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By Mark Shead

Podcast 14: Cultivate a Shrine, Know What’s Different about You, and Fight Hostess Neurosis.

It’s Wednesday– time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Updates: we have listeners in 192 countries! Zoikes. And we’ve heard from a lot of people who have successfully used the “one-minute rule” that we discussed in the first episode. Great to hear that it’s working for people. This week: Try This at Home: Cultivate a shrine.

A Beginner’s Guide to Pyrography, aka Woodburning

Pyrography — derived from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing) — has been around since fire itself. While there isn’t hard evidence, it’s quite likely that cavemen etched the walls of their caves with fire sticks.

Plate organizer: It’s easier in and out the kitchen cupboard

Before: the plates were stacked in the cupboard by size.

7 Truths that Helped Me To Heal from Trauma and Abuse

Chances are if you’re reading this right now, there’s something you want to change: Maybe you want a better job Maybe you want a different partner Maybe you want to find your purpose If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably tried various methods to answer these tough questions, ranging from the Internet to alcohol to therapy. I grew up in a suburb outside of New York C

Hackers Help: Paint selection for FREDDE DESK

Photo: IKEA.com I bought the FREDDE desk last year, and it’s been amazing! The only thing I have a problem with is the color. I was reading the ikea website to see what material it is made of and I keep reading abs plastic, particle board, melamine foil, etc. my question is, how would I go about painting this? I’d like to paint it white and possibly with some pink and gold accents.

Unitasker Wednesday: Melon Slicer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness.

Networking for Introverts: How to Connect with Confidence

It's common knowledge that you can't get ahead in your career without learning how to network effectively.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Change the workaholic mindset to improve productivitySpending too many hours at work?

Evolution of Quad LACK coffee table

This is the logical evolution of ZAMIR BOIANGIU’s Quad LACK coffee table.


Many people complain: I have no friends. Or: “I turn away people.” Maybe you’re being a good friend? Here we remember the … 10 CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD FRIEND 1 – You do not solve the problem of your friend, you help to solve. When we have a problem, we immediately ask for help from friends. Some may help, others do not.

5 ways to reduce the pain of the inevitable

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Jake and Kelly (not their real names) were very dear friends of ours. Well, Kelly is still, but her husband just recently passed away. Because he was healthy and active, it came as a complete shock to us all — especially to Kelly. A familiar division of labor had developed in their 40 years of marriage.

A Guide to Happiness via Self-Compassion

You’re a kind person. A loving person. A compassionate person. To other people. But you hold yourself to a higher standard. When you make a mistake, you’re tough on yourself. You judge yourself.

5 Quotes to Jumpstart Your Gratefulness and Peace of Mind

There is nothing I seek more than gratefulness and peace of mind. When I’m in their grip, I’m floating on air. You've felt it, too, haven't you? Then, you've also felt it slip away... Because it's tough to spend every moment of our lives in a state of gratitude, especially when things that happen to us aren't exactly positive, right?

11 Personal Finance Goals for Your 20s

You’ll sometimes hear these days that 30 is the new 20, and the importance of moving towards career, relationship, and finance goals in your twenties gets overlooked. When it comes to the latter category, it may seem like getting your financial house in order is something you can work on once you settle down and start your “real life.” After all, it may not seem like you have many assets to

Secret of Adulthood: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves

Of everything that I’ve considered and concluded about happiness and good habits, I think this phrase sums it up best. We must strive to know ourselves, and accept the truth about ourselves, but at the same time, try to do the best we can. As Flannery O’Connor put it, “Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.” (Letter, December 9, 1961, quoted in The