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By Glen Stansberry

Are You Experiencing Someone Else’s Emotions?

Why do you think you feel bad when you see a poor miserable homeless man in the street? Apart from feeling guilty for not helping poor people there are still some sad emotions that you will experience upon seeing anybody who suffers. Do you know why you experience these emotions?

Balancing Money and Time

Two years ago, I made the choice to walk away from a career that I, in many ways, loved. The one thing that I did not love about that career is how it seemed to always be a black hole of time.

What Do Ancient Spice Traders and the Modern Financial Industry Have in Common?

This is a guest post from Chett Daniel, who writes about improving your life through personal fitness and personal finance at 5k5k.org. Last year, Chett shared what fourth-graders “know” about money. What role do financial professionals have in our personal finance lives today and in the future?

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 27, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Assorted links for March 27

These are articles that caught my attention recently that I wanted to share with you: “Work Smart: Do Your Worst Task First” by Gina Trapani for Fast Company. You can read the transcript or watch the video. Qik Announces iPhone Support. If you have an older model iPhone, you can now record video with it. No need to shuck out the money for an upgrade.

Financial IQ Test: How Healthy Is Your Disability Insurance?

By Nora Dunn Disability Insurance (and the integrity of your own coverage and how it suits your needs) is serious business; One in three people are disabled during their working lives, and those disabled for more than two months have an average disability length of two and a half years.

Don’t Buy Stuff to Try to Create a New Habit

Jennifer writes in: I’m getting very frustrated with my husband. Every few months he will come up with some new personal project he wants to work on. He tried woodworking a few years ago. A few months ago he tried cooking. Now it’s exercise.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How I Mastered the Power Nap

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we give you some killer tips for power naps, the lowdown on rechargeable batteries, and 10 uses for wine corks! Top 5 Articles How I Mastered the Power Nap — I LOVE power naps (provided I can do it efficiently). These tips are sure to make the experience worthwhile and headache-free!

Ask Unclutterer: Magazine clutter

Reader Nia submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My husband and I are both not great at keeping clutter under control, but I am the worse of the two of us. I am especially guilty of magazine clutter. Why am I unable to throw away magazines? It’s seriously painful for me to get rid of them.

Clear a Surface.

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.

Personal Finance 101: An Online Banking Primer

Katie writes in: I was wondering if you could do an article on how to set up an online savings account? I remember you mentioned using them and getting a high return on interest, and I think I’d like to switch my savings account over to one.

Clever Tax Move for the Un- and Under-Employed

By Philip Brewer There are a lot of people who used to have a good-paying job but who have been unemployed or underemployed for more than a year. If you're one of those people, here's a clever tax move that can permanently cut your future tax burden. If you used to have a good-paying job, you probably have some tax-deferred savings in an IRA or 401(k).

Workspace of the Week: Paper processing

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Inklore’s at-home business office: This space could use a little cable management, but otherwise it is a really well-organized office. I particularly like how the two clipboards that (I assume) are used frequently are extremely accessible. The desk legs do double duty as filing cabinets, which is utilitarian and a nice design element.

the barefoot philosophy

“Empty-handed I entered the world Barefoot I leave it. My coming, my going – Two simple happenings That got entangled.” ~ Kozan Ichikyo Post written by Leo Babauta.

The Care and Feeding of Subcontractors

There will come a time in your freelancing life when you’ll tackle a project that’s too big for you to handle alone. Which may make you feel like the project is tackling you. You can eliminate that tackling-you feeling when you think of those extra-big projects as extra-big opportunities for you to bill higher than ever before.