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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/3/2008
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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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." 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Netherlands: Happiness Is a Numberp. 5
Switzerland: Happiness Is Boredomp. 27
Bhutan: Happiness Is a Policyp. 49
Qatar: Happiness Is a Winning Lottery Ticketp. 97
Iceland: Happiness Is Failurep. 141
Moldova: Happiness Is Somewhere Elsep. 185
Thailand: Happiness Is Not Thinkingp. 219
Great Britain: Happiness Is a Work in Progressp. 245
India: Happiness Is a Contradictionp. 275
America: Happiness Is Homep. 307
Epilogue: Are We There Yet?p. 321
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
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