Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, this book takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness. Using a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor, this book investigates not what happiness is, but where it is. Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy? With engaging wit and surprising insights, Weiner answers these questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.
Eric Weiner is author of the New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss, which has been translated into eighteen languages. A former correspondent for NPR and the New York Times, Weiner has reported from more than three dozen countries. His work has appeared in the "New Republic," "Slate," Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, "Foreign Policy," "The New York Times Magazine," and the anthology "Best American Travel Writing." He divides his time between Starbucks and Caribou.