As I approach the publication day of my book (oh, did I forget to mention it? December 29), two things have made me happy.
First, I’m scheduled to go on the Today show on Friday, January 8. Very exciting! I did the Today show for my first book, Power Money Fame Sex (which is sort of the opposite of The Happiness Project). It was such an out-of-body experience that I have absolutely no recollection of talking to Matt Lauer. I’m thrilled to get the chance to talk about my book there. (And it’s still far enough in the future that I don’t feel nervous yet.)
Second, at long last, my book trailer is ready to be seen! It’s hard to believe how much work it takes to do a one-minute video – mostly done by my brilliant video person, Maria Giacchino at My Little Jacket. Check it out:
As always, although I worried about tackling a new thing, working on the trailer ended up being a lot of fun. I spent time with an interesting new person; I learned something about book trailers; I got the chance to exercise my creativity in a different way. Novelty and challenge are, well, challenging, but in the end, they lead to happiness.
Or if it inspires you to start your own happiness project, you can sign up to join the 2010 Happiness Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year.
* My friend Helen Coster published a hilarious piece in McSweeney’s: A former investment banker analyst falls back on Plan B. I was laughing out loud.