The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss

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

Large Print - 2008
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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes us from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness. Using a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor, Eric Weiner investigates 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 happy?
Publisher: Center Point, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781602852136
Call Number: 910.4 WEINER
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Weiner, Eric -- Travel.
Voyages and travels.
Large type books.

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staineai
Oct 24, 2017

Hands down one of the best travel books I've read. It made me want to jet off to Iceland or Bhutan but it also made me think about the things in my life that make me happy. Absolutely wonderful, fun, and heartwarming!

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singidunum_25
Apr 06, 2017

What a pleasant surprise! This book is charming, witty, amusing and informative at the same time. It is one person's search for ultimate happiness. His journey takes him to ten countries in persuit of who, where and why are people in their blissful state. Eric Weiner describes each county with a great dose of humour: " The Swiss hate talking about money. They rather talk about their genital warts than reveal how much they earn." Or describing his friend handling drugs, " Rusty handled a bong the way Yo Yo Ma handles a cello."
#readingwithoutwalls challenge

JCLCourtneyS Dec 31, 2016

I found myself considering happiness, what it means, and how people attain it in a new light each time I picked up this book. Each country profiled was fascinating and added something to the discussion. This book was an engaging but slow read, with a great sense of humor.

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mygirl1
Nov 07, 2016

Not a bad book, but not a pager turner!

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sc7982
Apr 25, 2016

This is one of those book that you will look forward to reading and thoroughly enjoy the story with the added humor.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "Interesting travel book examining happiness. A bit of a slow read and no ultimate 'solution,' but all in all enjoyable."

Bierlingen Oct 14, 2013

An excellent read, especially for those who enjoy travel or like to know about other countries and cultures. Eric Weiner has an objective look at how others live and what brings happiness in life. Quite often it is quite removed from where we expect happiness to be found and other times not. Though sociological in basis, it brings moments of laugh out loud humour and interesting insights.

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EricaReynolds
Jan 10, 2013

Very fun to read and a great arm-chair traveling whirlwind of places and what makes them unique and in some cases, blissful. Recommended.

Cswese Nov 16, 2011

This is an amazing book! Changed my way of thinking about life. He was easy to follow, the writing was witty, and I didn't have any problems with becoming uninterested. Truely an amazing writer and traveler, with interesting, comical and witty remarks and insights.

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TheLibraryBabe
Jul 25, 2011

I highly recommend this. Not only has it made me think about the value of boredom and paying attention to whatever I'm doing as a formula for being happier with my life, it has also made me seriously consider visiting Bhutan- of all places. (Me! a big fan of clean toilets and well paved roads.) What other book can accomplish that while intermingling humor calculated to make even the most determined grump smile.

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