The Geography of Bliss

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

By Eric Weiner
(Twelve, Paperback, 9780446698894, 345pp.)

Publication Date: January 2009

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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.

About the Author
Eric Weiner is author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Geography of Bliss", which has been translated into twenty languages, as well as the critically acclaimed "Man Seeks God." A former correspondent for NPR and "The" "New York Times", Weiner's work has appeared in the "New Republic", "Slate", "Los Angeles Times", "The" "Washington Post", "Foreign Policy", "The New York Times Magazine", and the anthology" Best American Travel Writing". VIsit
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