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By Mark Shead

A Happiness Lesson from Actors: Find the “Yes.”

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. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. One thing my happiness project has taught me is to follow my instincts when reading.

The Science of Getting Rich

“Abundance” – courtesy of Geeart.com If you don’t read any other book this decade on financial prosperity, you must read “The Science of Getting Rich.”  The Science of Getting Rich is a great (short) book which was written by Wallace D. Wattles back in 1910.

It's Time to Purchase Like It's 1999

By Stacy Johnson If you believe the US economy is never going to recover, grab some canned food and a gun and head for Montana. But if you do, it’s probably time to invest. Or at least spend. As I point out in the accompanying news story, prices on some major assets are priced like it’s 1999. And if past is prologue that means there’s money to be made. Perhaps major money.

Ask Unclutterer: Managing a wardrobe of many sizes

Reader Petra submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Uncluttering is not a huge problem for me — with one exception: my wardrobe. I’m a stress-eater and easily gain weight, nevertheless I try to get rid of the extra kilos whenever possible. Those ups and downs expand sometimes over periods of a year. My clothes are of high quality and just prime, timeless wear.

Frugal Soups and Stews: Great Solutions for Busy Weekends

Many weekends – like this upcoming one, for instance – our family is quite busy. We have guests over. We go on family excursions to places like the Science Center of Iowa. We shop for groceries. We go to club meetings. We go to church. We play for hours with the kids. We get caught up on housework – and on our reading.

Is a Prepaid Debit Card Really Cheaper and Better than a Bank Debit Card?

By Xin Lu A few month ago, my husband received an unsolicited Visa Debit Card from NetSpend and I wrote about it here on Wise Bread. I admit that I did not know much about NetSpend at that time besides that they were sending out unsolicited cards. According to the comments many people received these unwelcomed cards, and some were even sent to to their pets, underaged kids, and ex-husband.

Sabbath Year

A TED talk in which designer Stefan Sagmeister describes his decision to take a year-long sabbatical every 7 years.

FreelancerPro Interview: Making Companies Work for Your Freelance Business

Jon Reed is a knowledge goldmine, having published his own business books and running his own business.

Minimalist Money: 6 Steps to Simplify Your Financial Life

This is a guest post from Leo Babauta of the simplicity blog, Zen Habits. Leo also recently started a new blog about minimalism, mnmlist.com. Finances are one of the most complicated things in many people’s lives … and yet, they don’t have to be.

Craft cabinet

Kristin tucks an ultra-hardworking craft area into a computer armoire. It's amazing to see how much stuff she managed to sneak in there. "Using several Ikea products, I took an old computer armoire and cabinets to make a scrapbooking/craft/desk/office area. I don't know the names of the actual parts I used, but you can see it all with descriptions on my blog.

Workspace of the Week: Realistic working conditions

This week’s Workspace of the Week is ChirhoDesign’s cramped but organized office: I chose ChirhoDesign’s office because it represents the conditions so many people work with in their jobs. The office is tiny and in less than an ideal location, but its user has found a way to make it meet all of his needs — and meet them efficiently.

How to Control Constant Worrying

Worrying can be very debilitating, especially when you are not acting on the worry. When we worry about something, we are really starting to fear the worst things that can happen in any given situation. Or we worry about past events and what might have happened.For example, parents constantly worry about their children from when they are young to when they become adults.

The Kindness of Strangers

"It's getting mighty crowded in this social design space. Designers David Stairs and Valerie Casey debate the value of so many players vying to help the world."

15 Best Buddy Movies

The buddy movie represents an uniquely American genre of cinema. Instead of a male-female romantic couple being the focus of the story, buddy movies center on the relationship between two heterosexual males.

A Bigger Game

Seriously, I never thought this would be the effect… This week, I was asked to be a featured blogger (actually hooked up by my amazing friend, Liz Strauss from Successful Blog), where I was charged with live-tweeting a conference packed not with social media people, not with writers, bloggers and other geeks, but leaders on a very different scale—the World Business Forum. The lineup inclu