The Geography of Bliss

Eric Weiner, 2008

As a self-described Eeyore, Eric Weiner, takes readers on a journey around the world to some of the scientifically happiest places on Earth to figure out what makes the people there so content.

"The Geography of Bliss" is the intellectual's version of "Eat, Pray, Love"—the lessons are just as fascinating, with the bonus of connections to philosophy, psychology, sociology and politics today.

My copy is filled with underlines and jotted notes. Weiner is a lovable and insightful curmudgeon. If you are curious about what motivates us as humans, or want to sustain happiness, check out this book.