness expert and Nobel laureate Daniel Hahneman, Happiness reveals how societal pressures to make money, compete, and accrue possessions take a heavy toll on overall happiness.

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Monsters and Critics

Weiner, an NPR correspondent and self-confessed grump set off on a yearlong jaunt to find the worlds happiest places, along with a couple of the least happy for contrast, and ended up writing one of the most delightful travelogues ever.

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The Agony Column

Weiner, who calls himself a "self-help book addict," writes convincingly about the search for happiness, so it might be a temptation to slap on a "self-help tome" label, but again — you wouldn’t if you read it.

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