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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

I'm on vacation!

I'm taking a break from everything in the glorious seaside town of Southold, New York. Just telling you in case you're wondering why you're not hearing anything on the blog. Back in business next Monday!

4 Signs You’ll Never See in Big Corporations

  FYI – The first picture was taken in Chelsea, NYC. The other three were taken in Santa Monica, CA. Funny how the vibe changes, huh?

New office products: Antimicrobial file folders and bookmark index cards

My friend and professional organizer Julie Bestry recently headed to Office Depot to see what is new in the back-to-school supplies section.

Double decker Frosta side table with integrated lighting

Materials: Frosta Stool x 2, Antifoni Work Lamp, Angle Brackets x 4, Cord Tidy x 2 Description: Using a couple of Frosta stools and an Antifoni lamp, I've created a Frosta side table with a built in light. I wanted an small side table with a lamp on it - however simply placing a lamp on top was going to take up far too much valuable surface space.

How to Build Confidence and Overcome Fear

“How to Build Confidence and Overcome Fear” is a rare GRS re-run; it originally appeared on 17 February 2009. I’m dealing with a family crisis, and haven’t had time to write. Things should be back to normal tomorrow. Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

Your Gut: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

OK – so most of us are well aware that our gut is part of of our digestive system.

How to Make Introductions Like a Gentleman

Have you ever been at a party with a guy who runs into somebody he knows and starts yammering away while you stand there awkwardly, holding your drink? Man, I hate when that happens. You’re left in social limbo.

Daily Links: Family Crisis Edition

I’ve been a little quiet around here the last couple of days, and I apologize. I usually aim for the Monday post at GRS to be a J.D. post; and if the Monday post isn’t from me, then I certainly want for the Tuesday post to be mine!

The Flip Side: What Frugality Gets You

This past weekend, I attended GenCon 2010, a gaming convention in Indianapolis, IN, with a group of several friends.

Are You Using FaceBook Ads to Promote Your Business?

I’ve been exploring a few different ways to promote my freelance venture, and I thought I would check with you folks to see if there is anything that I am doing wrong, or could be doing better. One of my more recent attempts to drive traffic to my website was by using Facebook PPC (pay per click) ads.  The main reason that I felt comfortable trying this was because I came across a free coupon,

TIP: Where Do I Look For It?

When it comes to organizing your stuff, most people deal with every item and ask “Where do I put this”?

LACK on LACK (TV bench)

Materials: Second LACK TV bench, drill, wood glue, sandpaper Description: My original LACK was too low, especially after I wanted to place a new subwoofer next to my LACK with the TV on it. (SW and TV edge colliding) Aim was to place a second identical LACK on top of the first one. I did not want the middle horizontal to be too big so I did not use the bottom of the the second LACK.

Video: Make Time for Fun. Even If You Have To Schedule It Like a Dentist's Appointment.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- This month's theme is Fun. Fun may sound frivolous, but people who regularly have fun are much more likely to describe themselves as happy. Last week’s resolution was to Find some fun.

US recession changes spending priorities, doesn’t reduce spending

Michael Mandel, former chief economist at Business Week and current editor of Visible Economy, wrote yesterday about US consumer spending trends in a post on his website titled “Where Americans Are Spending More.” The post explains that since the recession began in 2007, personal consumption expenditures have actually increased: Right there up at the top is America’s love affair with

How Not to Fail at Frugality

Yesterday, I had a wonderful conversation with an Associated Press reporter who was writing a story about teaching children how to be frugal.