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By Tim Ferriss

How Influential Are You?

Most of us are much more influential than we know. Start understanding your power by recognizing the impact of every little action.

Spending Without Worries

As I’ve mentioned on The Simple Dollar before, one component of our monthly budget is what we call “fun” money. Each of us gets a relatively small amount of pocket money to spend on what we wish. We can hold onto it for a few months to buy something big or use it on frivolous things like stops at a coffee shop. For us, this is a vital part of our budget.

Want a Chance to Get a Free Copy of The Happiness Project?

I've never done a give-away before -- but hey, there's a first time for everything! If you'd like to be eligible to win a free, personalized copy of The Happiness Project, enter your name as a comment on the Facebook Page. I'll pick someone at random by tomorrow.

Expedit turned into a guitar amp enclosure

Materials: 1 "Expedit" Shelf, 1 "Rill" pack of 4 wheels, 4 brackets Description: Having a 50 watt guitar amp at home can be quite messy when doing the weekly clean-up.

Make the Most of Your Photographs.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Memories, and last week’s resolution was to Keep a file box. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Want to See the Clip from the Nate Berkus Show?

I had so much fun appearing on the Nate Berkus show this week. It was really a pleasure to talk to him -- and to engage with the two women about happiness.

Ikea Expedit Three-Story Hamster Habitat

Materials: Expedit 5-by-5 bookcase Fred is probably the P. Diddy equivalent of Hamsterville, with a 5x5 Expedit megahome all to himself. Katja, Fred's dotting owner, removed dividers on two "floors" to create large spaces to stretch Fred's short little legs. She also decorated the space with hamster luxuries like wooden ladders, bubbly cork goodness for Fred to dive in and play.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 3, April

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.


‘Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.’ ~Albert Camus Post written by Leo Babauta. It’s amazing how many people I talk to who tell me they want to create a new blog, write a book, start a new business, change careers, make something new. But they keep putting it off. Does that sound familiar?

Nothing For Granted

I had an MRI the other morning.It was early.

Reader Mailbag: 3 AM

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. Locking in student loan rates 2. Future of Roth IRAs 3. Handling a mini-windfall 4. Planning for the unpredictable 5. Time for fun hobbies? 6. Stay at home mom decision 7. Overseas trip planning 8.

TORSBY and MALM customization

Materials: TORSBY, spray paint Description: Very simple hack, just did the Torsby without the legs, so it would be the same height as the bed and painted the yellow strips. The Malm has been personalised with Liberty fabric. Take a tour of Julia's droolworthy home. ~ Julia, London, UK

Systems for straightening up your home

I am easily distracted, so I have to use little tricks to keep me on task when doing my 30 minutes of picking up around the house each day. If I’m straightening up a room, I’ll close the door to the room so I don’t wander off into another part of the house.

Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. My shower is broken. The water comes out just fine, and it doesn’t leak.