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The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

Is happiness measurable, and if it is, are there certain cultures that are happier than others?  It seems the logical way to the answers is to take the world tour and find out, which the author does with great humor.  He first visits the World Database of Happiness, a think-tank of good will pondering in Holland and partakes of the joys of Rotterdam (the word “Moroccan” will never mean the same to me again) and then visits even more far-flung locales to test their happiness quotient. 

Go along with him to Iceland, Switzerland, Bhutan, and other points global and get some surprising insights on what constitutes true happiness.  Meet gurus, housewives, innkeepers, and others who straddle the happy spectrum.  Don’t think it unlikely that you find yourself laughing out loud at certain points of this book, in which the author sounds akin to a gently snarky Bill Bryson. 

Follow your own Geography of Bliss

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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