Eric Weiner is a self avowed grump and a talented foreign corespondent for NPR. He reads of a study about the happiness rating of different countries and sets out across the world to see what what some people and society’s happier than others. The results are often surprising. Challenging set notions about who and what makes us happiness, Weiner is thought provoking, heartfelt, and witty. What does he find? Money matters, but only to a point. It isn’t the warm vacation spots that top the list but cold and dark countries like Iceland and Denmark. And simply throwing democracy into a society doesn’t work. Smart and sharp without a trace of the schmaltz that usually accompanies the word “happiness”, The Geography of Bliss insightful and entertaining. Highly recommended.