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By Tim Ferriss

What Expenses Will Increase Your Happiness?

If spending less than you earned was all there was to personal finance, it’s hard to imagine that there would be over 2,000 personal finance blogs, talk shows, and hundreds of books written on the subject.There is something else, something bigger, something more complex than this simple advice of spending less than your earn.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 23, 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.

After building Murphy bed I hacked the leftover 48 legs

Materials: Lack side tables and legs Description: I built a Murphy bed using the Ikea Lack side tables on the front to make a very aesthetic and artistic wall piece.

Storage masquerading as clutter

Yi-Ting Cheng, a Taiwanese design student living in London, has created a line of products that secretly store your valuables in plain sight. As far as I can tell, the Secret Stash products are not currently available for purchase.

Solution for Benno CD tower height problem under pitched ceilings

Materials: several Benno CD towers, metal strips (or wood if you prefer) Description: I love the Benno CD tower. I had several in my old house and when I moved them to my new house, I found that I couldn't fit them under the pitched ceiling in the attic where my music room is located. So I just stacked them horizontally and fitted either end together using some metal strips.

Newsflash! "Kristin Davis Set to Star in NBC's "Happiness" Project." Yay!

From The Hollywood Reporter: KRISTIN DAVIS TO STAR IN NBC'S 'HAPPINESS' PROJECT Sex and the City star Kristin Davis is set to star in a new NBC project that would mark her return to series television. NBC has picked up Davis' The Happiness Project, based on the best-selling memoir by Gretchen Rubin about a woman's quest to become a happier person.

Homemade Gift Series #6: Meals in a Jar

A simple picture will probably explain things better than any introductory description could. The jar on the left, obviously, is a “Rainbow Brownie” mix, to which you add just a couple liquid ingredients, pour into a pan, and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. The one on the right is a soup mix, to which you add 6 cups of water (and, optionally, 1/2 lb.

365+ fruit stand

Materials: 2 365+ plates, other small similar plate, 2 NÄRHET dessert wine glasses, 7 min epoxy (or similar epoxy glue) and toothpick Description: We have the IKEA 365+ porcelain dishes for everyday. We buy the boxes that have side plates, dinner plates and bowls. We go through the bowls much quicker for some reason.

Consider the Elephant, or, Why Thinking about a Rhinoceros Can Make You Happier.

I often battle the familiar happiness challenge of keeping myself from ruminating about something that has annoyed, angered, or upset me. Studies show that dwelling on irritating feelings and episodes amplifies their power in our minds -- a real source of unhappiness. If I take a moment deliberately to distract myself from bad feelings, I help alleviate them.

Dipper hanger

Materials: white kitchen cabinet door Stad, Lansa handle, Lillanger towel hanger. Description: I didn't want make any new holes on the wall of my kitchen and I had only a little space available so I had this idea to arrange my dippers. I took: a white kitchen cabinet door Stad (found in the bargain area: 2.90€, a Lansa handle 5,00€ and a towel hanger (included to Lillanger wash basin).

Fight Prostate Cancer by Growing a Mustache: The 2010 Movember Contest

Every time I turn on a football game, I see players with pink shoelaces and pink gloves and pink towels, all promoting breast cancer awareness. This year the White House was bathed in pink light and even the fire trucks in my town got painted pink for the cause.

Ask Unclutterer: Organizing an office supply closet

Reader Debbie submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: We have a large storage cabinet and some shelves at my work office that have now become mine to organize. The cabinet is full of small cardboard boxes full of all types of supplies – tape, staples, computer pieces, pens, markers, hanging folders, envelopes, you name it. Lots of small items.

Making It All Work – Getting Control: Clarifying

This is the sixth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #21: Impression Management, Self-Employment Tax

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at how to impress and when to register your business. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

7 Tasks an Online Virtual Assistant Can Handle for You

Credit: Ryantron.@Flickr I’ve been working with an online virtual assistant for almost a year now. My current virtual assistant is a whiz at getting repetitive tasks off my desk and letting me focus on the creative work my clients pay me the big bucks for. If you’ve got a growing freelance practice, a virtual assistant may be able to help you handle the work load.