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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

30 Happiness Tips: Program Your Life for Optimum Enjoyment

For many of us, the goal of life isn't ultimate wealth, a massive amount of stuff, or the perfect car. It's happiness, plain and simple.Some people may be created happier than others, with enjoyment of life programmed into their hardwiring. For others, getting to happiness isn't always that simple. You weren't programmed that way.But like any programming, yours can be changed.

Reader Story: I Was Drowning in Debt

This guest post from Steven is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

Manvotional: The Greatness of Simplicity

from Self control, its kingship and majesty by William George Jordan, 1905 No character can be simple unless it is based on truth—unless it is lived in harmony with one’s own conscience and ideals. Simplicity is the pure white light of a life lived from within. It is destroyed by any attempt to live in harmony with public opinion.

How To Design Your Circle of Friends

There is a lot of talk about time management, career management, project management and even life management. Today, I am going to suggest to you the management of something which I think is very important and very much ignored: your circle of friends. Or better yet, the design of your circle of friends.Think about it: every week, you spend quite a few hours with your friends.

When Your Mental Health Keeps You from Success

Anxiety disorder. Depression. Panic attacks. Intense phobias. Our brains are incredibly complex pieces of meat. Just like other parts of their body, they can break down and not work quite right. Yet, society often treats ailments of the mind as something either not to be spoken of or something to be looked at as an intense personal flaw.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 10, 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.

Ask For Help – Buy the Book This Week.

One of my resolutions is to Ask for help. I don’t know why it’s so hard to follow this resolution, but it is – but I’m always surprised by how effective it is.

Use Twitter to keep track of new streaming movies from Netflix

Ever since we picked up a Blu-ray player that supports streaming high-definition movies from Netflix to our television, my wife and I have been watching a lot of films we missed in the theater since our baby arrived in August.

Want to Make Something by Hand? Sew Start, Already!

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Recently, J.D. wrote about the value in finding something that you enjoy making by hand. As I read his post, I couldn’t help but to think about my mom, who is hands-down one of the craftiest, most creative people I know.

Tax Tip: Save Time Filing Your Taxes

I’ve got a tax tip that won’t save you any money, but it will save you something far more valuable . . . time. The IRS says the average American spends 21.4 hours completing their 1040 tax return. It’s this “hidden” tax — the sacrifice of not your dollars but your other 8 hours — that you can reduce.

The Truth About Vision, Obstacles and Mastery

A few decades back, well known psychology professor and then head of the American Psychological Association, Martin Seligman, began to champion a novel approach to treating patients. Rather than focusing all of your energy on fixing what’s wrong with your life, he asked: What might happen if you focused instead on the sole quest to identify, then grow what was right? From this simple quest

Rebooting Your Life

Henry writes in (I edited a few minor details to help with privacy issues, because I think without edits it might be possible for people to easily figure out who Henry is): Six months ago, I lost my six figure job as a database administrator. A month after that, just before Christmas, my wife left me, taking the kids with her.

Do You Buy Green? Refrain from Nagging? Embody Virtue? Better Watch Yourself!

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Have a cocktail on an Ivar bar

When Steve sent me these photos of his Ikea bar hack, my first thoughts were, "Where's the Ikea?" On closer scrutiny, yes, it's there, hidden under layers of Home Depot panels. A few years ago, I moved into an apartment with built-in bookshelves, and didn't need my Ivar system shelves any more.

7 Life Lessons I Learned on Success, Happiness & Creativity

I recently looked back at the last two years of my life and contemplated the lessons I've learned. I wasn't bored, wasn't in search for myself, and I wasn't reeling after a defeat; I simply wanted to improve and reflect. I think this is important - to appreciate our wins, losses, new passions, insights, etc.