Happiness Project Redux

In October I was a guest on The Katie Show. I was one of three women who was asked to participate in a two-week Happiness Project created just for me by Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. During the two-week project I carried a small videocamera around with me so I could film what I was doing and how I was feeling about what I was doing. It was all hush, hush since I was supposed to appear as a guest on Katie’s show with Gretchen and my fellow Happiness Project compadres to discuss what we’d done. You know, like a Big Reveal.

The day of the show dawned and I was excited. I’d never attended a live (okay, tape-delayed) TV show before so everything was interesting, shiny and new, including  having a chauffeur pick me up and drive me to the studio. I was interviewed on camera by Katie about my project. A video montage flashed on the huge TV screens around the studio showing snippets of what I’d taped during the two-week project. It was cool. It was exciting. Then the taping was over and we were whisked offstage. A short time later my new Happiness Project friends — Karen and Lisa — and I were told the previous guest had run over time so our bits would not be shown on air that day. We were disappointed, but hoped it would see the light of day at some point.  Lisa, Karen and I vowed to remain in touch. And we have.

Well, guess what? Karen found a link to our interviews! Take a look! That’s Lisa who begins the segment, then Karen, then me. If you watch the snippet you’ll find out what my big secret was. And how Gretchen helped me face it down.

What a great memory! We also met Elizabeth on the show; she did a year-long Happiness Project that was remarkable! And I am happy to say that Elizabeth and I are a friends too!

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4 Responses to Happiness Project Redux

  1. Grace Hodgin says:

    Good for you. It is so important to face challenges and conquer them. Sounds like a wonderful book and project.

  2. Wow! That is so exciting. I think I’d be a nervous wreck.

  3. Lisa Tognola says:

    Darlene, way to keep your head above water! 😉 Congratulations. You are an inspiration!

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