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By Gretchen Rubin

5 Life Changing Ideas from Happiness Research

What is a greater priority in your life: happiness or success?

How to Bribe People to Start Companies (Plus: Kimono Event Scholarship)

Once upon a time, two entrepreneurs had an idea: what if we used traditional bookbinding to make iPad cases? It was a fun idea. Then it suddenly became very, very profitable. The two entrepreneurs, Patrick Buckley and Craig Dalton, named the idea DODOCase and soon had sold more than 10,000 iPad cases at $60 a pop.

Cultivate Good Smells.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome!

The Great Things Never Come Easily

I spent half a decade of my life living as lean as I could, hoping that I would eventually reach a point where I felt secure in my finances again. Five years. Sixty months. 1,826 days. So much time has passed since April 2006, since that day when I realized how truly precarious the financial situation in my life really was.

Forhoja Side Table

Materials: Forhoja wall cabinet; Capita 6" legs Description: Looking for a small side table with some storage space. Couldn't find one I liked. I found the Forhoja wall cabinet, part of the kitchen organization section. It's just an open cube, to which I attached 4 Capita legs. I like the way one side looks like a robot. ~ Rebecca, NYC

Follow @SimpliFried on Twitter for a chance to win a Le Creuset French Oven

Today I am excited to announce that our sister site, SimpliFried, is giving away a versatile Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5 1/2 Quart Round French Oven, which typically retails around $240. Plus, if you are the winner of our giveaway, you get to pick from the nine available colors. They really are wonderful multitaskers. How to enter to win: Entering to win is simple.

How to Match a Tie with a Dress Shirt and Suit

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com. What’s this? When it comes to dressing for more upscale events, women have far more style decisions to make than men; we know we’ll be donning some version of a dress shirt and suit.

Built in BESTA Home Theater

Materials: 3 BESTA shelf units, 4 BESTA VARA drawer fronts, 6 Lack wall shelves Description: We wanted to have a built in entertainment center for our basement home theater, it was currently sitting on some wire shelves. So we came up with a plan using parts from IKEA for this project plus a bunch of lumber and paint. We started by building a base out of 2x4's to set the BESTA shelf units on.

20 Ways to Start a Conversation and Build Into a Connection

I’m an introvert. Let there be no doubt about it. I often feel innerly awkward around people I don’t know, and I tend to clam up and not speak. At times, I even do this around people I do know. Yet, I also know how incredibly valuable human relationships can be. Close friends and close family relationships add a ton of value to life.

Creative Self Promotion Event – Win $100 in MOO Printing Vouchers

Advertise here with BSACredit: Luisa Vidal on MOO Need to put your name out there? Get the right peoples attention? Grab more clients? Who doesn’t right? It’s time to put together a creative self promotion. FreelanceSwitch and MOO have teamed up to challenge you to think outside the box. Will you create a viral video to promote your freelance business?

Switching out seasonal clothing

If you live in an area of the world that experiences four seasons, this is the time of year when you’re switching out your cold weather clothes for your warm weather ones (or the other way around if you live in the southern hemisphere).

Bedroom Litter Box

Materials: Stolmen Chest with 2 drawers Description: We share our bedroom with the cat's litter box, which is the only suitable space in our apartment. I came across this site a few months ago and was inspired to make a hack that would hide the box and allow us to use the space above it.

Five Ways to Outwit the ATM

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. Automated teller machines are from the devil, and debit cards are Satan’s imps. Sure, it’s great to be able to get cash whenever you want.

When It’s Time To Go – Leaving Your Current Workplace

Advertise here with BSACredit: smartview27 on Photodune “I wouldn’t want to know a man who hasn’t been fired!” I forget who said that but I laughed whenever I heard it because I had never been fired.

Five Ridiculous Reasons Why You’re a Couch Potato

I’m pretty good at making excuses – and I expect you are too. It’s all too easy to come up with a reason not to do something if we’re feeling a bit tired or lazy.Now, we all know that we should be exercising. We’ve heard all the benefits – lifelong health, weight loss, more energy, fewer illnesses – but we’re great at finding ridiculous reasons not to get moving.