Gretchen Rubin

A great day for my sister! To do: spread family cheer; be a storehouse of happy memories.

Yesterday, I got the call from my sister that I’d been waiting for—yes, it happened, she and her writing partner got an order for their pilot, “Women’s Murder Club,” from 20th Century Fox, for ABC, based on a series of books by James Patterson, directed by Brett Ratner. After the pilot has been made, they’ll find out in May if the show will be picked up for a series.

Well, I’m kind of shaky on the terminology, so my description might not be exactly right, but that’s the general idea.

Zoikes! It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were having one of our periodic pep talks (we alternate months for getting and receiving the pep) and now this! It’s so exciting.

I swung into happiness-project action the minute I hung up the phone.

First, I emailed the Big Man and my in-laws to “spread family cheer.” A few years ago, I might have thought this boastful, but now I realize that family members love to hear good news. It gives everyone a lift and a feeling of participation.

Second, I tried to figure out a way to “be a storehouse of happy memories” to remind us of this day, in the future. Remembering happy times from the past is a great way to bring happiness into the present. Studies showed that depressed people have as many nice experiences as non-depressed people, but they remember them less well.

How could I memorialize this happy day? Well, I haven’t yet been able to think of a great way to make a record of it, but this making-a-pilot stage will last for a while, so I’m hoping I’ll come up with some creative solution.

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