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From the best-selling author of The Year of Living Danishly, an entertaining, reassuring and useful trip around the world, discovering the secrets of happiness from 30 countries.

A round the world trip through 33 international happiness concepts, from the best-selling author of The Year of Living Danishly, Helen Russell. 

  • Feeling terrified of that upcoming job interview? Take inspiration from the Icelanders and get some Þetta reddast, the unwavering belief that everything will work out in the end.
  • Lost your way in life? Make like the Chinese and find your xingfu, or the thing that gives you real purpose. 
  • Too much on your plate? The Italians can help you learn the fine art of dolce far niente, aka the sweetness of doing nothing at all.
  • Overwhelmed by busyness and disconnected from nature? The Swedish have a solution - just find your smultronställe, or 'wild strawberry patch', your perfect escape from the rest of the world. 

From Australia to Wales, via Bhutan, Ireland, Finland, Turkey, Syria, Japan, and many more besides, The Atlas of Happiness uncovers the global secrets to happiness, and how they can change our lives. 

©2018 Helen Russell (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Funny, interesting and uplifting

I found this book and the narrator very easy to listen to, gently funny with some laugh out loud moments but most importantly it left me with a smile upon listening. Worth getting.

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Nice concept but...

The concept is very interesting, as well as the information provided in the book. Too bad that I read in some reviews from native (entar nationality here) that the information isn't that accurate. Also, the author tried to give a funny tone to the book but she fails, at least when listening to the book. Maybe this kind of humour serves the written book better. It was a bit tiring to listen to the same phrase over and over again, "because... England... Because... France" as well as "a friend of a friend". Last but not least, I believe that some effort should have been put into learning the correct pronunciation before narrating the book. Words and names were completely mispronounced.

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  • 12-03-21

Cheerful read wolfed down in 2 days!

Really lovely, uplifting read that’s so easy to tap in and out of, made a good audiobook but would be great to have as a paperback for musing through too.

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  • 06-07-20

Absolutely wonderful

Such a wonderful book, so uplifting, interesting and easy to listen to/ read. I like it so much that I want to listen to it again, just to go over the concepts. I also want to pass it on to friends as a gift. I liked Helen Russell’s ‘A year of living Danishly’ very much and this book is even more refreshing.

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Rushed money spinner - waste of time & money

No real research - just outdated & offensive stereotypes, clichés, cultural insensitivities & outright bias. Every section is 'my friend says this...' without any substance or factual basis. I'm sure the Uyger & Chi Gong followers may disagree with the bs about Chinese happiness. Save your time & money.

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I love this collection of books

Interesting insights into the world. Like listening to a glass of wine. Relaxing and mood enhancing.