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By Gretchen Rubin

What a Growing Global Social Networking Audience Means to You

More than ever, people are using social media to find jobs, according to a recent study by Jobvite Inc., a California-based social-recruiting software maker. In 2011, 22 million Americans found work through their contacts via Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter accounts.

How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party–Part II: Guest Lists, Invitations, and Planning

This post is part of a series brought to you by Heineken. What’s this? In the first post of our four-part series on throwing an awesome holiday party, we talked about picking a party type or theme.

The Key to Happiness: Strong Relationships.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Last month's theme was Gratitude, and last week’s resolution was to Remember the dog that doesn't bark. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

iPhone 4 Camera Mount from Ikea Desk Lamp

Materials: 2 * 70mm M5 bolt; 8 * M5 nut; 2 * 70mm * 10mm * 2mm aluminium bar; 2 * suction cup (I used suction cup hooks and removed the hook parts); 1 * Ikea Tertial lamp; Drill / Drill press; 5mm, 3.5mm drill bits; Flat head screw driver; Pliers Description: Drill 2 * 5 mm holes about 10 mm in from each end of the aluminium bars.

10 Leading Chrome Productivity Apps

Chrome Web Store Google has recently launched Chrome Web Store – a dedicated marketplace with various applications for the browser. The marketplace idea is simple: install an app once and you will always have it at your fingertips on Chrome’s start screen.

Your “Someday” List Can Change Your Life

Whenever I think of something I’d love to do if only I had the time, I write it down in a little notebook I have that I call my “someday notebook.” It’s just a long list of projects that I’d love to take on in the future.

Energy Saving Lightbulb with Timer

Materials: TÄNDA Timer, Energy Saving Lightbulb Description: Open up the timer. Remove those copper plugs and cut a hole of a size of the socket of the lightbulb. Fix the socket into the timer and redo the wiring (you need some electrical engineering hack for this). Install it on the ceiling. The timer cost about RM15 each in Malaysia. The light socket can get it from any electrical shop.

The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guide to Community Engagement

Audience building is all the rage, and it’s hard to read a blog post that doesn’t mention social media or the importance of community. But does it matter to freelancers? You bet it does; an engaged and loyal audience means that you can work on the projects that you like working on best, and that you never have to worry about business, because there’s always more prospects waiting in th

Want to Save Money? Slow Down

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. About a year ago I sprained my ankle pretty badly. It happened as I ran out of a burning orphanage, carrying half a dozen toddlers. Okay, that’s a lie.

How To Prevent Seasonal Mood Disorder

When the winter season arrives, the days begin to get shorter and shorter. During seasonal shifts, it is not uncommon for people to experience alterations in their moods. Commonly, negative feelings and attitudes are associated with the winter months. Though it was once believed to be simply a dislike for the cold; research in recent decades has shown otherwise.

Gift Ideas that Inspires

By Tina Su A few years ago, when I first started this site, I used to do posts on gift ideas around Christmas time (like this one and this one).

How to Make a Citizen’s Arrest

I think we’ve all thought about it at one time or another. What would you do if you saw someone commit a crime? Would you call the police and let them handle it or would you try to be a hero, chase down that purse snatcher, and make a citizen’s arrest? If you’re like me, you’ve probably dreamt about choosing the latter option.

A great stand for my new espresso machine

Materials: BEKVAM kitchen cart Description: I just bought a new espresso machine, and my wife suggested I get a nice stand for it. I found the IKEA cart remake on this site and decided to give it a little twist rather than duplicating what others have done before. Click to read more>>

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Home Photo Printing

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.

Don't Fall Into "Decision Quicksand."

I'm always gratified when I learn that one of my Secrets of Adulthood reflects not merely my idiosyncratic experience, but also has some science behind it. For instance, one of my Secrets of Adulthood is: Most decisions don't require extensive research. I came up with this Secret of Adulthood to remind myself not to squander my time and energy on decisions that don't matter very much. Over th