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By Mark Shead

Are You Annoyed by Excessively Cheery People? Or Extremely Gloomy People?

It’s hard to have a real, new insight. But I think I may have had one. I’m still thinking through and testing this hypothesis, and I’d appreciate hearing if this rings true to you. Here it is: Happiness has a surprisingly mixed reputation. Some people believe — wrongly — that happiness correlates with stupidity or self-absorption.

Bath Vanity from Appliance Cabinet

Materials: LACK bookshelf and AVSIKT roll front cabinet Description: I recently remodeled a former laundry room into a very narrow (41") bathroom.

Demonstrating strength

Risking the appearance of weakness takes strength.

Sit Down, Please, and Tell Me How Smart You Are

"I became a wrestling coach, and that totally changed me. That was my M.B.A."

Should you go to an Ivy League School?

Crunching the numbers shows that it’s worth it to go into debt for an Ivy League school.

Creating a mail center in your home

One of the easiest ways to keep paper clutter from overwhelming your space is to set up a mail processing center immediately inside the door by your mailbox. In a buffet, chest, armoire, or another piece of furniture that matches the decor of your home, install a recycling bin, shredder, and trash can.

Reader Mailbag: Public Cell Phone Use

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. Rebuilding a life post-divorce 2. Freelancing baby steps 3. Power of attorney question 4. Emergency fund or invest? 5. Does prayer work? 6. Getting your spouse to participate 7. Splitting bills with roommate 8.

Lack + Mosvik Casters = Awesome Media Center

Materials: Lack Bookcase, Mosvik casters Description: Inspired by a classic hack, I went out and got a Lack Book Shelf. Wanted casters for practical reasons (for mobility, to raise the surface, to get extra space below the console), and I found some casters for the (now discontined) Mosvik bed.

Unemployed? Underemployed? Here’s How to Get Help

For a long time, GRS readers have been requesting a list of resources for low-income families struggling to get by. I haven’t put anything together because I don’t know much about the subject. Fortunately, I know somebody who does.

5 Productivity Myths That Need to Be Busted

When there is so much advice and information on productivity floating around, it is obvious that not all of that is worth paying heed to. There are certain popular beliefs on productivity that some consider useful, which in reality do nothing but to hamper their efficiency.This article talks about five productivity myths which the sooner you come to know about and understand, the better.

8 Must Read Success Lessons from Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel was a cartoonist and writer.  He’s most popular for his children’s books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo.

Man to Man: Episode #1

I get emails every day from men all over the world asking questions and seeking advice. Some of these men are looking for answers to some really serious problems like handling a divorce or getting over a job loss. Others just want to know where they can get a safety razor or recommendations on a workout plan.

When in Rome…

J.D. here with a quick update from my European vacation. Our housesitter reports that everything is fine (and she’s made friends with our cats), while Kris and I are enjoying the best of Italy.

Review: Investing from Scratch

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. This is one of those books I found digging through the personal finance section at the library. The subtitle, A Handbook for the Young Investor, intrigued me. How would this book particularly tackle the issues of the young investor?