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By Jules

The Best of Art of Manliness: February 2008

February went by like a whirlwind. Kate and I are both staying busy with the edits on the Art of Manliness book due out this fall. And despite being in my last semester of law school, I’m busier than ever.

Happiness Myth #1 – Happy People Are Annoying and Stupid.

As I’ve studied happiness over the past few years, I’ve learned many things that surprised me. Each day for the next two weeks, I’m going to debunk one “happiness myth” that I believed before I started my happiness project. Myth #1: People find happy people annoying and stupid.

Beware of Pretty Things: 4 Reasons I’m Keeping My Ugly, Old Stuff

By Linsey KnerlI hadn’t been out shopping at a furniture mega-store in over 6 months.  I just didn’t have the money to buy anything, and to be honest, I was way too busy to shop.  Last night, however, I strolled through the furniture showroom with my jaw unhinged and my heart thumping:  “Look at all this good-looking stuff!” 

A Step-By-Step Guide to Building a Big, Healthy Emergency Fund

Lauren writes to me, lamenting her difficulties with an emergency fund: I want to have an emergency fund, but every time I think about the amount of money I would have to save, I talk myself out of starting. Instead, I find something else to spend the money on and then something happens and I regret not having that fund.

Tomas Schneider: Controlling Dreams

With sculptures at once bestial and fantastic, it is fitting that Tomas Schneider has thought hard on the role of the shaman in modern-day society. He says, “Looking at human history, the shaman has had a role as the dream seer and the myth speaker in societies for thousands of years.

Relenta Review

During the course of a day, many of us find ourselves using to-do lists and other means of getting thoughts and tasks out of our minds and into a trusted place of reference. For a business, keeping employees aware of tasks and duties in an organized fashion can be a challenge. From a customer service point of view, making sure that a customer is not overlooked is certainly very important.

A supplement to a child’s book collection

Books are an important developmental tool for children. My daughter has quite a collection so far and I’m sure the collection will continue to expand. It is always advisable to keep the collection under control. There is no reason to hold onto some of the lower level books when your child loses interest in them as she grows. Try to give the books to friends or donate them whenever possible.

Reader Mailbag #52

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags.

CD (Certificate of Deposit) Rates: Current CD Rates at Online Banks

The CD (certificate of deposit) rates on this page are current as of 01 March 2009. I’ll update them regularly in the future.

Scheduling a 20 minute meeting with yourself

Gina Trapani, former editor of Lifehacker who now runs the inspiring and informative website Smarterware.org, has compiled a list of strategies for the Harvard Business blog on “How to Mitigate the Urgent to Focus on the Important.” She discusses how if a concerted effort isn’t made to set aside time for big-picture items in your day that they easily can be pushed aside by sudden

Plenty from Lack

Suphi and Ebrar are from Istanbul and they love hacking Ikea stuff. Pretty ingeniously too. Buy two items get three. Not bad at all.

Freelance Freedom #94

Photography Portfolio Websites - What Clients Want

Arguably there are few more vital sales vehicles than a web portfolio yet too often they are aimed more at other people in the industry than at clients.

Accomplish More: Work At Your Peak Times Of Day

All of us have peaks and troughs of energy at particular times of day. There will be some hours when you can storm through work, block out distractions, and feel on top of the world. And at other times, all you’ll want to do is curl up on the sofa with a mug of coffee.The key to working effectively and efficiently is to harness your peak times.

On not putting a kid with cancer in my gas tank

Today, I went to see director Joe Berlinger's new documentary Crude, about the toxic mess left behind when Texaco withdrew from the Ecuadorian Amazon in the 1990s. I listened to a man talk about how his little boy died 24 hours after a Texaco oil spill tainted the water supply.