I wasn't sure if I would like this book because I am not into negative things. The way this sounded was a little negative. I am also ruined by the quality of Bill Bryson books. However, I started listening to this last night and this is good. It really goes into the psychology of what makes people happy. We all know that people often move in an attempt achieve a geograhical cure. In this book it really explains what has made people happy in the happiest places on earth. After moving hundreds of times in my life, there are places that are better than others, but in the end I can say (as Abraham Lincoln) a person is about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
This past week I listened to this book. After Bill Bryson...it was...just okay. It is worth a once through listen to, but is not a classic or brilliantly written. If you are going to an Island in this area it is worth considering some of what he says. I found that he repeated certain themes too many times and jumped around a bit. At the end he adds a bunch of information about his next book, which made me feel there probably, had heard the better of the next one. However, if you have read all of Bill Bryson then you may not have a lot of choice, so try reading it at least once.