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Would definitely read thru on an intercontinental flight. Weiner is also the author of Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. My bookshelf is a towering, teetering monument to existential angst, brimming with books informing me that happiness lies deep inside of me. We speak of searching for happiness, of fi nding contentment, as if these were locations in an atlas, actual places that we could visit if only we had the proper map and the right navigational skills. Happiness was reserved for the gods and the fortunate few. So one day I thought, “What if I sought out the world’s happiest places? By turns hilarious and profound, this is the kind of book that could change your life. ‎ Part travel memoir, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader across the globe to investigate not what happiness is, but WHERE it is. So with science as his compass, he spent a year visiting the world's most and least happy places, and the result is a charming, funny and illuminating travelogue called The Geography of Bliss. However the author's vast knowledge of both centuries old and modern day literature, art, and science on the subject is impressive. Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2020. The basic premise of the book is about Weiner’s wish to find the reasons for people’s happiness or lack of happiness in the world. Try Google Play Audiobooks today! -Liz Spikol, Philadelphia Weekly, “While his own bliss may be elusive, Weiner, equal parts philosopher, travel guide, and self-help expert-and wholly hilarious-has written a book you can delight in.” -Elissa Shappel, Vanity Fair, “While Weiner may indeed be a grump (I did find his obsessive collection of bags and admiration of Really Expensive Pens quite endearing), he’s the best kind of reading companion — sharply observant and sweetly self-deprecating, quick with the perfect literary allusion, and funny when it matters. Do cit… Lurking just behind the curtain is, of course, that tantalizing, slippery concept known as paradise. With our words, we subconsciously conflate geography and happiness. "With one single book, Eric Weiner has flushed Bill Bryson down a proverbial toilet, and I say that lovingly. Quality Paperback Club 2008 New Visions Award Winner, Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Title, “The Geography of Bliss is the kind of book that makes you think of Scrooge in the tropics, chomping his cigar, bah-humbugging as marimbas are played, jotting notes even Richard Nixon would love. ― Henry Alford, author of Municipal Bondage and Big Kiss, - "Part travelogue, part personal-discovery memoir and all sustained delight, this wise, witty ramble reads like Paul Theroux channeling David … In The Geography of Genius, “Weiner is a superb travel guide: funny, knowledgeable, self-deprecating…[His] idiosyncratic approach made me feel afterward …, Copyright © 2021 Eric Weiner. One of the ineluctable laws of travel is that most companions are beguiling at the beginning and annoying by the end. On a scale of desolate to rapturous, do you make it much past OK? And it was. That must have been relatively easy to write. Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2018. Has the book changed you? What a wonderful sense of humor ! It is the story of a grouch who was travelling the world looking for the happiest place. Change your place, I believe, and you can change your life. You will, however, find much to chew on and, perhaps, some unexpected inspiration. The main characters of this non fiction, travel story are , . I was born in the Year of the Smiley Face: 1963. There is wisdom to be found in the least likely of places. Also, what better way to study something (like happiness) than by examining its opposite? The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner The first time I visited Thailand, the quality that impressed me most was not the temples or the pad thai or the palm-fringed beaches, it was the smiles. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World, Twelve; Reprint edition (January 5, 2009), "Researchers have found that people, sane people at least, rarely smile when alone. . I’m not exactly the Dalai Lama but I’m definitely less grumpy than I used to be. Happiness levels vary widely from one country to another. The Geography of Bliss is no smiley-face emoticon, it's a Winslow Homer." I won’t spoil the fun by telling if his mission succeeds, except to say that happiness is reading a book as entertaining as this.” -Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic, “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.” –Kirkus Reviews, “In the end, Weiner’s travel tales-eating rotten shark meat in Iceland, smoking hashish in Rotterdam, trying to meditate at an Indian ashram-provide great happiness for his readers.” –Publishers Weekly (Starred review). Would you be happy then? I could go on and on, but will not; see for yourself; this book is so hilariously well-written, that it can induce the very state it is trying to define, in the reader ! Think. I desperately wanted to see the world, preferably on someone else’s dime. Weiner has always been in search of elusive happiness. They are geographical outliers, places that are practically falling off the map yet possess an undeniable bliss. I’m a closet optimist. That’s when a graphic designer from Worcester, Massachusetts, named Harvey Ball invented the now-ubiquitous grinning yellow graphic. I'm a perpetually happy person. Free download or read online The Geography of Bliss: One Grumps Search for the Happiest Places in the World pdf (ePUB) book. E-mail –ciciliachettiar@yahoo.com Published by Hachette Book Group USA (2008) ISBN: 978-0446698894 (Paperback) If you are a student of positive psychology or cultural psychology or both, then this book is for you. I offer no simple bromides here. Actually, it was the most difficult chapter to write. If you want to wag a politically correct finger in his direction, you’ll have to stop laughing first . I wanted to savor each country, ponder the quotes from people all around the world who think (or don't think) about happiness. What if you lived in a country that was fabulously wealthy and no one paid taxes? But how? But actually these two sides go together—you cannot have what is ‘in here’ unless you have what is ‘out there.’ ”. The second criteria I used was a bit more nuanced. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2014. There is data out there about the world’s happiest nations. I’m not particularly happy, and in that way I’m typical of my profession. Finalist for The Next Big Idea Club’s fall season.The list of “the [six] most exciting books of the season,” is curated by Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain and Dan Pink. Repeat. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. The Geography of Bliss. Viewing the world again as a laboratory of ideas, I decided to travel to countries that possessed a certain “happiness ingredient” in spades. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Something went wrong. 409pp, Black Swan, £7.99. O’Rourke. By Eric Weiner. It contains mankind’s accumulated knowledge about what makes us happy and, even more important, where we are happy. If I’m not happy, they counsel, then I’m not digging deep enough. The premise of researching happiness is fascinating and the author writes extremely well balancing facts and opinions in an entertaining way. I roam the world in search of answers to the pressing questions of our time: What are the essential ingredients for the good life? Culture is the sea we swim in. Perhaps, but not like any you’ve read before. If someone told me this book was this good, I wouldn’t have believed them.” -Po Bronson, author of What Should I Do With My Life? The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World audiobook written by Eric Weiner. Please try again. My bags were packed and my provisions loaded. Danger? After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Do cit… It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. The Geography of Bliss is neither a self-help manual nor a pop-psychology book. That is the beauty of "The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World," it is a very learned and intelligent book that wears its erudition lightly and communicates insights with skill and many wonderful laughs. You’re too close to it. Kebahagiaan tidak membutuhkan kata-kata.” You’re a journalist. Midterm Great Britain Eric Weiner’s book The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World is an interesting and thoughtful tale of travel, geopolitics, sarcasm, and others. Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash? Being an American, you may find after reading this book, your definition of “happiness” no longer suits you. The book contains his insight into happiness for Dutch, Swiss, Bhutan, Qatar, Islandia, Moldova, Thailand, Great Britain, India, and American. Especially Jan Morris. I like to think of it as a philosophical humorous travel memoir. It takes a chapter or two to decide you like him, and another to realize that you like him a lot, but by the time the trip is over, you find yourself hoping that you’ll hit the road together again someday. This is Eric Weiner, who’s infinitely less annoying . This isn’t running away from your problems but simply recognizing that where we are affects who we are. No, except in Qatar, and that was done purely for research purposes (I swear). Is this a travel book? Some people acquire the travel bug. There’s only one problem: It’s not true. Unable to add item to List. What if you lived in a country where excessive thinking is discouraged? . The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner 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. Or, to be more precise, the line between out there and in here is not as sharply defined as we think. Originally, Ball’s creation was designed to cheer up people who worked at, of all places, an insurance company, but it has since become synonymous with the frothy, quintessentially American brand of happiness. For most of human history, I would have been considered normal. I also love data and research. So it’s a book about happy people? Journalists are a sullen lot, perhaps understandably so, given the misery we’re exposed to on a regular basis. Not surprisingly, they are writers who combine these two elements: place and ideas. For years, I was a foreign correspondent for NPR, a job that entailed traveling to the world’s least happy countries, identifying the least happy people in these countries and then spending a lot of time hanging out with them. Please try your request again later. When my editor and I sat down to write the subtitle, we considered a lot of words to describe me: curmudgeon, malcontent, crank. I logged tens of thousands of miles. If you like to travel you will love this book, Eric does a fantastic job combining the science you can read about with the human experience you can only get from being there. I love travel, love happiness, but am not much of a self-help person. In his 2008 nonfiction book, The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner travels the world in search of happiness. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World is the New York Times-bestselling humorous travel memoir by longtime National Public Radio foreign correspondent Eric Weiner. It is all of those things, and more. Using the ancient philosophers and the much more recent “science of happiness” as my guide, I travel the world in search of the happiest places and what we can learn from them. Yes and no. And that is one of the great shortcomings of the “self-help industrial complex.” We’re told, again and again, to look inward when much of our happiness depends on our environment. From the Persian Gulf to the Arctic Circle, Weiner discovers that happiness blooms where we least expect it. So, what’s your conclusion? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2017. You will do the same when you read it. It gives glances into cultures and ideas that many may not experience. As the author Eric Hoffer put it, “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” That’s okay. It resurfaced after college with renewed fury. In 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. It defies categorization. Is America a happy place? 