The geography of bliss : one grump's search for the happiest places in the world (Book, 2008) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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The geography of bliss : one grump's search for the happiest places in the world

The geography of bliss : one grump's search for the happiest places in the world

Author: Eric Weiner
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2008.
Series: Book Club kit.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, this book 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 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Travel writing
Named Person: Eric Weiner; Eric Weiner; Eric Weiner
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Weiner
ISBN: 9780446580267 0446580260 0552775088 9780552775083
OCLC Number: 164803474
Description: x, 329 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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?
Series Title: Book Club kit.
Responsibility: Eric Weiner.


The Dutch are, the Romanians aren't, and Americans are somewhere in between...After years of going to the world's least happy countries, Eric Weiner, a veteran foreign correspondent, decided to  Read more...
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Part travelogue, part personal-discovery memoir and all sustained delight, this wise, witty ramble reads like Paul Theroux channeling David Sedaris on a particularly good day...Fresh and beguiling." Read more...

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Entertaining travel book with a little social science

by whisner (WorldCat user published 2011-01-24) Good Permalink

What makes a society happy? Weiner goes on a round-the-world quest, beginning in the Netherlands with a scholar who manages a database of happiness studies. He visits countries that score high on happiness measures (Switzerland, Bhutan, Qatar, Iceland, Thailand, Great Britain, India) and one country...
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