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By Leo Babauta

The Perfect Posterior: Kettlebell Swings and Cheap Alternatives

Tracy: 100+ lbs. lost with 2-3 sessions per week. In The 4-Hour Body, I profiled Tracy R., a mother of two who lost more than 100 pounds. The secret wasn’t marathon aerobics sessions, nor was it severe caloric restriction. It was the Russian kettlebell swing, twice a week for an average of 15–20 minutes.

Are These 5 Common Mistakes Keeping You From Being A Good Listener?

“To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and it is as essential to all true conversation.” ~ Chinese Proverb Listening is the most important part of a true connection in conversation. When we listen, we gain knowledge and understanding about people and circumstances.

You Can’t Make Someone Be Who You Want Them to Be

Change in another person has to come from within them, not from within you. One of the most regular themes in emails I get from readers is a desire to somehow change the nature of the person they’re married to.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #1

I’ve decided to retire the Time Machine series (for now). Instead, I’ve decided to start a new series, highlighting ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1.

The Laundry Agreement

Yesterday, I made a passing reference to The Laundry Agreement. A couple of eagle-eyed readers noticed a further reference in the screenshot I posted to illustrate the article. Kevin and Samantha both searched for answers at GRS, but couldn’t find them.

Review: The Procrastination Equation

Piers Steel’s new book The Procrastination Equation made its way to my door last week. I’ll admit, the title taunted me to put off reading it — it’s as if just seeing the word procrastination could create a self-fulfilling prophecy — but, I didn’t.

In Defense Of Solvency: 4 Reasons You Need To Pursue Financial Solvency

Let’s face it; many people would love to be rich. Few people wouldn’t want to jet set around the world traveling, attend the most coveted premieres, drive their dream cars, lavish gifts upon their love ones, etc. However, there is limited value in even thinking about riches until you can become and stay financially solvent. Solvency isn’t about income.

Creative Ways to Make Extra Money - Online and Off

If you are already raking in the cash then I’m happy for you! However, I have a feeling that most of us are not. Whether a victim of the economy, bad decisions, or lack of motivation to make changes, many people need more cash to pay their bills.Now, before we get into this, sit back and commit to yourself that you're going to DO SOMETHING.

The Game of Darts-Part II: Technique

In Part I we discussed a few different dart games you can play. Today we’ll cover dart throwing technique so more of your darts will find their target, allowing you to buy less rounds of beer for your buddies. Stance There are four basic elements to a successful dart stance.

Video: To Stick to Your Resolutions, Set Concrete Goals.

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! This is the first week of the Challenge.

Pimp my Poang

Materials: Poang, fabric, walnut finish Description: I had an IKEA Poang chair that I hated.  Normally the Poang doesn't bother me, but this one originally had a red glossy wood finish with a dark green seat.  yuck!  I wish I had taken photos of it before changing it because it was absolutely hideous and I can't find this combination in google images.

Dinner with My Family #1: Vegetable Barley Soup

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys.

Join the 2011 Happiness Challenge! With Videos.

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.

Children's table turned into stage

Materials: LÄTT children's table and chairs Description: This isn't mine ... but I thought it was pretty inspired. See more of the children's table stage. ~ Kat

If Your Legacy Was Based Only On Today…

Over the last few weeks, I’ve begun to build a morning meditation practice.