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By Tim Ferriss

Ikea pendant

Materials: Ikea shade and light kit Description: $5.00 pendant And finally one more $5.00 light fixture...which is the pendant lights you see above in the last pic reveal. These are very easy to make. All you need is a shade and some mardi gras or Christmas beads. In my case I picked a black shade that I bought from Ikea for $4.00 and silver Xmas beads from the Dollar Tree.

Back to the Basics of Happiness: Smile.

Happiness resolution: Smile. I'm not a very smile-y person, and lately I've noticed that when I do smile, my face sometimes feels like I haven't smiled in a loooong time. I’ve been trying to remember to smile more, even just walking down the street. At first I felt a bit silly, but I quickly realized that no one minds if you’re looking happy.

Homemade Gift Series #8: Personalized Cards and Stationery

A few years ago, Rachel gave my wife Sarah a wonderful Christmas gift: some beautifully-constructed stationery with photos of her own choosing placed on the front of note cards, along with envelopes to mail them in.

To hell with sustainability

Here's a talk I gave a few months ago, in which I argue for a new definition of progress. I argue that we should not just be aiming to "sustain" our current way of life. Instead, we should be looking for a way of life that is both better for the planet and better for us.

Stop Making These Common Mistakes – This Is How You Can Be Truly Happy

Would you be happy if you won the lottery? How about if George Clooney or Monica Belluci asked you to spend the night? What if you were taller, thinner, faster, smarter or simply better at every thing you did? Truth is, many people wait for happiness to happen to them, and end up squandering all the millions of seconds they could be using to make themselves truly happy, inside and out. Most peopl

Ask Unclutterer: Uncluttering after the loss of a loved one

Reader Grace submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Almost 5 years ago my husband died. I was 35 years old, no children. As I approach my 40th birthday, I am attempting to unclutter my home, which also means figuring out what to keep and what to let go of that was his or ours together. This is so tough.

Making It All Work – Getting Control: Applying This to Life and Work

This is the tenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Allen takes an interesting detour in this chapter.

Naked Truth Autoresponders

The other day, I got what I’d call a Tim Ferriss-style automatic reply (autoresponder) to an email letting me know that, in order to be more productive, the sender is now only checking email twice a day. That’s cool.

Corner Cabinet + Countertop Hack

Materials: Varde, Akurum, Lidi and Besta Description: We had a bare corner in our small kitchen that we couldn't decide how to fill till my husband came up with this idea. He wants to add another cabinet above this one in the future but for now, we have this free standing corner counter cabinet that he customized to our space and needs.

Workspace of the Week: New setup with old hardware

This week’s Workspace of the Week is David Bosman’s desk. Here’s how David describes it: New setup, with old hardware: a 2006 MacPro (+SSD) and a SSD MacBook Air (2009), paper and a pen.

On the Value of Networking

It’s hard to believe, but Kris and I graduated from Willamette University nearly twenty years ago. We enjoyed our time in college, and remain close to many of our classmates. It’s always fun when we get a chance to drive to Salem to re-visit the campus.

Yay! "The Happiness Project" is #32 in the Amazon Top 100 List.

From the Department of Self-Promotion: Hooray! I heard that The Happiness Project is #32 on the Amazon Top 100 list for 2010. And did I ever happen to mention that it was also a #1 New York Times bestseller? Oh, right, I think I did.

7 Amazing Life Lessons from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet. He’s probably most known for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. His work has influenced nearly every generation of thinker, writer and poet since his time. So without further adieu, today I want to talk about some of the profound life-lessons we can learn from Emerson.

Yay! "The Happiness Project" is #32 in the Amazon Top 100 Books.

From the Department of Self-Promotion: Hooray! I just found out that The Happiness Project is #32 on Amazon's Top 100 Books for 2010. Did I also happen to mention that it's a #1 New York Times bestseller? Oh, right, I think maybe I did. Want to check out the book for yourself? Read sample chapters here.

Taking Aim: A Primer on Traditional Archery

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Josh Parchman. “A long bow and a strong bow, And let the sky grow dark. The nock to the cord, the shaft to the ear, And a foreign king for a mark!” - From “The Song of the Bosnian Archers” If you like to do things “old school,” it doesn’t get much better than traditional archery.