Fin: ‘The Geography of Bliss’

The Geography of Bliss
by Eric Weiner

  • Date finished: Jan. 3, 2012
  • Genre: Travel, sociology
  • Year: 2008
  • Project: n/a
  • Reading List: Winter 2011-12
  • Got it: I really can’t remember, but I’m sure it was for cheap.
  • Quick thoughts upon finishing: You know, I put off reading The Geography of Bliss for the longest time, but now that I’m done, I can’t imagine why. This. Book. Was. Awesome. Eric Weiner — foreign correspondent for NPR, mope extraordinaire — journeys to the world’s happiest (and least happiest) places, trying to figure out WHY these people from Thailand, or Iceland, or Switzerland are so damn happy. Along the way, he discovers and discusses what makes people happy, what we need more and less of in our daily lives, all the while debating whether a sense of *place* is necessary to bliss. Weiner is absolutely hilarious and his writing immensely engaging; so much so I didn’t want to put this book down — kinda strange for a nonfiction, travel book (for me anyway). The Geography of Bliss may be another book to chalk up to the pop psychology/sociology/science genre, but I loved it and I felt infinitely smarter/more worldly after reading it. Dare I say it — I felt happier? There aren’t many books in which this is the case, but I would recommend this book to everyone.
  • Grade: A
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