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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

What Are You Doing Today to Get Work for Tomorrow?

You’ve got a 5:00 deadline, 3 pages of copy to revise, 2 logos to vectorize  (or whatever magic you design folks use to make things pretty), and a status report to complete to wrap up another project.  It’s almost the perfect trifecta –your three current projects ending at the same time.  You’re smoking busy right now, but as N.C Winters points out – you might not have enough work to

Uncluttered collecting

Similar to Laura Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie, I have a collection of animal figurines. Unlike Laura, however, most of mine are wax creatures made in Mold-A-Rama vending machines. Mold-A-Rama machines are located in tourist destinations across the U.S., so finding them is a lot like a scavenger hunt. Actually, it’s a very addictive scavenger hunt.

Losing a Job, Reclaiming a Life

“Life is 5% what happens and 95% how you react.“ -Kanye West I was Tokyo for a couple of weeks, working on my doctoral research and seeing family and friends between interviews and writing sessions. One night I enjoyed dinner with Brad, a longtime buddy who’s been in mobile communications for some ten years.

Want to Live Longer? Get Some Friends

A new study finds strong friendships can provide as many health benefits as quitting cigarettes.

Why Money Makes You Unhappy

Knowing that peak experiences are available undermines ability to enjoy small pleasures.

Reader Mailbag: Travel Thoughts

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. A pile of problems 2. Financially helping a boyfriend 3. Vinegar and water for cleaning 4. What debt comes first? 5. Subsistence farming 6. How much term insurance? 7. Thoughts on iPad 8.

Strategies for seeing clutter

When you’re entrenched in your daily routines and activities, your home and workplace can become generic scenery. This might be a good thing if it means you’re focused on your responsibilities and what matters most to you.

6 Personal Productivity Tools Guaranteed to Up Your Game

Being a freelancer has its perks. You are your own boss, meaning you can work at home and set up your own hours. As great as that sounds, working at home also has its downsides.

Dress up station

Materials: Lack Shelf & Fabler Bard Curtain Description: I googled and googled dress up stations for my 2 little girls but couldn't find anything that was even remotely affordable. So I came up with a plan to do an IKEA hack. Super simple. I bought one IKEA Lack shelf and we then turned it upside down. We mounted a simple curtain rod to the bottom of it.

Child's Loft Bed

Materials: Mattress, Plywood, Two Ikea TROFAST toy organizers Description: Position Trofast organizers into "L" shape. Place large plywood sheet across top. Brace plywood sheet to wall by attaching 2x4 cleats underneath-- making sure to locate studs in the anchoring wall. Using three lengths of 1x6s, box in the mattress at top, bottom and side.

Take Only Photographs: Frugal Souvenirs

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Travel is a gift. We get to see new places and cultures, meet new people, and expand our lives.

Give Yourself a Break – and Become More Productive

It sounds paradoxical, doesn’t it: by taking a break, you can get more useful work done. But it really works.You can struggle along for days, weeks or even years, working hard but without really producing anything good.

Welcome to the Era of Creative Meritocracy

Normal 0 0 1 1175 6702 55 13 8230 11.773 0 0 0 Imagine a world where the best ideas have the best chance to succeed. No more favoritism that places the wrong people on creative projects. Cut out the middlemen that arbitrarily recommend cost-efficient talent over the most deserving talent.

5 Benefits of Giving Up Gossip

Photo Credit: DeeMayGreaves I used to love gossiping – chewing on a juicy story about where someone’s boyfriend was seen after the party, or the story behind how that colleague really got fired.

Boxing Basics Part IV-Punching: Jab+Cross

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who is doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing. Now that we’ve covered wrapping your hands, stance and footwork, and defense, it’s time to get into a little bit of offense. We’ll start with the most important punch in boxing, the jab, and then get into another extremely important punch, the cross.