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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

Assorted Links for June 3, 2010

Interesting links we’ve discovered recently on the topics of simple living, organizing and uncluttering: From professional organizer Monica Ricci, “Top Tools Under Ten Bucks“ ThinkSimpleNow’s “How to Enjoy Solitude“ If you’re on a Windows PC, I highly recommend “Lifehacker Pack 2010: Our List of Essential Free Windows Downloads“ When you find

Is a Weak Euro Good for U.S. Travelers?

It had to happen eventually! A GRS staff writer has finally submitted an article on a topic I was planning to cover. This post from April Dykman is stronger than the one I’d put together, though, so I’ve just tacked an addendum to the end. Europe’s financial crisis is leading to a weaker euro and more travel deals designed to attract American tourists.

Foiled by the Samtid!

Materials: Samtid floor lamp, drum shade, wire cutters,pliers,clip on lamp shade Description: Picked up the Samtid floor lamp from Ikea Canada. I love what to me is a great mix of contemporary yet classic design. The price was great at $49.99 CDN. It would fit in great with my decor and give me the overall look I wanted. Sad to say the wife hated the shade.

Making Money vs. Creating Abundance

To make money or to create Abundance, what’s the difference? Seems like a minor distinction, doesn’t it? On the surface it is. However, after exploring the subject of abundance in depth, I woke up this morning with an epiphany. Trying to deliberately make money, doesn’t work. Correction.

The Other Side of Grilling

Image from Eudaemonius Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Moore. The afternoon sun pounding down your back, smells of fresh cut grass and charred meats in the air, a cold beer in one hand and a spatula in the other. At last . . . summer grilling season has arrived.

The Wonderful Rewards of Not Spending

Sarah and I have a lot of similar ideas when it comes to personal finance. We both believe in saving for the future. We both believe in spending far less than we earn. Here’s a tricky one, though. We don’t mind spending on the things we value, but we both cut down hard on the things that don’t matter. What’s tricky about it?

Bachelor pad music room

Materials: Expedit (base) is faced in walnut plywood, desk is Numerar countertop Description: Just saw this on the Modernica blog, not my hack. See more at on Modernica.

Can TV Make You Happy? 9 Tips To Ensure that TV Is Boosting, Not Undermining, Your Happiness.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 9 tips to make TV-watching a source of happiness. In terms of hours, watching TV is probably the world’s most popular pastime. Among Americans, it’s the most common free-time activity – for an average of about five hours a day. It’s a source of relaxing fun. But while television is a good servant, it’s a bad master.

Unitasker Wednesday: Zoku Quick-Pop Maker

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! For those times when waiting a couple hours to make traditional ice pops in your freezer is just a ridiculous request, there is the Zoku Quick Pop Maker: This appliance makes three (yes, THREE!) pops at a time in less than 10 minutes, and it costs $50.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Library Edition

A library with an efficient website completely changes how you use the library. Here’s what I mean. Let’s say I’m visiting one of my favorite book blogs and I read about a book that seems intriguing. Rather than buying it immediately, I can follow a nice two-step process to allow me to read it first. First, I hit PaperBackSwap just to see if a copy is floating around there.

The Power of a (Work)Day Off

If you are like most freelancers, the concept of taking a day off from work is pretty wonderful. But in reality, it can kind of put you in a whirlwind. It can even be downright stressful. I was thinking about how grateful I am to be self-employed today, when I remembered what a friend said in her Facebook status message.

Organizing your refrigerator

Refrigerators, especially in the homes of active families, can be difficult to keep organized and free of expired foods. We’ve talked in the past about using a meal plan to help food move through your refrigerator before it rots.

Casting Stones: When Is It Okay to Judge?

I’ve been stewing over something for the past few days, and I’m finally ready to write about it. I’m not a fan of judging others and their actions. Like Atticus Finch, I believe you never really know a person until you stand in their shoes and walk around in them. But I’m human. Like everyone, there are times I can’t help passing judgment.

Gorm chairs

Materials: Gorm shelves, chair frames, circular saw and other assorted tools, screws Description: I am lucky to live in a university town that sells surplus equipment to the public. I've gotten most of my chairs there...some really nice ones, too. These chairs started out very nice, but were used as outdoor chairs for many years until the plywood insides fell apart.

So, Where are You Investing?

I like driving by our old apartment every now and again. It’s a good reminder to me of the long, winding road Kim and I have traveled and the ridiculous faithfulness of God.It’s funny how once you achieve a certain level of success, in retrospect, the road you took to get there never seems as bumpy. Nowhere is this more evident than in having kids, by the way.