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By Tim Ferriss

"The Mantra 'It Can Always Get Worse' Reminds Me to Appreciate the Positive."

Happiness interview: Piper Kerman. I'd heard a lot about Piper Kerman's book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, even before I bought my copy. I was intrigued with her story: more than ten years after agreeing to deliver a large cash payment for a drug ring, she ended up spending a year in a minimum-security prison.

Do your to-do lists need a makeover?

After reading Patrick Rhone’s advice to get items I will never complete off my to-do lists, I decided to do a thorough evaluation of all my lists.

Reader Mailbag: Sun Tea Season

As I write this, I’m enjoying my first ice-cold glass of sun tea of 2011. Delicious. What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Student loan consolidation question 2. Tabletop or electronic games? 3. Retirement worries 4. Groceries and kids 5.

6 Efficient Interview Techniques for Freelance Writers

Advertise here with BSACredit: Yuri Arcurs on Photodune The art of interviewing is just that—an art. Writers can spend an ungodly amount of time conducting interviews, which in turn costs them money. Here are some tips you can implement to make the process smoother, faster, and even more enjoyable. 1.

Pack Smart to Save Money

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Most of us travel with a lot of stuff. Even the evangelists of light packing (like me) usually pack our carry-ons and handbags to the hilt.

The Practice of Ying / Yang Productivity

In our modern Western world, we are all striving to be more productive – to do more, to produce more, to create more. Very often we don't even know why we want that – we are conditioned to feel that we should push harder and we don't question it.

The Case for Being Negative

We’ve all heard it. “Be positive” they say. “Focus on the good in life” they explain. “Think, you could be in a much worse situation so you should be thankful for what you have” they command. Well, screw that. I say, forget being positive…being negative has its own virtues. Honestly, I’m not some weirdo who’s all depressed all the time.

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric-Delivery

Demosthenes practicing his delivery by the ocean. Welcome back to our series on Classical Rhetoric. Today we’re continuing our five-part segment on the Five Canons of Rhetoric.

Yay! Just Heard That My Book Hit #1 on the New York Times List!

Zoikes, I'm so HAPPY. I just heard that The Happiness Project hit #1 on the New York Times list! Thrilling. Thanks once again, dear readers. I so appreciate your enthusiasm and support. Hooray!

8 Reasons Why Twitter Can Boost Your Happiness.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: 8 reasons why using Twitter can boost your happiness. I’m a huge fan of Twitter, and I've tried to persuade several people to give it a try. (My greatest triumph: convincing my sister to use it.

Financial Media, Press Releases, Hype, and Your Money

When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, I was a big proponent of financial publications like Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s, SmartMoney, and so on. I read them. I referenced them in posts. I even suggested that people subscribe to them. For a long time, though, I’ve scarcely mentioned them.

Director's chair for the Ikea Jeff Folding Chair

Materials: Ikea JEFF Folding Chair, Non-Woven Recycle Bag, 1 foot square pillow (Optional), Duck Tape, Steel Wire Description: I was happy to own a Ikea JEFF chair since I bought it few year back, until the day during a visit of a close friend, after long hours of chatting, my friend did a stretch of body and the back of the chair broken into 2 pieces.

Spare Change: Fitness Fanatic Edition

For me, last year was The Year of Fitness. I spent all of 2010 focused on losing weight, building muscle, and generally improving my overall health. I had great success. And since the end of the year, I’ve managed to maintain my fitness with very little effort.

The Small-Scale Approach to Achieving Great Things

“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” - Old Chinese proverb Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Scott McIntyre of Vivid Ways. Think big. Live to the max. Change the world. All worthwhile aims, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Unitasker Wednesday: Lawn Stryper

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This week’s unitasker came from my husband who thinks it is hysterical.