The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the listener 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.



  • I was super stoked to give this book a listen. I'm all about those books that delve into the secrets of happiness and finding it in unexpected places. However, I have to say, this book turned out to be a major letdown. Eric Weiner definitely has a way with words and I did appreciate his vivid portrayals of the countries he explored. But, truth be told, I had to bail on this one because I simply couldn't handle his offensive language and inappropriate subjects.
  • I was really stoked for this book because I'm super into positive psychology. However, I wasn't down with the fact that the author presented the information with this grumpy attitude that reminded me of NPR... ugh. Just a heads up, the title does have the word "grump" in it!