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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin


A very cool project by photographer Joseph O. Holmes detailing various desks/workspaces around New York City.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #6: Man Stories With Zeke Smith

Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness podcast. This week we return to our series called “Man Stories” where we interview an Art of Manliness reader and get his personal perspective on manliness. Our guest this week is Zeke Smith. Zeke is an American living in England while his wife pursues her masters at the University of Manchester.

Words That Overcome Fear And Dread

Everyone knows sex sells. Greed sells too, and again, this is something we all know.

My world favorite 350 messenger

When we went to the 350.org action in Times Square on Saturday, my four-year-old Bella insisted that "the lady" paint 350 on her face. 350 is the number of parts per million carbon dioxide we can afford to have in the atmosphere without the global warming tipping point occurringI was honored with the chance to say a few words to the crowd.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 25: Why Does Everyone Hate Budgeting?

On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I’ll join Jim from Bargaineering to discuss personal budgets. What works and what doesn’t? And why are so many people scared of them? (Personal finance writers especially seem afraid to talk about budgets.) This show will air live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern).

Stress and Overspending

Lately, I’ve been under a lot of stress – perhaps the highest level of stress I’ve been under since switching to a full-time writing career. I’m in absolute crunch mode with my second book, with a manuscript due in a few days. I’ve also been slowly moving into public speaking – and I certainly get a healthy amount of stage nervousness.

A Lovely Family Tradition…Suggested by the Author of FIGHT CLUB?

Two of my happiness-project resolutions are Take time for projects and Enjoy this seasons and this time of life.

Top 5 Time Wasters

Here is my top 5 list of items that can waste my time without achieving anything of real value.  These aren’t necessarily bad things, they are just areas where it is easy to lose precious time without realizing it.  Everyone has their own top 5 list of time wasters.  If you would like to share yours, please do so in the comments below. Television – It is very easy to lose a few h

Are You Risking Losing Everything In Pursuit of Your Goals?

Bob was a normal sort of guy. One day, he set the goal of making a million dollars. He took a job in sales because he figured that was the quickest way to get there. And, after a few years of hard and determined work, he did. Bob’s a success, right?

Tour Thomas Edison's Playground

An audio tour of Thomas Edison's laboratories.

Cooking and freezing: Ideas for getting past mealtime stress

Since our son surprisingly joined our family two months ago, my husband and I have had weird eating routines. Gone were the days of sitting down and eating a well-balanced meal at the table, and in were sandwiches gobbled over the sink in a groggy, sleep-deprived daze.

The Anti-Fast Food Diet

“There is a meditation exercise in which you place a raisin in your mouth. You do not eat the raisin. You meditate and allow it to sit in your mouth unmolested. The raisin plumps up and becomes a juicy fruitness in your mouth, tempting you to bite it.

Reader Mailbag #86

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. Can you tell me a little more about how banks like ING work?

Movable laptop desk

Linda hacks together a mobile laptop desk. She didn't provide the names but I think the base is a Besta height extension unit. The shelf is supported by Capita legs. Linda says, "I have a laptop computer with a battery out of order, a subwoofer and external hard disk. I wanted a piece of furniture that could hold all of them.

Walt Disney Offers Refunds for Baby Einstein DVDs

By Xin Lu A few months ago I wrote that I thought that "educational" DVDs for babies such as Baby Einstein were a waste of money because their educational benefits were quite dubious.