The Geography of Bliss written by Eric Weiner
A book review by Johana
This is actually a nonfictional book. It is also my father’s book. I decided to pick this one for October because it was already tenth month of the year, and I felt like I didn’t enjoy 2021 as much as my previous years. In fact, I didn’t even know why I didn’t enjoy my months, and I thought maybe it wasn’t the year that had a problem, maybe it was just me who forogot how it felt to be happy. In order to save my last two months of 2021, I made my mind to read this book since the book title is “Geography of Bliss”.
I was expecting topics such as “How to make your days happy and What is the definition of happy”. I was anticipating the psychological and philosophical facts of Happiness. Overall, I thought it was a self-development book. I was wrong. Sometimes, it feels good to be wrong because I enjoyed reading this book although it was a little bit boring for me. ( It took me two total weeks to finish the book)
What it is about?
This book is about Eric Weiner, who writes for BBC, travels throughout the world, from richest to poorest country, to search for Happiness. The author didn’t really know why he, himself, was not happy. So, he decided to see which people from which country was happiest in the world, and if he found one, he would go live in that country.
The journey started with Netherlands and ended with America, his home. I hope you know what I mean. After all those years of travelling ten countries, he found his happiness back in his home. Wow, I just spoiled the whole book. But it is only the smallest part of the book. There is actually the philosophical and psychological facts of happiness which are different with different countries. You need to really be aware of those facts while you are reading.
It is a pretty thick book. Nevertheless, I finished the book because I love to learn customs and culture of each country. And behind those cultures and customs lie unknown happiness which the author has carefully noted. The book is also funny, the way the author found weird to some customs but lived like them anyway made me laugh out of the blue while I was reading, and my sister would ask me “is it that funny?”
This book is also like a travelling guide book. It is not hundred-percent true though. It is just that the culture of each country is explained and described in detail wonderfully. At some points of the book, I noted to myself “If I miracally visit one or more of those countries one day, I will surely look out for those cultures and places.” There are ten countries. Please do look at the list of the countries. And if you are going to visit one of them, you should read this book, particularly the country you are visiting.
Facts I learned from the book
Patience will bring you happiness.
Freedom is happiness but careless freedom is a disaster.
People of Switzerland never make the others jealous because jealousy is the downfall of happiness.
Trusting each other will make you happy.
A five-minute thought of death is one way to calm your mind. ( which is true by the way. Whenever I am down, I think about death, and everything inside me calms down, and I become ready for everything including death)
There are many other facts you will learn if you read the book with your soul. I read it like that way, and obviously, it took me longer than I anticipated to finish the book. But, it is worth your time. Read it. Happinees is a wide field of study to look at. Even if you could only finish one country, it is still worth your time.