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America is known worldwide as the country where we have the right to the "pursuit of happiness." But does that make the U.S. the "happiest place in the world?"
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. It's an elusive idea that means different things to different people.
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, 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.
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