The Atlas of Happiness

The Global Secrets of How to Be Happy
Narrated by: Helen Russell
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Atlas of Happiness is a charming and entertaining guide that offers listeners the chance to learn and be inspired by the "untranslatable" beliefs and unique perspectives on how to live a happier life from countries around the world.

Listeners can seek and find happiness in their everyday lives guided by the diverse assortment of advice, history, and philosophies on how to develop and experience special cultural traits like:

  • Sobrenesa from Spain 
  • Turangawaewae from New Zealand  
  • Azart from Russia  
  • Samar from Syria  
  • joie de vivre from Canada  
  • And many more.
©2018 Helen Russell (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Atlas makes my day!

Having listened to The Year of Living Danishly in 2018, while working in my studio, and thoroughly enjoying it, I recently stumbled upon The Atlas of Happiness. Helen references her move to Scandiland. I wonder if I would try out one of these other happiness choices in a more temperate climate. Costa Rica sounds enticing and it would give reasons to become bilingual, at least conversationally. Many visions of travel plans have been sown. Cheers!

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Dreadful

I did not finish this book. I am Canadian and found the Canada section appalling . Horrifyingly bad.

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Wonderful Book to Cheer You!

I listened to this while in covid-19 quarantine. I would have enjoyed it anytime, but especially now it’s great to hear how other cultures embrace life and create happiness and fulfillment. I am going to buy the hardcover as well for further study. This author is witty and keeps it interesting. The first and longest (I believe) chapter was Australia, which I found the least interesting. So if you’re bored on Oz keep reading!

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Good, but not quiet Danishly

I really loved Living Danishly and Leap Year. I hoped the same for this book. it is good but it was more like a random collection of thoughts than a cohesive boom or essay. A chapter to provide the themes from these counties' cultures would have made it a 5 star for me. otherwise it was to typical, delightful Helen Russell book.

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Fun and Informative

Helen Russell is happy! And delivers plenty of information in her Atlas of Happiness. I laughed my way through it and will listen again while I decide whose form of happiness best suits me. A good book for coronavirus lockdown. Well written, chatty and smart.

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A breath of pure joy!

Or, pura vida? I inmensely enjoyed Helen Russell’s new investigation on happpiness! Super interesting how you can familiarize with different cultures through these exquisitely chosen concept words. Amazing job, incredibly fun to listen to, dont miss it!

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Take my Money!!!

This book is SO inspiring & right on track with what I’ve come to expect from Helen Russell. She is amazing! What a bonus to have it narrated by her as well. From now on just assume that when she writes a new book I’m over here throwing my money at it as fast as possible:)