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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

If It Won't Fit On A Post-It, It Won't Fit In Your Day

Does your daily to-do list look like Mount Everest? Check out this super-simple approach to streamlining your everyday tasks for more sanity and productivity.

Jealousy – And What You Can’t See

One of the nicest houses in our town recently went into foreclosure. The family that lived there seemed to have “everything” on the surface – a gorgeous house, nice cars, nice clothing, expensive cell phones, and so on. In truth, though, they were in debt up to their eyeballs. Now that house that they had sunk so much money into is gone, as is the family.

Super Rabbit Condo

Materials: Gorm Shelving, wood trim, hook latches, hinges, staples, furniture tacks, steel mesh, galvanized wire Description: After adopting our new English Lop, my husband decided to take on making a cage that would be functional with our space and give her as much room as possible.

How to Build Self Esteem Forever

Self-esteem is the way you judge and look at yourself.  Some people believe that their appearance will enhance their level of self-esteem, but in reality, having high self-esteem comes from the ability to see yourself special and unique all the time. Do you see yourself as special and unique?  Do you have high self-esteem?  Do you love yourself?

"There Are Children Who Will Leave a Game to Go and Be Bored in a Corner of the Garret."

"There are children who will leave a game to go and be bored in a corner of the garret. How often have I wished for the attic of my boredom when the complications of life made me lose the very germ of freedom!" -- Gaston Bachelard * I love books and book arts, and this video is incredible -- paper-cut animation of Maurice Gee's Going West.

Back to Work

Hello from Portland, Oregon! After nearly a month on the road, Kris and I are once again sleeping in the comfort of our own bed. Our wardrobes now consist of more than four shirts per person.

Does This Bug Anyone Else?

I’m all for creative marketing.I’m all for pushing the envelope, having fun and doing what’s necessary to stop people in their tracks and pay attention…while still being ethical and respectful.I love drawing people in with a bit of shock and awe, surprise, value, information, offers and promises that are clear and can be delivered on.But, driving around NYC the other day, I

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.