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By The Wise Bread Team

'Isn't Love the Only Thing We Can Expect To Make Us Happy?"

Happiness interview: Deborah Needleman. I've been preoccupied with the subject of home for a long time now, as I've been working away on my next book, Happier At Home. So, naturally, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Deborah Needleman's new book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well. Deborah, now editor-in-chief at WSJ.

A Mindful Life

When I first started The Simple Dollar, a little over five years ago, I had just started the process of turning around my finances and I wanted to share that story with my friends. Before that, I hadn’t really been mindful about my financial choices.

Crafty makeover of Lack shelf

Materials: Lack shelf Description: I took a dented 12 inch Lack shelf and covered it in white felt. The felt was cut to sizes of top, bottom and sides of shelf. To add flair the edges of the felt was hand sewn together with thick black yarn.

DIY Nail Head Table

Materials: (2) Ikea Lack tables, Thumb tacks, 4 long screws or nails, 1 small nail, Hammer, Pencil, Straight Edge or ruler Description: Step 1: Assemble one Ikea Lack table. Step 2: Attach the table top from the second table and nail it to the bottom of the table just assembled, to create a cube.

Mirrored Malm

Materials: Malm Description: Mirror foil, with sticker backside, cut to fit the drawers. + new "diamond" knobs :) See more of the mirrored Malm. ~ Grete

7 Warning Signs That You’ve Given Up on Your Dreams

What do you REALLY want from life? What’s your big dream? Are you taking steps toward it? If not, why not? What’s stopping you from taking action today?Perhaps you’re scared, or maybe you've built a huge wall of procrastination that you'll never scale. Whatever it is, you probably think it has merit.

Reader Mailbag: Focus On, Focus Off

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Refinance timing question 2. Encouraging better financial choices 3. Old credit card debt 4. Nostalgia battles 5. Self control and financial drought 6. Risk and living off investments 7.

10 Free Apps for Working with Video

Video has become a must-have for every website or blog aiming to enhance its presence online. It’s a common practice that video-related orders are often assigned to freelancers, and these are not only simple video editing tasks, but the preparation of how-to’s, demos, screencasts, video embedding and distribution as well.

DIY Trofast Closet Organizer

Materials: Trofast Storage Box, rope, drill, pencil, marker, acrylic paints, water, tape measure, paint brushes, paper towel, paint mixing dish, scissors Description: We Are Jules DIYed this pretty closet organizer that's just perfect for small spaces. The great thing is, you can get different sized Trofast bins or other baskets to fit your closet or suit your style.

Why I Still Pick Up Pennies

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. The most-read piece I ever wrote for MSN Money’s Smart Spending blog was an essay called “See a penny? Pick it up!” It got more than 1,657,000 hits before MSN changed blog platforms.

5 Ways to Build Social Skills

There is a significant correlation between your social skills and your success in any area of life. With good social skills, it’s easier to make friends, build strong relationships and get ahead in your career. If you lack social skills, it’s important to learn how to build social skills.

Patrician McCarthy: What's Your Innate Gift?

It's easy to take our natural gifts for granted. In this talk, Patrician McCarthy shows how the ancient practice of "face reading" can reconnect us with our innate strengths.

Should a Man Be Inspired by History?

The Art of Manliness makes no secret of the fact that we draw inspiration from the past in order to help modern men live better lives.

Can We Really Trust Facebook With Our Online Identity?

Do you remember when the internet didn’t own your identity? Before Facebook. Before Twitter. The most it had on you was an article from the local newspaper telling your neighbors about how you won the soap box derby back in 3rd grade. Your identity was decisively off-line.Now it’s not.For most of us, our online identity is owned by Facebook.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Dishwasher or Hand Washing

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.