Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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

Final Book Discussion Post

I think the best way to sum up the book and the search for happiness is to use some quotes from Weiner's final chapter:

"Tolstoy turned on his head. All miserable countries are alike; happy ones are happy in their own way." (p.322)

"Yes, we want to be happy but for the right reasons, and, ultimately, most of us would choose a rich but meaningful life over an empty, happy one, if such a thing is even possible." (p.323)

The search for happiness is complicated and ongoing. We make our own happiness. For some, the search is the best part of happiness. While we are all now living in "interesting times" I hope Weiner's happy countries can, someday, once again be happy.

This ends the discussion of The Geography of Bliss.

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