Book Review: ‘The Korean Book of Happiness’ by Barbara J. Zitwer

Discover Happiness in the Korean Way with food and culture.


Book Title: The Korean Book of Happiness
Author: Barbara J. Zitwer
Publisher: Short Books
Number of Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1780725758
Date Published: Apr. 20, 2023
Price: INR 423

The Korean Book of Happiness by Barbara J. Zitwer Book Cover

Book Review

The Korean Book of Happiness” by Barbara J. Zitwer, the author and a literary agent, invites the readers to embrace the wisdom and practices of the Korean way, offering invaluable lessons that can enhance your well-being. Whether it’s discovering the resilience to overcome challenges, finding joy in the simplest of moments, or fostering meaningful connections with others, Zitwer’s narrative illuminates the path to a happier and more fulfilled life. The readers get to travel with Barbara as she ventures from the vibrant capital of Seoul to encounters with Buddhist nuns in a serene mountain temple.

Following Zitwer from the bustling hub of Seoul to visiting Buddhist nuns in a mountain temple, from the strange theme park to the tropical island of Jeju, home to haenyeo, the fantastic, older female divers. Along the journey, she entertains us with amusing tales about her cultural gaffes, great travel recommendations and local delicacies, and wonderful moments of understanding and connection.
As the pages flip further, she shares amusing anecdotes of her cultural mishaps, imparts valuable travel tips, divulges local recipes, and recounts magical moments of understanding and connection with the Korean people.

South Korea, a dynamic global powerhouse of culture and industry, holds a deep-rooted devotion to ancient philosophies such as Han, heung, and Jeong. These principles encompass resilience, joy, and the art of giving. Zitwer immerses herself in their essence, discovering how they can bring about a renewed sense of happiness and energy in one’s life.

The Korean Book of Happiness” beckons readers to embark on a captivating cultural exploration, inviting them to discover the beguiling aspects of Korean society. Through Zitwer’s experiences, readers understand how embracing the Korean lifestyle can infuse their lives with greater happiness and fulfillment. The cover image is a swirl of colors reflecting Seoul’s vibrant energy. Splashes of vibrant red indicate passion and life, while bursts of electric blue reflect the city’s modernism and creativity.

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Whether embracing resilience in the face of adversity, finding joy in simple pleasures, or cultivating meaningful connections, this book offers a delightful and enlightening perspective on how Korean culture can enhance one’s well-being.

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