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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

8 Ways To Stop Feeling Indifferent

Have you ever fallen to sleep at night wondering if you’ve made any difference to the world around you? Have you ever risen in the morning wondering if you even matter at all? The key to living a happy, healthy and productive life is feeling purpose, passion and genuine joy for the way you spend your days.

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How Do Children Affect Their Parents' Happiness?

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how people affect each other with their positivity or negativity. That question presented itself with particular force this Saturday, because my five-year-old woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and by the end of the day, all four of us were in very crabby moods.

Broken Relationship, Broken Future?

This week, I’m going to take a look at a few of the longer questions that have been languishing in the reader mailbag.

Do This For 10 (Easy) Minutes And Improve Your Entire Day

Our bodies weren’t designed for our modern lifestyle. We were never meant to sit behind desks for half our waking hours, nor were we intended to spend more time in a car than on our feet. Most of us don’t get enough fresh air, sunshine and exercise and it’s having a profound impact on our moods, energy levels and health. Worse, it’s a self perpetuating problem.

Jumbo Jerker upgrade

Materials: Jerker desk Description: My intense hate of exposed cords and wires drove me to find a tidier workspace solution. I started with the basic "Jerker" workstation and took the desk surface panel and cut it to fit under the desk to hide cords and power strips and provide a place to mount my center surround speaker.

Global Freelancers Survey: Enter & Win!

The 2010 Global Freelancers Survey is online and we want YOU! Freelancers by nature usually work on their own, as such we often don’t really know what others are doing, charging and thinking. This survey aims to compile our collective knowledge for the benefit of freelancers everywhere!

Would you pay more for less?

Scott Adams, the artist behind the Dilbert cartoon, wrote on his blog back in August about his desire to live in a more simple world — a world without so many options that he can stop wasting time and energy trying to make a decision. He rants about too many choices when booking travel reservations, too many features on his digital watch, and movie theaters with special seats and meals.

Reader Mailbag: National Novel Writing Month Begins

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. Trust fund family problems 2. New job, retirement issues 3. Long term care insurance 4. How do CDs work? 5. Book on blogging 6. Paying ahead on mortgage 7. Books on fatherhood 8. Roll over my TSP? 9.

The Bucket List Lie

Bucket lists seem all the rage online these days.Filled with visions of places to see, things to do, people to lunch with, books to read, mountains to summit…someday, before we die.Sadly, though, most bucket lists are works of fiction, written but never manifested.Dreamed of, but never lived.For most people, making them is the functional-equivalent of reading yet another self-help book, with

British officials demand reduction in street sign clutter

British officials have found that excessive street signage impedes driver safety, in addition to cluttering up a picturesque view. As a result, federal-level British officials are writing to city council leaders across England demanding road signage be decreased.

Word Clock

Materials: Ribba-Frame, ATmega328-MCU Description: This hack modifies a Ribba-Frame into a word-clock that displays the time in words. 1. Drill holes in the back-plate of the Ribba-Frame for the LEDs. 2. Solder the LEDs to a grid where anodes and cathodes get shared in each row and column. 3. Make a proof-of-concept on a breadboard.

Gaming The System: Score Points With Your Savings

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. I’m at a bit of a personal-finance plateau. I’ve conquered my credit cards. I’m chipping away at my loans using the same tactics that helped me pay off the plastic debt. I’m living about as frugally as I comfortably can.

How Wanting Something with Your Whole Being Makes it a Reality

Desire is the bread and butter of success. If you don’t desire your goals enough, you won’t be able to muster the motivation to go after them, the courage to put yourself out there and you will not be able to tap into the enormous potential your desperation will let you access. Everyone has dreams and goals in their lives.