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By Jules

The Practice of Ying / Yang Productivity

In our modern Western world, we are all striving to be more productive – to do more, to produce more, to create more. Very often we don't even know why we want that – we are conditioned to feel that we should push harder and we don't question it.

The Case for Being Negative

We’ve all heard it. “Be positive” they say. “Focus on the good in life” they explain. “Think, you could be in a much worse situation so you should be thankful for what you have” they command. Well, screw that. I say, forget being positive…being negative has its own virtues. Honestly, I’m not some weirdo who’s all depressed all the time.

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric-Delivery

Demosthenes practicing his delivery by the ocean. Welcome back to our series on Classical Rhetoric. Today we’re continuing our five-part segment on the Five Canons of Rhetoric.

Yay! Just Heard That My Book Hit #1 on the New York Times List!

Zoikes, I'm so HAPPY. I just heard that The Happiness Project hit #1 on the New York Times list! Thrilling. Thanks once again, dear readers. I so appreciate your enthusiasm and support. Hooray!

8 Reasons Why Twitter Can Boost Your Happiness.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: 8 reasons why using Twitter can boost your happiness. I’m a huge fan of Twitter, and I've tried to persuade several people to give it a try. (My greatest triumph: convincing my sister to use it.

Financial Media, Press Releases, Hype, and Your Money

When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, I was a big proponent of financial publications like Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s, SmartMoney, and so on. I read them. I referenced them in posts. I even suggested that people subscribe to them. For a long time, though, I’ve scarcely mentioned them.

Director's chair for the Ikea Jeff Folding Chair

Materials: Ikea JEFF Folding Chair, Non-Woven Recycle Bag, 1 foot square pillow (Optional), Duck Tape, Steel Wire Description: I was happy to own a Ikea JEFF chair since I bought it few year back, until the day during a visit of a close friend, after long hours of chatting, my friend did a stretch of body and the back of the chair broken into 2 pieces.

Spare Change: Fitness Fanatic Edition

For me, last year was The Year of Fitness. I spent all of 2010 focused on losing weight, building muscle, and generally improving my overall health. I had great success. And since the end of the year, I’ve managed to maintain my fitness with very little effort.

The Small-Scale Approach to Achieving Great Things

“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” - Old Chinese proverb Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Scott McIntyre of Vivid Ways. Think big. Live to the max. Change the world. All worthwhile aims, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Unitasker Wednesday: Lawn Stryper

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This week’s unitasker came from my husband who thinks it is hysterical.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Celebrity minimalist: Vincent KartheiserActor Vincent Kartheiser plays the loathsome Pete Campbell on the hit television show Mad Men, and he does it extremely well. (In fact, he does it so well, I can’t watch the show because I truly disdain his character.) In addition to being a great actor, he also appears to be in the running for the most extreme minimalist celebrity in Hollywood.

Taking A Break

When you are focused on a problem, issue or task, it stays in the conscious part of you brain. However, there are some problems that you are unlikely to solve until the problem gets the attention of your unconscious mind. How do you let your unconscious mind take a look at your current enigma?  You have to take a break. Mentally demanding work requires taking breakw to stay efficient.

Woodland Inspired Rug

Materials: Hampen Description: I can't take credit for the toadstools, I used a wonderful tute and I followed the instructions here using felt I had at home already, trimmed patches off the Ikea Hampen rug which was a bargain £10 and glue guned them in place.

Book review: Keeping It Straight

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to read Keeping It Straight — You, Me, and Everything Else by Patrick Rhone. It’s a digital book that is part memoir, part simple living and productivity guide, which through a collection of short essays addresses clearing clutter from your life to greater experience happiness.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Back Pain Edition

On Sunday, I twisted my back stepping out of the shower, pulling a muscle. By Tuesday, my back felt mostly better. I’m my son’s soccer team coach and the boy was so excited to play, I went out and jogged all over the field with him and his team during the game, even though I knew I should rest. Tuesday night, that muscle popped again. Ouch.