Get ready for a treat! The book to read for the the month of July is a book called, "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner. This is a different type of book then any that we have read before, and one that will make for some great discussion! Enjoy!
Meeting at a new location:
We are meeting at a new location-the Marriott in Coronado for our future meetings. The restaurant area is inside or outside and has a beautiful view of the bay, really pretty gardens, good food and waterfalls that make you very relaxed. Should be a fun meeting place. We will sometimes meet outside on the patio and other times inside. We will see which one works better. Who knows maybe some of the months perhaps we can all stay after and take a dip in the pool and hot tub after our get together!
Parking at the Marriott:
There is plenty of parking that is close to the Marriott. Also, they validate for 3 hours for free. To get to the Marriott go over the bridge and take your first right. Continue straight and you will run right into the Marriott.
About the Book:
The book is about a man who travels the world studying "happiness." He tries to understand why some of the people in various cultures report much higher levels of happiness then others do. He tries to understand what the common factors might be, and draws conclusions that are suprising. Even the countries and cultures that report higher happiness levels are suprising!
Question: What part of the country in the US do people report higher levels of happiness? The answer will suprise you.
On a different note, I am sorry I have not been able to be at our meetings the last few months. I miss you guys and our lunches. I hope to be there is July. In the meantime, my best to all of you and I hope you enjoy this book.
More Information on The book
When you get right down to it, we?re all in search of happiness. That may be particularly so of Americans, for whom the ?pursuit of happiness? is an ?unalienable right.? Rather than a metaphoric approach to the search, Eric Weiner took a geographic one. His efforts to try to find where people are happiest is detailed in The Geography of Bliss: One Grump?s Search for the Happiest Places in the World. Weiner blends a variety of approaches, whether it?s the skeptical yet observant eye of a journalist or frequent invocation of humor, some of it self-deprecating.
Part philosophical discourse, Weiner uses the World Database of Happiness (yes, there is such a thing) as the starting point for his search. He visits Amsterdam (home of the World Database) and countries where the level of happiness or contentedness is viewed as being greater than other countries. As these include Switzerland, Bhutan, Qatar and Iceland, it becomes clear that happiness is not determined by climate, per capita income or religion.
Yet Weiner, an NPR correspondent, also believes that to assess what makes people happy, you also have to look at what makes them unhappy. Thus, he also travels to countries low on the happiness scale, such as Moldova, a former Soviet republic, and Great Britain, where Weiner terms happiness a ?work in progress.? (America, the subject of Weiner?s last country-specific chapter, ?is no happiness superpower.?)