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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
Table of contents. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item Introduction -- The Netherlands: Happiness is a number -- Switzerland: Happiness is boredom -- Bhutan: Happiness is a policy -- Qatar: Happiness is a winning lottery ticket -- Iceland: Happiness is failure -- Moldova: Happiness is somewhere else -- Thailand: Happiness is not thinking -- Great Britain: Happiness is a work in progress -- India: Happiness is a contradiction -- America: Happiness is home -- Epilogue -- Are we there yet? Fresh and beguiling. What makes a society happy?
How happy are you? On a scale of desolate to rapturous, do you make it much past OK? Perhaps you think about it excessively. Perhaps you try too hard. Or it may be that, like Eric Weiner before he began his quest, you are addicted to sadness.
Rate this book. 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. 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? 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. Click to the right or left of the sample to turn the page.
He visits a few of the not-so-happy places, too, just for even more comparisons. He then manages to make general sweeping claims that may or not apply that particular country. After the first few chapters, I really wanted to visit the countries and experience the attitudes and lifestyles of the inhabitants. I particularly want to visit Iceland and Switzerland. Maybe even Bhutan!