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

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Weiner spent a decade as a foreign correspondent reporting from such discontented locales as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. Unhappy people living in profoundly unstable states, he notes, inspire pathos and make for good copy, but not for good karma. So Weiner, admitted grump and self-help book aficionado, undertook a year's research to travel the globe, looking for the "unheralded happy places." The result is this book, equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and philosophical, a journey into both the definition of and the destination for true contentment.

Apparently, the happiest places on earth include, somewhat unexpectedly, Iceland, Bhutan, and India. Weiner also visits the country deemed most malcontent, Moldova, and finds real merit in the claim.

But the question remains: What makes people happy? Is it the freedom of the West or the myriad restrictions of Singapore? The simple ashrams of India or the glittering shopping malls of Qatar?
From the youthful drunkenness of Iceland to the despond of Slough, a sad but resilient town in Heathrow's flight path, Weiner offers wry yet profound observations about the way people relate to circumstance and fate.

Both revealing and inspirational, perhaps the best thing about this hilarious trip across four continents is that for the reader, the "geography of bliss" is wherever they happen to find themselves while reading it.

Title:The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0446580260
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:335 pages

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

  • Jenny
    May 30, 2008

    This was a very interesting book. It's about happiness, a subject that I never realized I thought about so much. Most of my thinking is subconscious, but throughout this book I kept questioning myself...

  • Jason Koivu
    Dec 09, 2011

    A sourpuss Weiner travels the world and wonders why the frick everyone's so dang happy. And I thought I was a grump!This was actually a very fun way to "travel the world," by piggybacking Weiner on hi...

  • Andy
    Mar 20, 2008

    I will admit that I was initially put off by the title of NPR correspondent Eric Weiner’s engaging, highly readable travelogue, The Geography of Bliss. That conjunction of the global and the delight...

  • Trish
    Nov 06, 2009

    The subtitle of this book is One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World, and I am going to cut to the chase and discuss his conclusions. You're going to want to read the book anyway, to f...

  • Jessica
    Jun 10, 2008

    Okay, not really fair to post a review, since I'm just more than halfway through (it has to go back to the library now). But: I've read enough to know that I find the book too superficial for my taste...

  • David
    Feb 13, 2009

    This is a late entry in the glut of “science of happiness” books that peaked a couple of years ago. The best among those books was Daniel Gilbert’s “Stumbling on Happiness” and, while this b...

  • Rachel
    Sep 15, 2009

    I wanted to throw this book in a lake (unfortunately, it's a library book). At times it was funny, sure, and it was kind of interesting. But I couldn't get over its shortcomings and so I didn't finish...

  • Kristen
    Feb 13, 2008

    I laughed my way--out loud--through most of this book. It was clever, very funny, and totally enjoyable. It's written by an NPR correspondent who travels the globe searching for the place, or source, ...

  • Kalin
    Dec 10, 2013

    Цялата книга получава добро обобщение в епилога си:Парите имат значение, но не колкото си мислим, и не по начи...

  • sal
    Dec 12, 2008

    I want to be Eric Weiner and travel the world and talk to people and learn about happiness and learn about culture (and lack there of) and learn about ... everything. I don't want this book to end, I ...