- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic; Reprint edition (October 18, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426208189
- ISBN-13: 978-1426208188
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…a book about the happiest regions in the world. [Buettner] also recommends “land-mining your home with photos and memorabilia, so you’re constantly reminded of your history.” Adorning a hallway or a highly trafficked room with sentimental objects is a good way to start.”
“Buettner travels to places…to interview “thrivers,” who report more life enjoyment than most people. He suggests ways that the reader can emulate these cheery folks.”
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“For his 2008 best-seller, The Blue Zones , Dan Buettner searched the world for the truth about longevity. In his new book, Thrive, out Oct. 19, he tackles the topic of happiness. What are the happiest spots on Earth—and what secrets can we glean from them?” –Parade
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Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and author. He founded Blue Zones™, a project of Quest Network, Inc., to research and publicize the world's best practices in health, longevity, and happiness. As a pioneer in exploration and education, he has traveled the world to answer some of science's biggest questions. Buettner's National Geographic cover story on Blue Zones was one of the top-selling covers in the magazine's history and his 2008 book, The Blue Zones, hit The New York Times bestseller list.
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Regardless, I enjoyed reading the book and made a few pages note that reminded me of good quotes. I appreciate the author’s effort.
If I hadn't known one of this places so well I would have probably enjoyed the book a lot, but I really think that the author's experience is very misleading.
I found the book oddly formatted, seemingly designed to maximize page length. For example, the "leading experts" are listed in chapter one, then questions about happiness are asked of each expert. As you might expect, you get some repetition, and since these experts are not writers, you get some fairly banal answers. "The word `happiness' means many things." That's not to say that some of their responses aren't interesting, just that the answers should have been heavily edited and weaved into the narrative, which consists of four separate travelogues in search of happiness.
The travelogue chapters, about 170 pages, are entertaining and worth reading, carrying the reader to four unexpectedly happy places - despite the often repetitious "lessons" at the end of each chapter, and the page-hogging big-font random facts at the bottom of pages. Chapter six "Lessons in Thriving" echoes the previous lessons, but isn't too bad as a sort of checklist for choosing a place to live. A "Special Bonus Chapter" is tacked on, a 25-page excerpt from The Blue Zones.
Three stars. Worth reading, but could have easily been a slim volume about four special happy blue zone places.
Jeffrey Penn May, Author of Where the River Splits, Cynthia and the Blue Cat's Last Meow, and more.
It's also too autobiographic (too much emphasis in describing how the author feels, as if it was a traveling or adventure book) and full of distracting anecdotes, and worst of all, it's very boring and repetitive after you've read a few chapters. Why would you be interested in reading a bunch of short interviews about happiness to semi-random people?
Definitely not worth it, and I'm not a picky guy. In fact, it's the first book I'm returning to Amazon, and I've been a customer for lots of years.