The Geography of Bliss

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

by Eric Weiner

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  • 0446511072
  • 9780446580267
  • 9780446511070
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.

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?

In a unique mix of travel, psychology, science and humor, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.


  • Grand Central Publishing; January 2008
  • ISBN: 9780446511070
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: The Geography of Bliss
  • Author: Eric Weiner
  • Imprint: Twelve
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0446511072
  • 9780446580267
  • 9780446511070

About The Author

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.