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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the… (2008)

de Eric Weiner

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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.… (més)
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Catapulted into action by his own depression, the author researched the happiest places in the world (circa 2007), or places that had distinct beliefs about happiness, and went. Starting with a happiness expert in The Netherlands, Weiner visited Switzerland, Bhutan, Quatar, Iceland, Thailand, Great Britain, India and came back to America. He also spent two weeks in Moldova, the country rated lowest in the happiness index. By meeting the average people, professionals in mental health, spirituality, a psychic, and some government officials, he was able to give the reader a general semblance of what life is like in that country and what makes that particular nationality happy. ( )
  mstrust | Feb 4, 2022 |
Sometimes witty and amusing, sometimes serious, a delicious travelogue of sorts, this book confirms what you should have known all along: money won't buy you happiness, not even close. Poverty doesn't do it either. Actually, there is no real answer, but some tantalizing ideas from all corners of the globe. ( )
  PattyLee | Dec 14, 2021 |
Iceland and Bhutan are my two favorite countries presented in this book, the ones I'd most like to visit, Moldova and Qatar the ones I'd avoid if I were doing the traveling, but where the reader might learn a lot about happiness.


Bhutan:I do spot this hand-painted sign, propped up by two pieces of wood on the side of the road.

When the last tree is cut,
When the last river is emptied,
When the last fish is caught,
Only then will Man realize that he can not eat money.





Iceland

Hilmar is a successful Heathen but not an ambitious one. His goals today remain what they’ve always been: to compose his music. To own a good sofa. To read good books. Hilmar owns many books, even by Icelandic standards.



Hilmar has a stock answer to those who criticize his excessive book buying. “It is never a waste of time to study how other people wasted time.” ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
I maybe feel I learned more about people and places around the world rather than about bliss, but that's not all bad. =) ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
Fascinating little study of happy people around the world. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
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The emir of Qatar, ruler of the land, is determined to do something about his country's missing culture. In true Qatari fashion, he plans to buy a culture and, while he's at it, some history as well.
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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.

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