January 24, 2011

A Box of Happiness

A few months ago, I reviewed Tony Hsieh's Delivering Happiness. Today, I received a box with a stylized smiley on it containing, wrapped in pale blue tissue paper:
  • An effusive thank-you note from "Team Delivering Happiness," with my name handwritten in the blank after the "Dear";
  • A hardcover copy of the book with a new jacket featuring a blurb by Seth Godin and touting it as a "#1 New York Times Bestseller" and "#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller," signed on the first page with a blue Sharpie and a smiley by Tony Hsieh;
  • A "2010 Delivering Happiness Bus Tour" CD;
  • A blue "Live in the Wow! - Tony Hsieh" bookmark;
  • A small bag of Pop Chips (to represent happiness?);
  • A "Delivering Happiness" t-shirt; and
  • A charity: water rubber bracelet.
This all came my way because my review made me a member of the Delivering Happiness VHP (Very Happy Person) program. The box occasioned enough happiness for me to write about it, so my thanks to the senders. But I have to say that if it weren't for the charity:water nod (and it's actually not clear to me what the connection is), the package might have seemed pointless, egotistical and a waste of resources - boxes, planes, trucks, people, food.

Which is not a smiley kind of thing, as far as I'm concerned.

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