This 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 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.
©2008 Eric Weiner; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
"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)
I enjoyed reading Eric's insightful perspective on several countries I have visited, including Bhutan. I just wish I had read his book before traveling for a different perspective.
In a time where there is so much talk about diversity, understanding how people perceive and pursue happiness is invaluable.
I've listened to this book multiple times and seem to get something new out of it each time. I really appreciate the author's performance of his own work. Highly recommended.
Aim to check out his other book geography of genius. What a thought-provoking ride thank you Mr. Weiner
I can't imagine anything you could read that would shed more insight on what constitutes happiness or the search for it. Author Weiner has done his global homework here. From New Delhi to North Carolina, Weiner searches to find commonalities about what makes us happy. What he finds could possibly make us all, well, happier.
I am a travel enthusiast and professional, as well as a moderately happy person. This book spoke to me in many ways and was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. I highly recommend it for travelers and expats, as well as thoughtful people in general. This is my new favorite book, and the only Audible book I've felt compelled to recommend over and over again.
The writer travels from country to country in search of happiness. There is no easy answer to this difficult question. But the author did a great job in presenting the relatively obscure topic in an entertaining way. It is more like a travelogue , albeit with a quest of happiness, covering countries Bhutan,Switzerland,Qatar,Moldova,UK,India and US. I liked the way he presented the observations of the countries traditions and their quotidian tasks very much. He didn't used a dense prose , it was an easy read like a casual observer and something we can relate to. If you happen to visit some of the countries, then it would be much better, as it helps you to correlate. If you didn't visit any , no problem, experience it vicariously.
Even though, I liked all the chapters, by the end of the book I think the narrator, author himself, seem to go much faster and I was unable to catch up with the speed. So, I ended up reading the book instead of listening to it. It was minor quibble though, as in the whole book he did a great job in narration except the last chapter. On the whole, I enjoyed a lot and I might also read/listen his other books.
I really find interesting the meaning of happiness in a geographic way!
I will consciously look at my life from now on.
and amusing but insightful introduction to countries that I had little knowledge of. Weiner is able to grasp the significance in the insignificant aspects of life.
it says right in the title... a grumpy guide. while I did not mind the husband enjoyed it less then i. he likes things upbeat and nice, so if you are strong in your beliefs enjoy the world and different points of view and how the rest of the world lives you should enjoy this read.
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