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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

Low-Cost Methods for Stress Relief

Mindy writes in: How do you deal with stress? I know that with three kids and managing The Simple Dollar and all the other stuff you have going on, you have to feel some serious stress at times. What do you do to manage it? I have twin babies at home and I also work from home as a freelance graphic designer.

IVETOFTA Industrial Firepot

Materials: IVETOFTA candle lantern Description: IVETOFTA gets an industrial makeover with spray paint. These little firepots cast the most gorgeous warm glow, reminiscent of an old boiler room. You will need...

Perfect Zen The surprising Secret to Unceasing Serenity

“Focusing on the the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within.” ~Author Unknown Inhaling and exhaling goes hand in hand with the beating of our hearts.

Unitasker Wednesday: Electric Gravy Boat Warming Plate

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! With Thanksgiving quickly approaching in the U.S., I thought a gravy-themed unitasker was an obvious choice for our feature.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Saying farewell to a hobby, part twoIn the original “Saying farewell to a hobby” post, I talked about how to decide if you’re not really into your hobby. Letting go of a no-longer-active hobby can be difficult, especially if part of your identity is wrapped up in that activity.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Novel Update Edition

On November 2, I wrote about 10,000 words of my novel I’m writing this month. I was about to upload it, except we had some internet issues, so I decided to upload it the next morning. I woke up the next morning, read some of what I had written, and hated all of it. So I started from scratch, re-drafting my plot outline and my character descriptions before starting over.

Cultivating Boldness: How to Be a Bold Freelancer

Credit: photo by shodensan on Flickr A few months ago, as I was engaged in some much-needed tidying of my desk, I discovered beneath a stack of index cards and tangle of wires a magnetized card with the following quote: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…Do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Morning, Friends. Who Can I Help Today?

I’ve started my day on twitter with this same tweet nearly every day for more than a year.Morning, Friends.

Start an instrument-free band

We’re pretty late to the game on this one, but on the slim chance you haven’t seen it — check out Atomic Tom performing their song “Take Me Out” on a New York Subway car: The band’s “stolen instruments” claim is just a concept for the video — their instruments weren’t actually stolen.

The Maskros flower

Materials: Maskros (the small one) and Dudero lamps Description: Of course, the Maskros lamp is already gorgeous. But since the space in my room is limited I decided to transform it into a table lamp and add some color. First the inside of all paper plowers were painted with a cadmium orange professional marker.

Make More Money: How to Supercharge Your Income

Nearly every morning, I get up early to go exercise at the local Crossfit gym. While I wait for it to open at 6:30, I do laps around the cold, dark parking garage with my friend Dan.

How to Motivate a Group

I like to focus on receptive and expressive intelligence, which I call CQ. A healthy dose of CQ is essential when being in charge of a group or team because the task of motivating them often falls to you. This may seem unfair. After all, isn’t everybody responsible for their own performance?

Forging the Bond Between Brothers

My brother was in the driveway, shooting free-throws at the basketball hoop our father had attached to the garage. Every day he shot free-throws until he made one hundred of them, all net. He didn’t count them if the ball even slightly grazed the rim. He was thirteen, and this is the kind of discipline he already exhibited.

Spare Change: Multi-Author Blog Edition

On April’s post this morning, Shannon left a comment: “Does JD even write on this blog anymore?” Of course I still write here! I was on vacation for most of October, but since returning on October 25th, I’ve written thirteen of the twenty posts that have appeared at GRS, and have done tons of behind-the-scenes work.

How to Navigate the “Exposure Economy”

Doing great work won’t get you far without an audience. We look at how to get more exposure, and get more of the creative projects you want.