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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

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2008 2008 Gift Giving Guide: Gifts of clutterIt’s the holiday season, and we all need a little smile.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: The Santa Question Edition

Several readers have asked me whether or not my children believe in Santa Claus. The answer is simple: yes, they do, but without active encouragement from me. When children are young, their imaginations are in hyperdrive. They believe things to be real that aren’t real. My son, for example, had two imaginary friends for a while that didn’t have names.

Is MagicJack a Scam?

By WC Porter How much would you pay for unlimited local and long distance on your land line? Verizon's Freedom essentials offers all that and caller ID, voicemail, and call waiting for $54.99. AT&T offers a similar deal for around $34. I say "around" because their site is very confusing to get a quote from unless you're willing to actually order service from them.

Stolmen bike stand mod for carpet flooring

This smart idea from Andrew lets you build the Stolmen bike stand on carpet flooring. Sturdy enough to hold two bikes in mid air. "This Ikea-hack is mainly an extension of a design already featured, that adapts said design to more applications. The Stolmen Bike Stand seemed like such a great idea, I wanted to make a similar one for my apartment.

Vigilante road unclutterers

Every Sunday morning there is a man in his 60s or 70s with a long white beard and even longer hair cleaning the underpass of the highway near my house. He has a large broom, a tiny dustpan, numerous garbage bags, and what I’ve decided is a battery-powered vacuum in a shopping cart from Trader Joe’s.

What to Do When a Client Doesn’t Pay in a Timely Manner

Some clients are happy to pay you for your work as soon as they get the finished product. Others make a tortoise look speedy when it comes time to cut you a check. The slow-pokes tend to fall into two different categories: clients who are going to do everything they can to avoid paying you and those that just haven’t managed to pay you yet.

How I Cut my Comcast Cable Bill by 33% (Without Losing Any Service)

Last week, I wrote that you can negotiate anything. This guest post by G.E. Miller gives a real-life example of using negotiation to save money.

How to Cut Down Your Commitments

Do you feel constantly busy – and in demand? Are you the one person at work who everyone seems to ask when they need a favor? Do you have a host of family obligations – driving your kids all over town, helping your mom spring clean her house, cooking dinner for your household?

Man Knowledge: Early 20th Century Battles Every Man Should Know

It’s probably happened to you before.  In the midst of an in depth conversation on a manly topic (such as the great outdoors, history, literature, etc), someone looks to you for information that for whatever reason they assume you have.  After all, you’re sporting that sweet new Art of Manliness T-shirt and spent half the evening talking nineteen to the dozen about how great the new AoM boo

Book Launch 101: Media Hijinks, Amazon Timing, and VIP Treatment for You

The last 72 hours – that’s me on the right. (Source: AgentGenius) I opened an appropriate fortune cookie last week: “A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.” It’s important to always have a Plan B. Take, for instance, a book launch.

How I Wrap Gifts, Christmas and Otherwise

Melanie writes in: Between the wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, tags, and other things, I’ve often spent $20-25 on just wrapping the gifts at Christmastime. This seems silly. How do you wrap presents?

Does Everyone Need a Theme Song? Come On, Get Happy.

Because I literally cannot resist this call to happiness, here is the “Come On, Get Happy” theme song from The Partridge Family television show. I sat grinning away as I listened to it. If you need it, here’s the link. And speaking of getting happier, join the 2010 Happiness Challenge! Start your own happiness project and make 2010 a happier year.

5 Ways To Improve Reading Comprehension

Image courtesy of Isadore Weiner/Illinois State Museum Written by Vincent Kovar We’ve all had that sensation of reading a selection of text then, only moments later, not remember anything we’ve just read. Sometimes we can read something over and over but never really feel like we “get it.” Reading comprehension is crucial for every profession and lifestyle.

TIP: Receipts Folder

If you spend any time buying stuff from the web, you are familiar with all the pages that say, “print this out for your records”.  So, how many people actually print out those pages?  I know I don’t (unless I’m buying something very expensive).  Usually I’ll try to keep the email receipt, but sometimes that gets blocked by spam filters. Here is how I’ve star

Suggesting disposal

Professional organizer Scott Roewer sent me a Christmas card this year with an uncluttered message printed on the inside of the card.