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NPR correspondent Eric Weiner has covered a lot of tragedies and human suffering around the world, and on the way, he became fascinated with how people experience happiness. He went in search of researchers who are attempting to quantify happiness - and map it around the world. Do rich nations necessarily produce happier citizens? Are countries wracked by poverty also mired in unhappiness? Today on Where We Live, we'll talk with Weiner about his new book,The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiness.
We'll find out what makes people happy around the world and why this self-described "grump" would go on such a search.
We'll also talk about Gross National Happiness. The third annual International Conference on Gross National Happiness takes place this week in Bhutan. Is it a way to replace the Gross National Product?
Portions of today's show aired on February 8th, 2008.
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