Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

This book's full title is The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I did the other one by Eric Weiner of the Geography of Genius. Again this book is more of a travelogue than anything else. I find Eric Weiner a very entertaining writer.

I find the Nordic countries interesting and in this book I learned more about life in Iceland. Interestingly he talks about both Icelanders and Moldovans both drink "like fish", but Icelanders are happy and the Moldovans are not.

It is also interesting that an East Asian Happiness Gap and this demonstrates that countries emphasizing societal obligations over individual contentment report lower levels of happiness. There is also a Latin bonus because Latin American nations are happier than expected. It is thought that this is partly because of the Latino focus on family.

There are a few good reviews on Amazon if you scroll down the page. Not everyone is happy with his approach. There are also some good reviews at Good Reads. Again not everyone appreciates Eric Weiner's writing. Perhaps they had too high of expectations. David Newnham gives it a good review on The Guardian.

Eric Weiner is a keynote speaker at Happiness 2012 conference in Seattle. He talks about his book The Geography of Bliss's subject. It is around 45 minutes. In this next video the chapter on Moldovans is read. There is a short interview of Eric Weiner.

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