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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

Video: Acknowledge the Reality of Other People's Feelings. Harder Than It Sounds.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Family. Last week’s focus was Be a treasure house of happy memories. Specifically, use a file box. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

For a Beginning Investor, the Costs of Investing Can Be Painful

I’m going to make a little illustration about investments using the stock of Verizon (VZ) as an example. On September 18, 2009, a share of stock in Verizon closed at 29.59. In the following months, Verizon issued four dividends of $0.475 per share.

A Literary Map of Manhattan

Visualize the stomping grounds of The Invisible Man or Harriet the Spy with this interactive map.

The Paris Review: Interviews

Creative Process Jackpot! Paris Review cracks its archives to provide 50 years of interviews.

Phys Ed: Can Exercise Make Kids Smarter?

Even a 20 minute walk before a test improved scores.

Bring It On Home

Eastbound & Down returns. In-depth VICE mag behind-the-scenes and profile of the cast.

Backup Your Computer: SpiderOak Review

I’ll be honest, when I first heard about SpiderOak, I wasn’t sure what to think. I certainly do not like spiders, and I’m terrified of oaks, so I was a little worried about what I had gotten myself in to. Luckily, SpiderOak has nothing to do with either spiders or oaks.

Filing with zip top bags

Reader Arnette has created an unconventional filing and reminder system that works wonders for keeping her organized. She wrote to me about it, and I wanted to share it with you because it’s unlike any system I’ve used. From Arnette: This idea came to me when I was trying to find a way to file small notes to myself or related small pieces of paper on a particular subject.

5 Habits of Highly-Effective Credit Card Users

This is a guest post from Beverly Harzog, who writes about credit cards and personal finance at Card Ratings. Harzog is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Person-to-Person Lending. When I was in my early twenties, I was a credit card mess. I’d go shopping with my credit card in hand and not worry about how much I spent until the bill came.

Home Office Hack

Materials: 2 small Vika Hyttan table tops, 1 large Vika Hyttan table top, 9 Vika Fintorp legs, 3 flat plate brackets from hardware store, screws. Description: My objective for my home office was to have two workspaces. One with a computer on it, and another that I could turn around to use that would be free of clutter.

How Tucker Max Got Rejected by Publishing and Still Hit #1 New York Times

The infamous Tucker Max, self-proclaimed asshole. (Photo: Randy Stewart/blog.stewtopia.com) Preface: I’ve debated doing this post for a long while. Today I bite the bullet. Part of my job is introducing you to valuable lessons and interesting people you might not find otherwise. “Interesting” takes many forms.

3 Steps to Think Clearly and Creatively

The more we stress about our problems, the bigger they get. Sometimes the best thing to do is let go of our problems.  Not to give up, but to let up – and make some “space.” Yesterday I took the afternoon off.  Even though it was during the week I decided to go on a date with my wife.  No blackberries, hand held devices or computers.  No email.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #32: Is There Anything Good About Men with Dr. Roy Baumeister (Part I)

Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast! In this week’s edition, we talk to social psychologist Dr. Roy Baumeister about his book Is There Anything Good About Men? How Cultures Flourish by Exploiting Men.

A Simple Story About a Jar of Pickles

This isn’t a blockbuster post, just a simple story that illustrates how frugality runs through many aspects of our life. When I was young, my father always had a giant garden. One vegetable that he always grew every year was cucumbers.

Gorgeous gifts without all the clutter

To keep wrapping paper from overwhelming our closet, I tend to buy a single roll of matte silver paper to use on all our gifts. Silver is nice because it works well for holidays, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and thinking-of-you presents.