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Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World | Eric Weiner
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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." The 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 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? 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.
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readtheworld
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Pickpick

I read this in print years ago, and just decided to revisit it on audio. Was looking for a light listen for a stressful week and this definitely fit the bill!

#audio #nonfiction #travel #happiness

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Librarybelle
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I read this one ages ago and liked it - Weinee, a self-proclaimed grump, decides to take a trek around the world and discover the happiest places. He muses on his findings, as well as discovers practices to make life more blissful. #EverybodysHappyNowadays #RedRoseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Oh this sounds great #stacked 5mo
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erinjohns
Mehso-so

An interesting take on how other countries view Happy and Happiness. It felt more like a research study than a journey about a grumpy guy.

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LeftyDv
Pickpick

Does where we live impact our happiness? This quick read thinks so, with a few caveats along the way. Highly recommended!

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Amiable
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Mehso-so

The writer's account of a year spent traveling the globe, looking for the "unheralded happy places" in an attempt to understand and define what happiness means to each of us. A pleasant-enough read. 3 stars

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N8ure
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The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊🌸 2y
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karenna
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Mehso-so

Although author's humor and cultural generalizations did not always work for me, the book does provide some interesting ideas about how to increase happiness, both personal and societal.

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Ke633
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Book and nature : #EarthDay I have a lot of books and a lot of nature in my house. 😉
#AprilBookishMadness
@maich
Also a lot of blues and greens!! 😊
#AprilinBooks18
@bookisglee
#green #blue

Cinfhen Lovely photo😍 2y
BiblioLitten I love your photographs!!💜 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego collects globes too, right? 2y
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Morr_Books
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Pickpick

I thought this was a good mix of self-help (finding happiness) and travel rolled into one book. Also, I thought the author had quite a few humorous statements throughout that kept things fun and exciting. 4.5/5

RebelReader I loved this book! You are exactly right about the self help/travel aspects. 2y
Kaye Good book 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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#joyfulbookgiveaway

Congratulations to @Christine11 on your milestone!! You guys are all so inspiring!!

This book brings me joy, because it's about "one grump's search for the happiest places in the world." Travel and books, my two loves!

Christine11 Thanks for entering - this book looks great 😊 2y
Kaye This was so good. I‘m always excited to find another NF reader here. 😁 2y
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howjessreads
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Pickpick

A great blend of light psychology and travelogue. #jesshowreads2018

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howjessreads
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“The Soviet Union did for architecture what Burger King did for gourmet food.” 😂😂

MallenNC I read this several years ago. I remember liking it, but not a lot of details, so maybe I should read it again, 2y
howjessreads @MallenNC It‘s nothing groundbreaking, I can see why you‘d forget details, but it sure is fun! 2y
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howjessreads
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Audiobook + book shirt + stocking books. Living the #booknerd dream. 😂

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readtheworld
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I‘ve spent most of my #24in48 weekend packing for our upcoming move — my bookshelves are now empty. But I‘ve gotten in a lot of audiobook listening!

emilyhaldi Oh man, that's rough! Good luck with your move!!! 2y
LiteraryinLititz When is the move? You look very prepared! 2y
readtheworld @emilyhaldi @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! We move on Saturday. 2y
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bookworm.krizia
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Mehso-so

This is a great travel and self-help book. I don't know if its classified as a self-help book but it definitely helped me to be happier :). It is an inspiring, funny, quirky and happy read. I don't believe that Eric Weiner is a grump, he's actually very funny. However, some essays are a bit boring (Great Britain!) and some essays seem hurried (Great Britain!). I would also love pictures. Pictures make happy! :)

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UwannaPublishme
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Pickpick

Travel memoirs are few in my reading world, but this one swept me away from the start. What fun to tag along to such remote countries as Iceland, Bhutan and Qatar to uncover why residents are so deliriously happy living there...or are they? 😊The author's delightful candor and his quest to learn what makes us happy kept me smiling and enthralled. #readharder #LitsyAtoZ #LetterG @BookishMarginalia

Merethebookgal Iceland is amazing! I visited back in Nov 2013 and I can't wait to go back in the summertime someday. Definitely go if you ever get the chance 😃 3y
UwannaPublishme @Merethebookgal Wow! I didn't realize you were such a world traveler. How cool! It does sound like a fascinating place to visit. 3y
Merethebookgal @UwannaPublishme Well, outside of the U.S. I've only visited Iceland, England (specifically London), and a couple of islands in the Caribbean, so my lists of places to visit is still very long 😁 but I'm hoping to check off more places in the near future! So many amazing places in the world to see! 3y
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MallenNC
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Here's a fun pick for #HappyReads for #MarchIntoReading. In this, an NPR reporter visits countries in the world that are known as happy countries for various reasons, and he attempts to determine if what makes them happy can be transferred to other places.

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ThePallaviMohan
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Beckys_Books I'm in awe of your nails! 💅 3y
ThePallaviMohan Thanks Becky! 3y
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ThePallaviMohan
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Hot lemon tea, peanut butter toast and a delicious new book to spend the evening with.

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Reading_E
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Uh oh. I hope this does not prove true given current political ongoings.

