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By Leo Babauta

How to Have a Great Relationship With Your Grandparents

Some of us are lucky enough to have a naturally great connection with our parents’ parents. Perhaps you had a lot of contact with your grandparents as a child, or you see them on a very regular basis.

How to Stop Acting Like Such a Big Baby

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.” —Dale Carnegie Article by Zen Habits contributor Jonathan Mead; follow him on twitter. If we really want to be happy, why do we act like such babies? We can claim to be proactive in our life by settings goals and going after what we want.

How Low Can You Go? Coriander Meatballs with Yogurt-Mint Sauce

In April and May, National Public Radio featured a series on inexpensive gourmet dishes entitled “How Low Can You Go?” Although many of the dishes looked quite tasty, most of the dishes weren’t actually all that inexpensive, often narrowly getting below $10 to feed a family of four, and many involved arduous cooking processes.

Forgive an Accident. Which Is Harder Than It Sounds.

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.

How to be the best customer

By Torley Wong We've no shortage of "How to do good customer service" articles designed to be applied from the company's side. But what about customers? We need each other to thrive, and whether you're in front of the sales desk or behind, we're all humans.

Happy 4th of July 2009!

Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the United States and we’re going to take a break so we can celebrate with friends and family. We hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend.

Rule #3: Stop Wasting Time.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. I cover time management quite a lot on The Simple Dollar. I write about Getting Things Done and other time management books.

How to Read the Mind of a Client in 3 Easy Steps

Apparently, I’m supposed to read my clients’ minds. I’m supposed to know exactly the style, content, and length of every project a client wants taken care of, typically on the basis of a one-line email. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only freelancer who is expected to offer telepathy as a form of client communication, either.

Ask the Readers: Save More or See the World?

I’ve written a lot lately about finding balance. It’s important to save for the future, but how do you balance that with enjoying today? Each of us has to address that question in our own way. A reader named Max wrote to share his own dilemma: I’ve been working as a web designer since I was 18.

Twin to queen bed

Jaime turns twins into a queen. "I turned two Tolga bed frames into a queen size platform bed. I wanted a platform bed and really liked the simple, modern style of Ikea's Tolga, but it is only sold in twin size! I also liked these because they are made with steel truss which is very sturdy and also made with a renewable resource - pine slats. Oh, yah, and it was cheap!

Workspace of the Week: Office away from the office

This week’s workspace of the week is more of a question than a space. What do you do to make working from a hotel room a bearable experience? (Image is My_OCD’s hotel office): There isn’t anything particularly interesting about this setup, and that is because it’s in a Super 8 hotel and it’s a dreadful environment most of us have experienced.

11 Reasons Why You Need More Sleep

There’s nothing better than that feeling of waking up completely and utterly refreshed.

5 Ways to Spend Less Time at Work

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from workplace expert Alexandra Levit, a Wall Street Journal writer and published author. Follow her on Twitter. Technology is supposed to increase our productivity and reduce our work hours, yet many of us find the opposite to be true.

Making Home Affordable expanded again - borrowers allowed to refinance loans up to 125 percent of value

By Xin Lu When the Obama administration first announced the details of the Making Home Affordable program in March, the guidelines for the refinance portion stated that the loan refinanced cannot be more than 105% of the value of the home.

Ten Great Ways to Make Powerful Visual Reminders of Your Personal Finance (and Other) Goals

A long time ago, I wrote a brief article about creating a visual debt reminder, something that will help motivate you towards getting rid of debt. Since then, I’ve found myself using such reminders all the time for keeping my finances in order. The Psychology of the Reminder A reminder? If a goal is really important to us, why would we need a reminder? It’s simple.