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Description - The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

In the last two decades, psychologists and economists have learned a lot about happiness, including who's happy and who isn't. The Dutch are, the Romanians aren't, and Americans are somewhere in between After years of going to the world's least happy countries and seeking out the least happy people, Eric Weiner, a veteran foreign correspondent, decided to travel to some of the world's most contented places. He travels to Switzerland, where he discovers the hidden virtues of boredom (and how proportional representation could be the answer ) He discovers the relationship between money and happiness in tiny and extremely wealthy Qatar (and it s not a good one) He goes to Thailand, and finds that not thinking is a way of life. He goes to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and discovers they have an official policy of Gross National Happiness! He asks himself why the British don't do happiness? n Weiner s quest to find the world's happiest places, he eats rotten Icelandic shark, meditates in Bangalore, visits strip clubs in Bangkok and drinks himself into a stupor in Reykjavik. Full of inspired moments, The Geography of Bliss sets out to accomplish a feat few travel books

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552775083
ISBN-10: 0552775088
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 26mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner spent a decade as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio in the US. He has been based in New Dehli, Jerusalem and Tokyo and has reported from more than thirty countries. He's also served as a correspondent for NPR in New York, Miami and, currently, Washington D.C. Weiner is a former reporter for the New York Times and a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. After travelling the world, he has settled quasi-happily, in the Washington area, where he divides his time between his living room and his kitchen.

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