A Book Review of The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
What The Geography Of Bliss Is All About…
The author of this book is concerned with one thing, finding out what makes people happy. He is a self-admitted grump and wants to find out if this characteristic has something to do with where he lives. Maybe there are happier places to live, he considers.
The book is a nice overview of many places he ends up traveling to on this self-discovery quest. Of course, the summaries of each place end up being somewhat generalizing, as he only has so much time to talk about each place. However, he is able to identify that many factors affect how happy the people of a particular place are: the history of the place, the mindsets of the citizens, the cultural traditions.
Discoveries In Iceland And Moldova
Two places that stood out for me were Iceland and Moldova. Iceland is statistically one of the happier places and Moldova one of the least happy places. Even though Iceland is a country, it seems to have the communal atmosphere of a small town, probably because it is an island. This may not be the only factor however, since the author is able to identify a strong sense of cultural pride and encouragement among the people of Iceland. Moldova on the other hand, is a place where the people seem locked in a cycle of just getting by. There is not a lot of positivity or hope for the future, and the author examines a few situations to shed some light on why this is.
Did the author find Bliss? You’ll have to decide. This book has a nice blend of personal anecdotes and humor as the author travels the world in search of the key to happiness. For those who love to travel and learn about new places and the people who live there, this is an enjoyable read. This book is definitely recommended for all the Grumps out there who feel like there is something more that life can offer, and perhaps you can find it by reaching beyond the familiar and embracing the mindset of an explorer.
Read It or Leave It?
READ IT! Preferably on a plane on the way to Iceland. Zoom.
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