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By Trent Hamm

The Framework

We all have lives that are chock full of distractions. Television. Radio. Magazines. The behavior of other people. The comments of our friends and family. We use all of these things as cues for how we should behave.

"There Is Certainly No Great Happiness..."

“There is certainly no greater happiness, than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence, by such tokens as excite neither shame nor sorrow.” -- Samuel Johnson * A reader sent me the link to this fabulous item on etsy -- a great, stylish way to track resolutions.

Reader Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Moved in with Mom

This guest post from Lizzie is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). Some will be general “how I did X” stories, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success. Confession time: I read Get Rich Slowly on a daily basis. Phew, that was easier than I thought!

Who’s In Charge of Your Life?

This might seem like an odd question. Who’s in charge of your life? Who tells you what to do? Who says which choices are valid, and which are silly or self-indulgent?On the surface of it, if you’re an adult, there’s probably no-one standing next to you and telling you exactly what you should be doing. But many of us have ceded control of our lives to someone else.

Manvotional: The Right Kind of People

The Right Kind of People By: Edwin Markham Gone the city, gone the day, Yet still the story and the meaning stay: Once where a prophet in the palm shade based, A traveler chanced at noon to rest his mules. “What sort of people may they be,” he asked, “in this proud city on the plains o’erspread?” “Well, friend, what sort of people whence you came?” ̶

12 Classic Zen Habits Posts You Might Not Have Read

“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Post written by Leo Babauta.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 6, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

The Entrepreneur Test: Are You Delusional?

Ask an aspiring entrepreneur why they’d kill to make the jump and, without fail, four of the top 5 reasons will be: Freedom Control Money Passion They dream of working their own hours, not having to report to “the Man,” skipping though fields of money, loving what they do every moment of every day and changing the world.

“I Just Want to Have Fun, Live My Life, and Worry About All That Stupid Personal Finance Stuff When I’m Older”

It’s the refrain of countless Americans of all ages – and it was my refrain, too. It’s easy to see why, too. At first glance, personal finance looks like a bunch of boring and un-fun stuff. Paperwork. Sacrifice. Living in an un-fun way. On the other hand, living a big spending lifestyle seems quite fun, as you don’t have to think about the stuff that you want.

8 Foods That Will Hide Your Bad Breath

There’s nothing worse than having bad breath and not knowing about it!There are certain foods that are guaranteed to cause bad breath.

Four Cheap and Healthy Grains

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. We all know that cooking meals at home can save money. For some (like me), it’s a lot of fun, too, but it’s easy to get in a rut — which is where I found myself last year. Brown rice was my go-to side dish, but there are only so many ways to cook the stuff before your taste buds get bored.

Entrepreneurial Stuff Worth Paying For?

Every once in a while, I like to highlight people doing cool stuff for entrepreneurs. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a few friends launch or make me aware of some very cool entrepreneurship, career evolution and business trainings or projects.

Your Money: The Missing Manual — Table of Contents

I’m super excited — and more than a little bit scared. My book project is beginning to seem very very real. My publisher just finished laying out the manuscript yesterday, and this morning I received a printout of Your Money: The Missing Manual in its current state. For some reason, seeing the book laid out makes the project more tangible than it has been before.

What’s Coming Next?

Fifteen years ago, I didn’t believe I had the financial resources to go to college. Instead, I spent my time thinking about a future where I took a few classes at a local community college and worked at a local factory. Ten years ago, I was a college student.

Schedule Time for Play.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. One of my favorite resolutions – but also kept with great difficulty – is to Schedule time for play.