I first heard of this book when my mentor-priest back when I was still having my master’s course talked about this in our research class, how the author went around the world finding the happiest place on Earth, talking and emerging himself with the locals to try to understand, to try to get the gist of what it’s like to be happy.
OK, I won’t talk about the research methodology, the academic perspective of how this book came, and of what methodology the researchers used to measure happiness? Or can happiness be really measured? I’ll leave that at at the four corners of our classroom. But rather talk about this paperback plain and simple.
It’s been a while since I read a book where I spit my coffee on it, dropped my muffin crumble on it, write on it and most of all chuckle like crazy and look around if someone was looking at me. This book just made me do them all without inhibitions. If you want a past time with a smile I suggest you get a copy of this book.
I’ve read a lot of literature about Bhutan and how their King has made Happiness a National Policy, but Eric’s narrative describing this place made me realize, my God I should be moving now and find that Shangri-La everyone has been longing to see and to be;
In Eric’s account he described Bhutan to be … A place of eternal peace where monks meditate, poets muse, and everyone lives impossibly long and satisfying lives. I’ve scanned and I’ve seen quiet a number of documentaries about Bhutan, but it’s only this book that made me settle and say, wow, I can die here.
Another place he visited was Iceland – he described happiness here as failure. In a world where one is always measured not by his or her failures but by his or her success, I’m thinking I should spend the remaining years of my life in Iceland – I care less if I’ll toil for six months in the dark, at least here, I’m free to fail and free to try again.
So far this is my brilliant read this year, a spirit lifter, a witty pastime after following the life of a dying coffee magnate, in that book ‘The Coffee Story’. I recommend you get one for yourself.