The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss

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

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the listener 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Hachette Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781600242595
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (720 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Weiner, Eric
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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.

kimberleyhklibby Jul 07, 2014

Parts of the book were very interesting and other parts were a bit boring. The author wrote with wit and humour, although the humour was the cheap college style jokes at times.

Jun 17, 2013

After covering wars, disasters, and other catastrophes for more than two decades, Weiner wanted a lighter, happier assignment. His search for the happiest places on earth take him to Iceland, Bhutan, Switzerland, India, and other locales. He learns that neither income nor diversity guarantees happiness. As a self-described, self-help book junkie, Weiner has a keen eye for life's absurdities despite cultural norms.


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