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Amaze Your Friends: 5 Props For Beginners That Will Make You a Great Magician (And They Each Cost Less Than $10!)

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from magician Peter Sharpe which originally appeared in the Art of Manliness Community. After recently joining this site and reading the post on 45 Manly Hobbies, I was pleased to see that magic was included in the list.

The Hidden Art of Achieving Creative Flow

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Everett Bogue, author of The Art of Being Minimalist, and blogger at Far Beyond the Stars. Have you ever had a creative evening when time suddenly flew by? A day when you executed a difficult project at work flawlessly?

Optimizing the Value of Your Commute

Kelly writes in: For the first time in my life, I have a daily commute to work. I drive about 45 minutes each way to work each day of the week. According to my math, I’m going to be spending about $125 a month just on gas, let alone maintenance, upkeep, and so on. When I look at it that way, my new job isn’t as awesome as I thought it was!

Unitasker Wednesday: Fit and Fold

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Until I took notice of how manufacturers fold their fitted sheets for packaging, I was abysmal at the chore. Once I learned how to fold a fitted sheet without all the corner tucking nonsense, however, I realized it was extremely simple.

Nine Tips for Feeling Happier When You’ve Lost Your Job -- or Fear You Might.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Nine tips for feeling happier when you’ve lost your job – or fear that you might lose it. Being out of work is a major happiness challenge, and these days, a lot of people have lost their jobs, or are worried about hanging onto their jobs. So, given this major drain on your happiness, are there steps you can take to feel better at such a time?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unclutterer article in latest issue of Real Simple magazineIn the article “10 ways to let go of your stuff,” I spend 1,000 words talking about my transformation from a clutterer into an unclutterer on pgs.

5 Interesting Ways to Improve Your Health and Happiness

When you think of improving your health and happiness, what do you think about? Is it diet? Is it money? Or is it even having that dream house with a nice car? We all have different dreams, but the thing that connects us all is the fact that we believe these dreams will make us happy. Happiness is something that has been studied for a long time. It’s something that we cannot fully grasp.

The Difficult Things

When I’m working on something very, very difficult, I often find myself bumping up against an invisible wall. It is as if my mind just isn’t clear enough to break through. For example, when trying to learn a new, complex mathematical concept, I seem to spend a lot of time teetering just on the verge of a full understanding with no real idea of what is holding me back.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What If I Can’t Afford to Make My Mortgage Payment?

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we tell you some options for when the mortgage money just isn't there, 24 ways to pull together some cash when you're jobless, and how to choose the very best baby formula!  Top 5 Articles What if I Can’t Afford to Make My Mortgage Payment?

Increase your productivity at work by letting go of negative mental clutter

My alma mater is currently ranked number one in all of the college men’s basketball rankings. They’ve been in the top spot for 11 of the 14 weeks of the polls, and were number one in the preseason.

Can a Little Inflation Be Good?

By Philip Brewer Let me jump to the end and say right at the start that I don't think so. However, there's a serious argument being made right now among economists and economic policy makers that higher inflation would be good.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Headset Edition

For the last year and a half, I’ve used Skype for my business phone – through book edits and interviews and so on, it was used daily (if not more often). During that time, I’d been making calls using my computer’s speakers (for the audio) and my webcam (for the microphone). Of course, this has a big drawback – namely, echo.

5 Ways to Manage Distractions for Increased Productivity

Are you supposed to be doing something else right now?You’re probably in the midst of a complicated project and had planned to take just a minute to send a tweet or update your Facebook status. Then you saw the link to this article and figured that reading about how to manage distractions would be a good thing to know.

Toothbrush cup nightstand

Fancy some reading and a glass of water before turning in but have no space for a nightstand? Here's a simple solution from Angela. "It's not so much a hack but rather a creative misuse of an Ikea product. When I remodeled our bedroom last year, I realized that there wasn't enough room left for nightstands.

Personal Branding: For Moguls, Morons or Megalomaniacs?

It seems to be all the rage lately… The power of personal branding. Become the wizard in your space. Establish yourself as the go-to person, the thought leader, the one with all the answers and the smartest strategies.