The Geography of Bliss

Written by: Eric Weiner

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In “The Geography of Bliss,” Eric Weiner, a former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, embarks on an unconventional journey to uncover the secrets of happiness. Weary of covering catastrophes and seeking a fresh perspective, Weiner sets out to explore some of the world’s most contented places, guided by ancient philosophers and modern happiness science.

From the serene landscapes of Iceland to the bustling streets of Bhutan, where Gross National Happiness is a national priority, Weiner immerses himself in diverse cultures and traditions. He delves into the hidden virtues of boredom in Switzerland, examines the complex relationship between money and happiness in the wealthy nation of Qatar, and seeks enlightenment at the feet of gurus in India. Along the way, he encounters fascinating individuals and participates in unique experiences, from sampling rotten Icelandic shark to intervening in the life of an insect in distress.

“The Geography of Bliss” is more than a typical travel book; it is a thought-provoking exploration of the essential ingredients for a fulfilling life. Weiner’s journey raises compelling questions about the influence of our surroundings on our well-being and challenges readers to reconsider their understanding of happiness. Through his witty and insightful observations, Weiner reveals that the pursuit of happiness is a universal quest, and that wisdom can be found in the most unexpected places.

This book offers no simple answers or quick fixes, but rather an invitation to contemplate the complexities of the human experience. Weiner’s engaging storytelling and philosophical musings make “The Geography of Bliss” a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the world and their place within it. Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and entertained as you join Eric Weiner on his extraordinary journey to uncover the true meaning of happiness.

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