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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

De-Motivational Posters for Freelancers

Photo Credit: bernat... on Flickr Motivational posters have graced the offices of businesses throughout the world. They typically contain an inspiring word followed by text designed to grab you by the neck and shake you into action. They make me sick every time I look at one. So here are a few de-motivational posters to abase and darken your freelance office with.

Why Punctuality Matters - and How to Be On Time

Do you often find yourself running late? Perhaps it's been a life-long problem – at college, you were always sloping into class five minutes after the professor had begun. It might not have mattered too much then ...

Ask the Readers: How Much Should You Spend on Self Improvement?

Ah, it’s good to be home and finally getting back into something of a routine. As part of that routine, I’ve been reading hundreds of e-mails, including quite a few reader questions — like this one from Annie. Annie writes: I’m 25, and starting to take personal finance seriously.

How to Solve Every Problem

What makes solving problems difficult is that we often don’t know everything that we need to solve in order to be able to move forward. Every problem you face will always present you with at least 3 obstacles. To be able to overcome the problem you have to identify the 3 chief obstacles and solve them, otherwise you won’t be able to fully remove the problem from your pa

The Basics of Art: The Romantic Period

This is Part III in a series designed to give readers a primer on the simple basics of some of the major periods of Western art in the hopes of giving you something to say on your next date to the museum and a deeper appreciation for art in general.

Use "Weird Rules" To Boost Your Creativity

The right approach for routine work is almost always wrong for creative work. We look at 5 weird ways to boost your creativity from Stanford professor Robert Sutton.

Getting Started with Estate Planning

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Over the past few years, I’ve done a reasonable job getting on top of my personal finances. I’ve paid off credit cards. I’ve put systems in place to track and analyze my spending each month. My files are in order.

Is This Moving You Towards Your Goals?

Whenever I consider whether or not I should be doing something, I ask myself a very simple question. Is this moving me towards my goals? The outcome of that question casts a strong light on the activity at hand. Sometimes, it’s a positive light and it encourages me to move forward.

"If I Could Remove One Phrase from the English Language, It Would Be 'It Is What It Is.'"

Happiness interview: Hope Edelman. I first met Hope Edelman when her book The Possibility of Everything had just been published, through my friend Kamy Wicoff of SheWrites. I already knew Hope by reputation, because of her other books, such as Motherless Daughters.

Dog chair

Materials: Gulliver Description: A stool for my dog King made of the Gulliver chair. A very simple switch and the stool becomes a dog. ~ Jo Klaps, Brussels

Ikea Spice Rack Hack - The Warli Way!

Materials: BEKVAM Spice Rack Description: I wanted spice rack to match my theme in Indian Kitchen. Got it Painted Black and did warli Painting on it. Warli painting dates back to 10th Century, found in Maharastra in India. It depicts the daily life of Warli Tribes. See more of the Warli spice rack. ~ Anitha Murali, Dubai, UAE

How To Create Your Own Personal Independence Day

‘The greatest security is to plan and act and take the risk that will make you independent.’ - Denis Waitley I am an Australian, and we don’t celebrate Independence Day like the Americans.

February resolution wrap up, and introduction of March resolution

In 2011, I’m trying out small, monthly resolutions instead of large, annual New Year’s resolutions. My public resolution for January was to be more organized in the kitchen, and create and use more nutritious meal plans for my family.

Semi-home made 'LACKured' media cabinet

Materials: Lack Shelving Unit, Power Drill, 2-1/2 in. Hole Saw, Key Hole Saw, 1/4" brushed nickel aluminum channel, BIN shellac based primer by Zinsser, satin white spray paint, translucent white plexi-glass, plastic oval grommet, Loctite super glue Description: I was inspired by an Ikea hack done by Matt in Portland.

Reader Mailbag: Communication

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. Converting to Roth IRA 2. Going part time 3. Short sell our home? 4. Going back to school 5. Pushy in-laws 6. Healthy but tasty lunches 7. Which debt to repay first? 8. Should we refinance? 9. Underwater loan 10.