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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

Five Simple Steps to Improve Your Concentration

Whatever you do during the day, there are probably times when you need to concentrate. Perhaps you’ve got a project at work that requires focus (it could be anything from writing a report to carrying out some important lab tests).

36 Ways to Feel Absolutely Beautiful

“You are beautiful no matter what they say. Words can’t bring you down, no, no. Cause you are beautiful in every single way.

What Man Hasn’t Squandered a Life Changing Event?

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tyler Tervooren from Advanced Riskology. The other day I asked myself, “Tyler, how long has it been since you’ve recognized yourself?” That’s a pretty funny question when you think about it. But the truth is the me that I know today is less than two years old.

Lovely snowball light!

Materials: Ikea paper lantern (Regolit) Description: I stole this idea from somewhere (can't remember where) so I won't take credit for it! I had however bought the coffee filters months prior, knowing I would find some crafty use for them eventually. So you could say I willed this into existence. Right? Anyway, this is easy as pie and cheap too.

Review: The Bold Truth About Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. A week or two ago, I was scanning the radio dial while on a road trip, looking for something interesting to listen to, when I stumbled upon a guy talking rather excitedly about investing.

My Expedit Vika Bar

Materials: Expedit, Vika Amon, Capita, Grundtal Description: After moving in my new (and smaller) apartment, I had leftovers : a Vika Amon desk and an Expedit shelf, and I was tempted to make something to finish the living room, so I decided to combine the two into a bar. First, I had to get the shelf off the ground, so I put Capita legs on the bottom.

Discover the possibilities ...

Materials: Chest of drawer - TARVA - not yet in the range Description: Three weeks ago I attended an IKEA contest in which I should design a chest of drawers, which is not yet on the market. It is made ... of pine wood and so I could worked on it very well.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 A woman in uniform: Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie admits to having a small closet, and her wardrobe of all coordinating, multi-functioning pieces is helpful to maintaining its small size. Unitasker Wednesday: Tiger Taco This week’s unitasker selection was guaranteed a spot in our feature simply because of its name: The Tiger Taco. 2009 Introducing the Unclutterer Forums The Unclutter

Hybrid Desk with File Drawer

Materials: Jonas Desk, Jonas Drawer Unit, Vika Table Top Description: I had very specific requirements, such as length and depth of my room, wanting to fit a scanner on top, needing a file drawer and putting my computer below with still enough leg room to fit a chair, so I took parts from 3 different IKEA products, modified and assembled them into this perfect home office desk.

The Things I’m Thankful For

Like a lot of you, for me the upcoming week is filled with meals shared with family and friends. Over a seven day stretch, we’re eating at least five planned meals with people we don’t get to see too often. In all that bustle is a reminder of the people we were, the people we are, and the people we might someday become.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 3, November

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.

"It Is Well To Have Some Water In Your Neighborhood..."

“It is well to have some water in your neighborhood, to give buoyancy to and float the earth.” -- Henry David Thoreau, Walden * I really enjoyed looking around on Crooked House. * Want to get my free monthly newsletter? It highlights the best of the month’s material from the blog and the Facebook Page. Sign up here or email me at gretchenrubin1@gretchenrubin.com.

5 Small Things You Can Do Today to Infuse Your Day with Positivity

Everyone wants to make big life changes because they believe that it will make their life better. I am talking about HUGE life changing events that will transform you into some other, more powerful you.

"Covey Run" - Quail Condo

Materials: Gorm shelving unit plus extra shelves Description: I call it "Covey Run". This planned community features a six story condo complete with an automatic watering station and a dust bath. It's situated in a lovely orchard which provides plenty of space for day hikes, stretching and other exercise, foraging, and relaxing after lunch under a nice shady tree.

Reader Story: The 30-Day No-Restuarant Challenge

This guest post from Michelle is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. This seems like a natural follow-up to Friday’s reader question about when to start a family. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.