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By Brett Kelly

Release the Rage Kraken: Tips to help Freelancers Simmer Down

After spending over a decade in retail, rage is one thing I am very acquainted with. Like a warm blanket, rage was always there to snuggle up to after a particularly trying day of work. Imagine my surprise when doctors reveled that rage can actually be harmful for you? Such a silly notion I thought. Not my good friend rage.

What's Your Six-Word Secret of Happiness?

Since I started my happiness project, I've found that when I distill an idea into a short, memorable phrase, I do a better job of remembering and following it. For that reason, I work hard to capture my ideas succinctly. Examples: The days are long, but the years are short. Outer order contributes to inner calm. Happy people make people happy -- but you can't make someone be happy.

7 Secrets of the Super Organized

A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized.Am I perfect? Of course not, and I don't aim to be.

Redo of a jewelry drawer hack

Materials: Fira Description: I got the idea from the jewelry drawer hack. You can find pictures at my blog, and then the final results. ~ Elisa

Video: Revel in Your Accomplishments.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you never officially sign up for the challenge -- we've reached the end of 2010! Did you try some of the proposed resolutions? Did they help to boost your happiness?

The Best of Get Rich Slowly (2010 Edition)

The sun has risen on the final day of 2010. As I always do at the end of the year, I spent some time yesterday poking through the statistics to see what people came to read over the past twelve months. GRS had 9.5 million visits during 2010 from over five million unique visitors. That’s a lot of readers.

7 Best Ways To Gain Confidence in 2011

Confidence is a characteristic that allows us to take risks in our lives. It is often through risk, we achieve great success in many aspects of our lives. It makes sense, therefore, to try to develop our own self-confidence as best we can in order to be successful and happy.

I Was on the CBS Early Show!

I was thrilled to be on the CBS Early Show this morning to talk about one of my favorite topics: how to keep New Year's resolutions.

The Perfect New Year’s Resolution

Editor’s Note: I am honored to introduce you to a new member of our TSN team, Cat Li Stevenson.  Cat is an exceptional writer – transparent, authentic, and self-reflective.

Shaping the Future: 7 Predictions for the Creative Community

What are the key shifts in technology, trends, and workstyles that will shape our future? We reflect on the road ahead for creative professionals in 2011.

GRS Blogger Profile: Donna Freedman

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. This week, each of the authors will share a brief bio to give readers a little background. Enjoy! I was raised with relatively little information about finances.

BYGEL Stiletto Shoe Rack

Materials: BYGEL Description: I came up with a smart and cheap way to store a lot of my wife's stilettos, pumps etc.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Start an Automatic Savings Plan

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 30.

"I Know I Can't Outrun That Shadow. It's Part of Who I Am. But I Can Try To Keep It as Small as Possible."

Interview: Alisa Bowman. Through a mutual friend, I met writer Alisa Bowman -- first online, then, even better, in person for coffee. She has a new book called Project: Happily Ever After: Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters. Although her book and my book have many of the same words in the title, they're very different -- Alisa's book is all about turning her marriage around.

How to Shoot for the Moon and Hit the Stars

What did you want to be as a kid? If you’re like most kids, you probably had some vague concept of what you wanted to be, based on role models, or characters you’d seen in books or on TV. Perhaps you wanted to be a cowboy, astronaut, superhero, rock star, or maybe a princess.