12 likes. I was ready for adventure. O M G: did not have that good a laugh in reading for a long time. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. In fact, it is, statistically, the least happy country in the world. But it’s really a travelogue of ideas, and it is these ideas—about happiness, about the good life—that inform the book as much as the physical places themselves. ‎ Part travel memoir, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader across the globe to investigate not what happiness is, but WHERE it is. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Yes, but not a typical one. I like to think of it as a philosophical humorous travel memoir. On of my favorites is the Thai notion of “mai pen lai.” It means basically, just let it go. It is hilarious. Thought provoking for those who are seeking and those who have found bliss, Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2017. The Geography of Bliss is a tough book to nail down. ", Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2016. The Geography of Bliss is a tough book to nail down. Such a great exploration into happiness, what it is and how we seek/achieve it in our unique ways across the globe. Mr. Weiner starts out his journey by going to the Netherlands, home of the World Data Base of Happiness where he meets Ruut Veenhoven, Professor of happiness. It matters more than we think. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. With two small kids at home I missed traveling, and thought this would be a nice book to read in my down-time. Full of inspired moments, The Geography of Bliss accomplishes a feat few travel books dare and even fewer achieve: to make you happier. The relationship between place and contentment is an ineffable one, and Weiner cuts through the fog with a big, powerful light. He happens to visit a country I'm well familiar with because of my being born and growing up there, and I can tell you, Eric Weiner totally cracks me up, and if you read between the lines, gets it right at the same time, somehow ! I have some hunches, but I’m afraid you’ll have to read the book to find out. They tug at heartstrings and inspire pathos. Until the eighteenth century, people believed that biblical paradise, the Garden of Eden, was a real place. Are you less grumpy? Why did you go to Moldova? I guess this book made me insane cause I smiled and laughed a lot while I read it. Ball’s cheery icon never worked its magic on me. Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2019. 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.” By “where,” I’m speaking not only of our physical environment but also of our cultural environment. I really liked this book but buyer beware: I’d give it 4 stars if you want a book only about what makes people happy. It’s in the Netherlands. Paul Theroux, P.J. It is social, and it is cultural. In the book the geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, the author Weiner travels to ten different countries around the world to find out about the source of happiness of each country. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 335 pages and is available in Paperback format. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Brilliant book - often makes me laugh out loud! The Geography of Bliss (2008) asks which nations are the happiest on Earth, and what it is about these countries that makes their citizens so joyful. In my quest for the world’s happiest places, I eat rotten Icelandic shark, smoke Moroccan hashish and intervene to save (almost) an insect in distress. By “place” I mean physical place, yes, but also cultural place. The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers, The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World's Most Creative Places, The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine, The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want, The Alchemist, 25th Anniversary: A Fable About Following Your Dream. You don’t have to solve every problem right now. When researching this book, how did you travel? Yes and yes. In the book, “The Geography of Bliss”, author Eric Weiner travels to Switzerland and discovers that the Swiss have a narrow band of emotions. Why can’t airlines serve a decent meal? What if, I wondered, I spent a year traveling the globe, seeking out not the world’s well-trodden trouble spots but, rather, its unheralded happy places? I travel to Switzerland, where I discover the hidden virtues of boredom; to the tiny-and extremely wealthy-Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, where the relationship between money and happiness is laid bare; to India, where Westerners seek their bliss at the feet of gurus; to Thailand, where not thinking is a way of life; to a small town outside London where happiness experts attempt to “change the psychological climate.”  I am no dispassionate observer. Yet we Americans, I think, believe deeply in this connection between place and happiness. I often give up on books, so this was a rarity that I stick with it and enjoyed looking forward to coming back to the next chapter. . Unorthodox approach to define happiness, both humorous and thought-provoking, Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2013. I’m not sure. Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? I’m already unhappy. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Edgar Ceja Essay chapter 2 In the book the geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, the author Weiner travels to ten different countries around the world to find out about the source of happiness of each country. Why did you decide to write this book? You will find no easy answers in these pages. The Swiss don’t have a sense of humor, but they enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking in the Alps. Yes, because I do travel to some ten counties. Absolutely loved this book, it made me fall in love with non-fiction and also inspired me to travel to Bhutan. It is deep. And so, like many others, I’ve worked at it. The Geography of Bliss is no smiley-face emoticon, it’s a Winslow Homer.” -Henry Alford, author of Municipal Bondage and Big Kiss. Because they think they’ll be happier someplace else. 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