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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Simplification trends in product design

Since the dawn of time, inventors have searched for ways to build the proverbial better mousetrap. Engineers envision a society where everything is (to steal from Kanye West) “harder, better, faster, stronger.” Our cold relief medicines don’t just treat a runny nose, they treat “sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy-head, fever” ailments. Bring on the bells!

Video: Take a Quiz -- How Mindful Are You?

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed upfor the challenge -- last month’s focus was Money. Last week’s resolution was to Spend out. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness? This month's theme is Mindfulness.

5 Essential Zen Habits for Balanced Living

“Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” – Robert Fulghum Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Anastasiya Goers of Balance In Me. Do you sometimes wonder whether your life is in balance?

Philip Larkin on the conflict between work and poetry

Philip Larkin on reconciling his day job at the library with his life as a creative.

What Is an Education Really Worth?

Recently, I was browsing through some data from the U.S. Census when I stumbled upon a great table in the 2007 census data.

Pegboard jewelry organizer

Materials: RAM Frame 50 X 70 Description: I desperately needed something to organise my jewelry - mostly earings - to avoid search crisis in the morning. I had used a pegboard to arrange my DIY tools, so came the idea of using the same system for the jewelry. I had a mirror cut 50 X 44 cm, cut a pegboard 50 X 26cm and painted it.

How to Scale Your Personal Brand, Earn More and Get a Life

You’ve worked so hard to establish a reputation, but now it’s backfired…and, you’re in personal branding hell. Building a strong personal brand—being known as the go-to person in a specific niche—has it’s ups.

How to Use Old-School Techniques to Get New Clients

It’s an online world. It seems like everyone blogs, everyone’s on Twitter, everyone has a website. Paper resumes are a thing of the past; everyone sends their job qualifications by email now.

7 Life Changing Lessons Learned From Walt Disney

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was a film producer, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, international icon, and philanthropist.Walt is well-known for his influence in the entertainment industry during the twentieth century. Walt co-founded Walt Disney Productions with his brother Roy O.

Get your garage ready for summer

A lovely woman named Meri who works for California Closets e-mailed me last week to see if I would be interested in talking to Peter Walsh about garage organizing. Her offer came literally minutes before I was to interview him about office organizing.

Don’t Wait for a Discount — Ask for One

This post is short and sweet and to the point. Folks, I cannot stress how important it is to check all of your accounts for possible savings at least once a year. This includes your bank accounts, your credit accounts, your utility accounts, and more. Basically, you should review every account that involves a financial relationship at least yearly. It’s easy to do this.

Denison University students go No Impact!

If you want to try the No Impact Week, too, go here.

Procrastination: 4 Causes and Cures

Do you find yourself procrastinating a lot? (You might even be procrastinating right now, reading this blog post while you should be working or cleaning or ordering the groceries online.) Procrastination can be a real problem for some of us, leading to wasted hours and days, and a lot of frustration.

Give The Art of Manliness Book for Graduation

You’ve earned your diploma. Now here’s your textbook on becoming a man. Starting this month, men around the world will be graduating from high school and college.

Frequently Asked Questions: Part I

We get a lot of frequent questions about the site. I created a page that answers some of these questions, but a lot of people don’t visit it, so I wanted to address some of these questions in a blog post.