Paradise Found?

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

As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of travel books. Nor do I like gimmick books (where the author seeks out experiences expressly so s/he can write about them). But Eric Weiner has pulled it off. Beautifully. This book is both funny and thought-provoking; Weiner’s tone is light, but his observations can be serious. He travels to various countries to assess why their people are happy or unhappy – with some surprising discoveries. He compares rich countries with poor, and ice-cold-freezing countries to those in warm regions. An interesting exercise while reading the book: see if you can figure out where you would fit in best and find the greatest happiness.