The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Eric Weiner

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Twelve
Published in: United States
Published: January 2009

Fortified with Eeyoreish fatalism—I’m already unhappy. I have nothing to lose—self-confessed grump Eric “Whiner” took a yearlong tour of a very unusual assortment of countries (sample: Holland, Qatar, Bhutan and Iceland), most of which have been chosen because they are home to some of the happiest resident populations in the world, (although a couple are chosen to present a contrast). Weiner is confronted with a few inconvenient truths. Contrary to expectations, neither greater social equality nor greater cultural diversity is associated with greater happiness. In the end, he realized happiness isn’t about economics or geography. Maybe it’s not even personal so much as relational. There are some interesting conclusions drawn about what does and doesn’t make for happiness, about the importance of democracy and wealth (so revered in the US) and how they are part of the answer but far from being the solution.
In the end, Weiner’s travel tales provide great happiness for his readers. Weiner has a lovely turn of phrase (reminiscent of Bill Bryson) and although The Geography of Bliss wasn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as I expected (more dryly amusing), it is both immensely readable and packed to the gills with fascinating nuggets of information.

If you’re looking for a definitive answer to the book’s premise, i.e., that happiness is about place, you might be disappointed. If, however, you are game for a journey about exploring that concept, Eric Weiner’s book is for you. At once intelligent and witty, Geography of Bliss takes the reader to unfamiliar places to meet strangely familiar people. That’s because the essence of what makes us happy (or unhappy) is basically the same everywhere, alloyed only by our culture and circumstances. Weiner has studied the scientific literature on happiness, too, and weaves it into his narrative, which he leavens with a steady stream of clever quips. It’s a book that will make you think and laugh on the same page. And, it might just make you happy.

The book can teach Americans some valuable lessons and I recommend it big time.
It takes a chapter or two to decide you like him, and another to realize that you like him a lot, but by the time the trip is over, you find yourself hoping that you’ll hit the road together again someday. The Geography of Bliss is a journey too good to be rare.

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Four Natural Parenting Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sanity

Are you into “natural parenting”? Do you parent according to the principles of “attachment parenting”? Regardless of your label of choice, deciding to embark on a non-mainstream parenting lifestyle means making yourself vulnerable to all of its one hundred and one challenges.

When you choose to use cloth diapers, co-workers will call you “strange.”

When your two-and-a-half year old son is still nursing, your dentist will refer to it as “bad.”

Forbid your child to eat candy, and your neighbor may accuse you of “taking away her childhood.”

When your four-year-old is still sleeping with you and your spouse, friends will tell you that “it’s going to ruin your marriage.”

I have not been a “natural parent” for very long; just a little under three years as I write this. But in that short space of time, I have learned some important lessons that I would like to pass on to anyone who feels at all overwhelmed by trying to do the natural parenting thing “right.”

With that in mind, here are four natural parenting tips that will help you to maintain your sanity.

What is the #1 secret to being happy?

We often try to make it complicated, but it’s really very simple…and the secret is captured in this beautiful 3 minute movie.

Just click here to watch. And if you like it, share it with everyone you know. It’ll make the world a better place!

Prem Rawat / Maharaji – UNO address

In United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

Prem Rawat speaks with simplicity about our innate need for happiness. He inspires people around the world to look within themselves for a lasting source of peace and contentment.
“The peace we are looking for is within,” he says. “It is in the heart, waiting to be felt, and I can help you get in touch with it.” Prem Rawat’s message is more than just words. He offers individuals a practical way to enjoy peace, freedom and fullfillment within themselves. This experience of peace within is independent of lifestyle, philosophy or belief.

7 Secrets to Happiness

Without exception, this is the most realistic and effective
way ?I’ve seen to actually multiply your happiness…

[7 Secrets To Happiness]

I mean, have you actually noticed how many people
are just? stumbling through life in haze of
chronic UNhappiness?
We all know Bobby McFerrin’s song right? Don’t
worry, be happy.?Well sometimes it takes a lot
more than a cheery tune “to get there.
Now it could be you already think you’re pretty happy.

OK, great. But how goes it with meeting ANY goal you
would like to achieve?

You see, my colleague Natalie Ledwell has figured out
something? pretty darned powerful.

It all came together for her after when she finally?
accomplished two of her biggest personal goals…the first
being the successful? launch of Mind Movies to the world
and the second to peel of 20 pounds of fat?in just seven weeks.

The cool thing is, while for her it was a business and
a “weighty issue”–her step by?step approach works for
anything you want to achieve.

For you it might be breaking a bad habit, making a bigger
income, moving into a nicer home–really just
anything you sincerely want to accomplish.

Natalie soon realized there was an essential process
that combined both ?the law of attraction, your
goals, AND the necessary action steps? needed to
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But there was one other huge benefit of Natalie’s
process–she quickly? noticed she felt incredibly
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I think you might agree, this can only be a GOOD thing
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Her program … just? makes sense.

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Actually, to have a “double whammy” of benefit
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You feel happier and just better about life very quickly…
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What could be better than that?
If I were you, I’d be all over this today. Not only will you
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It’s been fun talking to you–but right now its time for you?
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All the best,


P.S. You may recognize Natalie Ledwell as part of the
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movies you create to?power up your manifesting abilities.

They are AWESOME! And I? just happen to know Natalie
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Thought for the Day

“Let us not bankrupt our todays by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and by borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow.” – Ralph W. Sockman

Practise being like a child

by Jim Rohn

Remember the master teacher once said 2000 years ago, “Unless you can become like little children, your chances are zero; you haven’t got a prayer.” A major consideration for adults. Be like children and remember there are four ways to be more like a child no matter how old you get…

Read on …

Optimism Increases Productivity

How am I going to get through all this work?
I don’t know what will happen if I fail?
What happens if we don’t meet the sales budget?
I hope that I don’t get sick!

If this is a familiar train of thought then you are in trouble!

Pessimism has been found to not only increase stress, but also increases incidence of illness & absenteeism, tiredness, slower recovery from surgery, low self esteem, and causes the under use of abilities.

You simply cannot afford to ‘put up’ with a bad mood, having a miserable day, or negative colleagues. Pessimism will drain both your productivity and quality of life.

…yet, surely a little bit of healthy scepticism isn’t really that bad?

No, it’s not.

However, being pessimistic is not the same as being cynical.
Cynics simply don’t trust what they hear – however, they may be very happy and hard working people. Pessimists see themselves, and life, from a negative, bitter viewpoint – often making them feel stuck, or even helpless – feeling that their situation will never change and that they will not be able to bounce back.

The very nature of pessimism cripples your ability to become
resilient and bounce back from stress, pressure or burnout

The Mayo Clinic investigators believe that pessimism and depression are likely to be risk factors for dementia.

So, how to ‘fix’ pessimism? … Read more

The How of Happiness

If you needed proof, that you can change your personal capacity for happiness then this is it. Research psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky’s pioneering concept of the 40% solution shows you how.

The How of Happiness is a different kind of happiness book, one that offers a comprehensive guide to understanding what happiness is, and isn’t, and what can be done to bring us all closer to the happy life we envision for ourselves.
howofhappinessThe How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

by Sonja Lyubomirsky


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When more is not enough – just for fun

Balanced living means that more than ever the demands on our lifestyle compel us to Aspire, Achieve, and Attain!  But sometimes we need a little help in getting what we want.