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By Jules

Volunteer. Give Pro Bono. Help Others. It's the Right Thing to Do, and It Will Boost Your Happiness.

Volunteering is the right thing to do -- we all know that. And studies show that it boosts happiness; those who work to further causes they value tend to be happier and healthier, experience fewer aches and pains, and even live longer. And it’s not just that helpful people also tend to be healthier and happier; studies show that helping others itself causes happiness.

Ask Unclutterer: Can a tchochke-free home be warm and inviting?

Reader Helen submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: In the process of getting rid of dust collectors around the house, I find that it can start to somewhat lack personality. I don’t really like having photos around and quite like having bare walls – I could quite easily become a minimalist. I have a couple of prints but these do look rather mass-produced.

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric- Memory

Welcome back to our series on Classical Rhetoric. Today we’re continuing our five-part segment on the Five Canons of Rhetoric. So far we’ve covered the canons of invention, arrangement, and style. Today we’ll be covering the canon of memory. The Three Elements of the Canon of Memory 1.

Cake Stands and Candy Dishes

Materials: OPPEN plate/bowl, NEGLINGE candlestick, E6000 epoxy Description: Cake stands are always so expensive at retail stores like Target and the like, when they are basically just elevated plates. Why not elevate your own? 1: Remove the labels from everything and wash carefully. 2: Mark the exact center of a glass OPPEN plate or bowl, on the top face, with a black marker.

Eames-inspired storage unit

Materials: 2x APA, 1x HYLLIS, screws, scrap 1/4" MDF w/birch veneer Description: The Ikea APA toy boxes are inexpensive and reasonably attractive (with their white laminate side-panels), but I have never found them to be particularly useful for storage as intended.


Here’s a question for you. It’s more of a thought experiment – I’m not actually suggesting that you go out and do this. Would you be comfortable showing your best friend your entire financial picture? Or, what about your spouse? What about your parents?

5 Simple Ways to Double Your Productivity

Doubling your productivity is simple, but not easy. Changing your habits requires a bit of self-discipline, but it can be done. You can double your productivity by incorporating any of the five simple steps below into your life.For the longest time, I refused to try any of the techniques that are associated with productivity.

Navigating the Pitfals of a Client-Friend Relationship

Credit: Mike Johnson on sxc.hu Last week I had a meeting with a new prospective client that got seriously off-track. She burst into the café where we were meeting, flopped down and launched into a story about this crazy thing that had just happened to her. She had me giggling so hard that I had to dab tears from my eyes. Turns out, I had a similar story, so, of course, I had to share mine.

Workspace of the Week: Stunning studio

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Little Luck Tree’s breathtaking creative workspace: Not only is this space well organized, but it’s inspirational. I can imagine creating truly beautiful things in this office. There is dedicated space for storage, designing, painting, and sewing — and all of it is done in a way to encourage items be returned when they’re finished.

RIBBA Dataport

Materials: RIBBA, Pine boards, black paper Description: Take a slightly thicker frame type RIBBA, a few bars and construct a box: The add a back to the frame with black paper and screw on the electronics. Then, the front passepartout with it and end up with a cardboard tube from wrapping paper serves as a cable channel. See more of the Ribba Dataport. ~ Andreas K., Germany

Five Years of Get Rich Slowly

Five years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal-finance blog on the internet. I was wrong, of course; there were plenty of similar blogs before mine. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In the Beginning… In April 2006, I was still deep in debt.

Why You’re Only Getting Better with Age

We’ve all heard it. Someone says something along the lines of, “To be young -well, don’t get too used to it because it’s all down hill from here.” We safely heed this warning, but as the years pass and we don’t see the ultra-rapid decline we expect, we begin to ask ourselves if there’s any truth to the belief that we peak when we’re young.

Spare Change: Contest Deadline Extended Edition

You know, sometimes I’m an idiot. When I scheduled this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest, I basically just copied all of the parameters from last year. That makes sense, right?

Who’s to Blame for My Failures?

This morning, I sat at the keyboard in our basement, practicing a certain part of a song on the piano that I’d been working on for a while. I had attempted to play it during my last piano lesson, but my attempt at it had completely fallen flat and I was disappointed in myself.

Video: The Power of Language + News

Hello. I’m trying something new. Sharing “big ideas” on video — ideas I’ve found helpful, inspiring or empowering. Check it out: Click here to watch it on YouTube, One of the many things I admire about my husband is that he is very prone to taking action. He doesn’t stay stranded for long talking in circles about what he wants.