I'm extremely happy because my sister had her baby last night! A boy.
My sister lives in Los Angeles, a long way from New York, but fortunately I'll be out there very soon for my book tour, and because of the schedule, I get to stay in L.A. for three days. I can't wait to see the baby -- and to see my sister and brother-in-law as parents.
I'm so thrilled, and relieved, and excited. Zoikes! It's going to be hard to think about anything else today.
* Through Bob Sutton , I just discovered the great blog of Marina Park , who writes from her perspective as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northern California. She ranges over a lot of topics, great stuff.
* My book, The Happiness Project , comes out on December 29. If you're inclined to buy the book, pre-orders give a huge boost to a book, because they give the book momentum in the eyes of the media and booksellers. I love those pre-orders! Here's the pre-order link . To thank people who pre-order, I've prepared free bonus materials . If you do pre-order, just email me at gretchenrubin1[at]gmail.com (don't forget the "1") and write "pre-ordered" in the subject line.
If you're not sure whether you want the book, here are sample chapters and a zippy one-minute book video and seven reasons why reading the book is different from reading the blog .
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