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Reading_E
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And I'm moving to NYC this summer!😱😂

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Reading_E
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Even dogs can raise their eyebrows! #dogsoflitsy Banzai is a sceptic but #allisnotlost

britt_brooke Banzai is so darn cute!! 💚💚💚 3y
Reading_E @britt_brooke and he knows it too 😉 3y
Louise Oh, Banzai is utterly adorable! ❤🐾 3y
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Reading_E
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Danger, danger! 😂

Soubhiville 😂😂😂. Like what, artichokes? 3y
LauraBeth Those are the gateway veggies 3y
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Amiable
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"You come home because this is where you live."

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Amiable
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The "books-to-shoes" ratio in my house would indicate that I should probably be living in Iceland.

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Reading_E
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LukkiAnn 😹 3y
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Amiable
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Reading_E
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I completely agree. Starbucks does not compare.

LukkiAnn And the most greatest books have been written in these cafes ☝🏻️ 3y
MyNamesParadise When I was in Europe I loved that sense of lingering and feeling comfortable. In America it's rush rush rush and I find it irritating so I like going at off times if I can 3y
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LauraBeth
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When you realize that today is the last day of winter break and everyone goes back to school and work tomorrow (and I can go back to regularly scheduled reading 😀). This is happiness!

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I go back to work Monday (and trust me, I'm not looking like that!) 3y
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jessdean 😂 My kids don't go back til the 9th😳 3y
vivastory Haha 🎊 👏 🍷 🍻 📚 3y
Cortg I feel the same way! 3y
LauraBeth @BookishMarginalia you have four more days to read! Enjoy 😀📚 3y
LauraBeth @jessdean you're almost there - only four more days left to not kill anyone 😂 3y
LauraBeth @CherylDeFranceschi, @Jenshootsweddings, @vivastory, @Cortg I think they were just as eager to leave me this morning 😂 3y
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Leelee08
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Pickpick

Today's #photoadaynov16, I love this book that is partially set in Eastern Europe. Wiener travels all over the world in the search to find the happiest places on Earth, and his search leads him to Moldova. This is probably my favorite travel memoir of all time, and I can't recommend it enough! 📚❤️🌏✈️#setineasterneurope

ReadingEnvy This is the book that started my obsession with Iceland. I have given away at least five copies of this! 3y
Leelee08 @ReadingEnvy I definitely agree! I hadn't read much about Iceland before but after this book, I fell in love! 😍 3y
teainthelibrary Such a good book! 3y
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Somebody wants to play and not let me read. ❤️ #dogsoflitsy

CherylDeFranceschi What a cute face! 3y
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Amandajoy
Pickpick

This was an interesting look at what makes people happy around the world. It shows that there is more than one path to happiness. If you like books on happiness, this is a good one to add to your TBR.

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Amandajoy
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What goes with a best with a book in the morning? Coffee of course! Happy National Coffee Day! ☕️📚

Bookish_B Have that mug too! 👍🏼💗 3y
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Amandajoy
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I can get behind this.

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Amandajoy
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When I moved into my new place last month the first thing I did was buy this beautiful rocker so I could read outside. It's the best place to be in the mornings with my book & a cup of tea. #somethingforsept #readingoutside

Mamashep I love that color! 3y
Amandajoy @Mamashep Me too! It was made by a local craftsman & when he was painting the turquoise table a breeze kicked up, so my yellow chair has turquoise spatters which makes me love it more! 3y
britt_brooke Awesome chair! 3y
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Amandajoy
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Decided I needed a little light nonfiction this evening.

DebinHawaii A friend gave me this book a while back but I have not gotten around to reading it. Can't wait to see what you think! 😀👍 3y
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readtheworld
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"Today, though, not only is happiness considered possible for anyone to attain, it is expected. Thus I, and millions of others, suffer from the uniquely modern malady that historian Darrin McMahon calls 'the unhappiness of not being happy.' It is no fun at all."

Read more: http://bit.ly/2c6u9gy

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Leelee08
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This book is awesome. It follows a reporter as he travels the world in search of the happiest places. Part science, part travel memoir, part humor....it's one of my absolute faves. This book alone is responsible for my wanting to see Iceland and Bhutan, and leaves you feeling happy inside. 🤓🌍

MrBook Love that image! Great review 😊. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 That quote is so good !!! 3y
UwannaPublishme Have you read: "Married to Bhutan" by Linda Leaming? It's one of my all time faves. 3y
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Merethebookgal Iceland is amazing and beautiful and a lot of fun! I went there in Nov 2013 and can't wait to go back sometime in the summer! 3y
ReadingEnvy Yessss this is where I started wanting to go to Iceland too! 🙋 3y
Leelee08 @MrBook Thank you!🤓 3y
Leelee08 @JanuarieTimewalker13 I love it too! I think it really fits us Litsy users! 3y
Leelee08 @UwannaPublishme Oooh I haven't, but it's going on my TBR list!! Thank you!😊 3y
Leelee08 @Merethebookgal @ReadingEnvy I'm so excited about Iceland. I can't wait to go there one day....definitely on the bucket list!🌍🙂 3y
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GeoNerd
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Using personal experience and happiness studies the author examines the traits that make for a happy or unhappy country