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By Brett McKay

The biggest barrier to climate change progress?

Hi folks, I wanted to share an email I got from my friend Bill McKibben, leader of 350.org. In it, he explains how the Chamber of Commerce is injecting huge amounts of cash into American politics and blocking action on climate. He says that the Chamber claims to represent all of American business.

Problem Solving Secrets

Photo by aeschleah By Tina Su I recently discovered a simple technique for problem solving that I thought you guys would love. But before diving in to this effective problem solving process, let me tell you the background story. Lately, I’ve been struggling with this feeling of unproductive frustration.

Newsflash! The Happiness Project Debuts at #4 on the New York Times Bestseller List!

I just got the great news! The paperback of The Happiness Project hit the New York Times bestseller list at #4! Yay! Thanks so much to everyone here. I know the support and enthusiasm of the blog readers made a huge difference to the success of the book. I so appreciate your help -- your pre-orders, your helping to spreading the word about the book, and your encouraging comments.

Quiz: What's Your Personality Type -- for Play?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day -- or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Quiz: What's your personality -- for play? As I've worked on my happiness project, the importance of play has becoming increasingly apparent to me. For a happy life, it's not enough to have an absence of bad feelings -- we also need sources of good feelings.

First Look: The Cover of Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues

Our publisher recently finished designing the cover for our next book: Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues. While authors don’t get a ton of say in the design of a book cover, we couldn’t happier with how it turned out and we really wanted to share it with you. It’s pretty dang awesome: The Manvotionals book is due out in the fall.

Are You Neglecting You?

Everyone desires a long and healthy life yet very few are willing to work for it. Many would rather overindulge and turn an eye on health all in favor of things that frankly aren't as important. How come the one thing that shouldn’t be taken for granted is the very first to be overlooked by most? Face it, our schedules are packed with excuses and I am not downplaying your busy life.

Bathroom makeover

Materials: Billy, Billy Morebo, LILLANGEN, Capita, ANNO STRA Description: We have a very small bathroom (barely 4,5 square meters) and where sick of looking at the old plastic-and-glass thing that held our towels. So we went out to Ikea to get some ideas. First we introduced a new carpet matching the tiling. Than we looked for a replacement for the ugly glass rack.

Putting Food on the Table When You Can’t Make Ends Meet

Tony writes in: About two weeks ago, I lost my job. I was being paid cash to do some maintenance work but the guy hiring me couldn’t afford it. A few days after that I tried to use my credit card to buy groceries and I was over my credit limit. Right now I have $20 in my wallet and that’s all the money I have.

Unitasker Wednesday: ABC Cookie Cutters

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Reader Talena sent us this week’s unitasker selection with the following note: I don’t know why you can’t use your normal gingerbread man cookie cutters that you probably already have as a standard and then bite off the head or arm by yourself.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Stomach Flu Edition

Our family has been walloped by some sort of stomach bug the last few days. Our daughter got it, then I got it, then Sarah got it.

Cat safe planter

Materials: Rationell Variera, Kardemumma, wire, plants Description: Why only use your Rationell Variera for plastic bags in the kitchen? I hang it on my wall in the living room. Now my cats can't reach the plants in it. I also put one of my speakers it. For the upper plant I made a sort of a rack out of wire so it don't flatten the one below.

Akurum deep drawer file cabinet

Materials: deep kitchen drawer (any width) Description: This really just involves adding another support arm to a deep kitchen drawer, that intern holds the ikea drawer dividers high enough to accomodate standard files. This works great considering the deep drawers have a 100 lb. weight limit. The soft closers can be (recommended) used as well.

Thriving on A Code Marketplace

The Simple Newsletter System Hi folks. My name is Dave; I’m currently in my mid 20’s, and am living in Australia. I went straight from High School into a Bachelor of IT at University, and then worked full-time in the IT industry for four years.

College Is a Big, Fat, Hairy Rip-Off! (But Save for It Anyway)

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a newly reinvigorated blog, and you can have your day interrupted once or twice by his Twittering.

The World’s Shortest (and Probably Most Controversial) Guide to SEO

Are you ready for it? It’s so simple that you may have been overlooking it for a long time. (I know I was.) That doesn’t make it any less powerful. Ok, here it is… Memorize it. Live it. You’ll see dividends beyond your wildest dreams. (Here’s a larger desktop version.) *** The Reasoning Behind the “Guide” SEO is a hot topic these days.