The Geography of Bliss
One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
By (author) Eric Weiner
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Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
Book DescriptionPart 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." 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780446698894
Paperback / softback
(201mm x 132mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Warner Books Inc
Publisher: Time Warner Trade Publishing
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Eric Weiner
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What makes a nation happy? Is one country's sense of happiness the same as another's? This travel book evaluates each country's different sense of happiness. It shows how the author in his quest to find the world's happiest places, eats rotten Icelandic shark, meditates in Bangalore, and drinks himself into a stupor in Reykjavik.
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Author Biography - Eric Weiner
Eric Weiner, an award-winning foreign correspondent for NPR and a former reporter for the New York Times, has written stories from more than three dozen countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. His commentary has appeared in The New Republic, The International Herald Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times, and he writes the popular "How They Do It" column for Slate. He has lived in New Delhi, Jerusalem and Tokyo.
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