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By Leo Babauta

Reader Story: Home Haircuts Can Save Time and Money

This guest post from Shannon D is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. My wonderful husband likes to keep his hair short and precise.

The Most Overlooked Secret to Dealing with Life’s Problems

How often have you been living life, happy and content, and then suddenly life slaps you in the face with something unexpected? We all have problems, and the truth of the matter is that problems will never go away. They will just change form.One time you may be struggling with health, the next with money, and still the next with relationships.

Sunday Best: The Most Impactful Self Improvement Content This Week From Around The Web

It’s that time of the week again! I spend close to ten hours a day in front of my computer and read dozens of articles – some good, some not so good. Please find below some of the stuff I really enjoyed! Absolutely love this thoughtful piece from The Daily Beast (one of the best sites around!) Tired of Feeling Bad?

Forward Facing Bookshelf Dresser

Materials: Ikea Bekvam Spice Racks, Dresser Description: Basically, I attached the spice racks to the sides of my son's dresser. See the tutorial on Katie's blog. ~ Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek

Balance Your Checkbook as Often as Possible (55/365)

You should always know what your checking account balance is. Let me repeat that. You should always know what your checking account balance is. That includes outstanding payments you’ve made that haven’t posted to your account yet.

FNISS + HEMMA = 3-Season Lamp!

Materials: FNISS, HEMMA, drill, saw, utility knife Description: We have a three-season porch attached to our garage that needed a new lighting solution. We have lots of IKEA in our house, so that's naturally the first place I looked. The porch has a few electrical outlets on the ceiling, so I was looking for some sort of pendant light, and knew that HEMMA would probably be involved.

Headset Wall Mount

Materials: Capita 11cm Article number: 200.545.63 Description: I saw the headset stand made here on Ikeahackers, and wanted to make one for wall mount instead. I just took the Capita saw some of the metal away, painted it black and good to go! ~ Daniel Bachmann Mikalsen, Norway, Vestfold

Ceiling Storm

Materials: Storm floor lamp Description: I had an old Storm Floor Lamp with broken support. For months I've thought what type of light should be in my living room till, browsing on Ikeahackers, I found my inspiration... I used only the paper part of the lamp, fixing it to the ceiling with two rounded anchors. Ten minutes and 0,50€! ~ Pasquale, Brindisi - Italy

The Happy Secret to Better Work – Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor. We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards?

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #61

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. Last week, I had a long conversation with my oldest child about happiness and motivation. What makes a person happy? What makes a person decide to keep going when things are hard in their life?

Expedit: the bench, bookcase & Bass speaker version

Materials: Expedit 5x5 (1), Expedit 1x5 (6), Inreda shelf (2), Lack coffee table (1), Lack 1x4 shelving unit (1), plastic shelf supports, acoustical cloth, table saw, drill, glue Description: Our family room is quite long, but not wide enough to accommodate additional chairs without the room becoming too overcrowded.

How To Make Friends And Keep Them

Do you find it difficult to make new friends? Or keep friendships alive? Do you find yourself in a situation where you would love to have close friends but find no way to make that a reality?While it is easy to make friends in childhood, more and more people find that once they leave college, new friends become a rarity.

Secrets of Adulthood: Lose Yourself To Find Yourself.

A new Secret of Adulthood: * Join the happiness discussion on Facebook and Twitter (@gretchenrubin).

Ping-pong table lamp

Materials: HEMMA Table lamp base, black Description: All you need are: ping pong balls and one of the base table lamp from IKEA. The balls put together by glue then paint in your favorite color and all done! ;) ~ Konrad, Poland

Pretty Nordmyra Chair Camouflage

Materials: Nordmyra chair, wallpaper, spray adhesive, knife Description: I found a Nordmyra chair in the clearance section that had been scratched on the seat. Nothing a little camouflage can't fix! I cut pieces of leftover wallpaper to size for the seat and back, and used spray adhesive and then covered in a glaze just to make sure the edges don't fray. Love it!