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

ISBN-10: 0446580260
ISBN-13: 9780446580267
Edition: 2008
Authors: Eric Weiner
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 1/3/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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 Singapore benefit psychologically by having their options limited by the government? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Caolina 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.

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?
Acknowledgments

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