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12 Techniques to Help You Live a Happy and Fulfilled Life

It seems that everything comes in a list format nowadays. “Wash, Rinse, and Repeat” or “Open box, Remove Contents, Try and Assemble”. Maybe it is because when we see things in a list format our brain interprets them as a set of instructions - rules that must be followed.The proliferation of articles about happiness as of late has been astonishing.

The Mind/Body Connection and Self Confidence + GIVEAWAY!

Self confidence is one of the most elusive, yet important traits in the human condition. And achieving it is kind of like the holy grail in the self improvement space. It alone can define your success, your relationships, your health and your happiness. Perhaps that’s why it is such a complex issue.

“The Start-up’s Secret Weapon: Contests” or “How to Turn $100K into $12,000,000″

Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify. How did they turn a $100,000 prize into $12,000,000 in transactions? In the world of magazine articles, one of my all-time favorite headlines is “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Meta” from the MIT Technology Review, a feature about billionaire programmer, Charles Simonyi.

Laser Clock with salad bowl

Materials: 300.814.67 BLANDA BLANK Description: Clock with Arduino Laser Servo motors Blanda Blank Bowl Click to read the rest of the post >>

Dolly Lampshade Cover

Materials: Skimra Description: I crochet a lampshade cover for the SKIMRA I bought at Ikea many years ago. See how it brightens up a room after putting on a new dress? 1.Measure the Skimra lampshade's dimension. 2. Make a crochet swatch of 4" x 4" with the yarn or fabric strips of your choice. Count the numbers of stitches and rows of the swatch.

Contribute Regularly to That Retirement Account (59/365)

If you’ve been following the advice of the last few days, you should have a retirement plan in place. Now comes the hard part: contributing to that account. When it comes right down to it, retirement contributions are another bill. Contributions reduce the pool of money that you have with which to pay your bills and live your day-to-day life.

A Young Man’s Guide to Doing His Taxes

Quick Trivia: Until 1955, Tax Day was on March 15th. This series is brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition. What’s this? Growing up, I associated “doing your taxes” with being a grown man.

What Are Your Eight "Auspicious Symbols"?

One consequence of my happiness project is that I've grown to love numbered lists. My 12 Personal Commandments. My 8 Splendid Truths. The 10 Myths about happiness. Buddhism has many numbered lists—the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths—which is surprising to me, given Buddhism's emphasis on gateless gates and transcending the bounds of rational thinking.

"Every Day Needs A Party."

Happiness interview: Richard Florida. I'm a big fan of the writing of Richard Florida. I first got to know his work when I read The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life, which started me thinking about work, time, and place in very different ways.

The Zen Habits Sea Change Program

Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange, ~ from Shakespeare’s The Tempest Post written by Leo Babauta. Last month, I launched the Zen Habits Premium Membership with a mini-course on creating the habit of meditation.

Bonsai from Fejka-plants

Materials: Two Fejka plants Description: I took one Ikea Fejka-plant to use as the tree trunk of the bonsai, and leaves from an another Ikea Fejka plant. I bent the branches some and set it into a different pot. I used hotglue to attach the branches with leaves, and some dark gravel to fill the pot. ~ Satu Tarsaranta, Tampere, Finland

Should You Hire a Social Media Manager?

As a freelancer, you do everything—manage the books, handle the sales, and make the coffee. All this on top of your actual job, be it writing, photography, graphic design, event planning…whatever. There are some things you can outsource. You can hire a bookkeeper to keep your finances straight.

The problem and the solution in five minutes

A video written by my friend and colleague Tim Kasser. It presents a unifying theory of what's wrong and what to do about it.  

Unitasker Wednesday: Shirt Shuttle

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I have no doubts in my mind that this week’s selection works well. I am certain it is water resistant and keeps your shirt completely dry.

Rest my jewelry

Materials: Sultan Luröy, Grundtal - S hook Description: Remove one plank (easy to do without tools, just pull. Then hang it on the door. Place the hooks where ever you like, and I placed in my case jewelry, but can imagine that other things, like bags, skarfs, etc. also looks cool on it! Simple, practical and nice to see! At last, but not least: remove the sticker. ~ Henriëtte v.