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By Mark Shead

5 Ways to Calm Down Before You Shoot Ballistic Missiles at Everyone

I came across the term “Ice Glass Method” while reading the wonderful book “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely. It is used for control the craving for excess shopping. In this method, the person has to put the credit card in a glass of water and then place it in the freezer. When there will be hunger for spending money, the person has to wait for the ice to melt.

Using batch processing for your professional social media accounts

Years ago, I learned a lesson from ProBlogger that has helped me effectively and efficiently use Twitter for my work.

Traveling the Eco-Friendly Way: On the Road with Ivana and Gianni

This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) Ivana Greslikova and Gianni Bianchini are two full-time travelers with a passion for eco-tourism. Here’s how they incorporate supporting conservation efforts in their travels: Tell us about yourselves. We are Ivana (from Slovakia) and Gianni (from Italy). While living in Germany, we decided to quit smoking.

Should gold be part of my portfolio?

This article is by staff writer Robert Brokamp. [Editor's note: This is Part I of a two-part series on whether it makes sense to include gold in your portfolio.] Humans have valued gold for several millennia, and that will likely continue. It is understandable, then, that a human such as yourself might consider trading some green for gold.

7 Tips For Introverts to Lead a Balanced Life

Introverts seem to be on the hot seat nowadays. People are acknowledging that certain people in the world prefer to be alone. They prefer to stay in on weekends, not make conversations, decline invitations to party and even, when they do indeed go to the party, be alone and leave early. That's your introvert in a nutshell.

Leashing the Black Dog: The History of Depression

A history of depression? Doesn’t depression just exist, like cancer? You can’t really write a history of cancer; perhaps how it’s been treated or diagnosed, but you can’t write a history of a disease in and of itself.

How to Join “The Amazing Race” for Regular People

Have you ever wanted to be on The Amazing Race? I’ve never actually seen the show—I preferred to focus on my own race for ten years—but one time J.D. Roth and I got up early to stand in line for auditions. After waiting for two hours, we were told that the line had closed and there would be no more auditions. Reality star #fail.

So Tomorrow Is a Big Day. At Least, For Me

Well, tomorrow is the big day.  After years of work, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives will hit the shelves.

Reduce visual clutter

Even when you have a place for everything in your home and everything is in its place, you still might feel like your home (or part of it) continues to appear cluttered.

The Principles of Active Waiting vs. feeling-like-a-loser, losing-your-mind kind of waiting…

I’ve learned a lot about waiting in the last while. I can’t say I’m a fan of waiting for what I want but I’ve finally learned to harness the waiting periods in a new way. Some might call it the virtue of patience, but I’ll never admit to becoming patient. I have a reputation to protect. Inactive waiting is total hell.

Getting Started with the Discipline Habit

By Leo Babauta What do you do if your life is a mess, you have no discipline or routines, can’t stick to anything, procrastinate, and feel out of control? How do you get started with the discipline habit when you have so much to change? You start by washing your dishes. It’s just one small step: when you eat your cereal, wash your bowl and spoon.

The Magic Button of Good Design

At least once a week I receive questions about the design process behind the self-published work I’ve made, in particular the three manifestos I offered a few years ago. “What software do you use?” people want to know. In other words, how do I “make them look good”?

How to Write Better Status Reports

In any company, small or large, clear communication between employees is critical. Everyone’s working on different things, and it’s vital that you’re able to update each other on the status of your projects.Project management applications like Trello and Basecamp make it easier, but sometimes you still need to write a simple status report.

Personal finance and the long game

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. When you think about it, personal finance is about playing the long game. Sure, it’s about other things as well. It’s about paying off debt. It’s about spending less than you earn. But when you think about it overall, it’s about making choices that are harder in the short term for the good of the long term.

3 Tips for Building Wealth

A while back, my husband and I took a vacation into the southwest deserts of the United States. We were driving through a particularly affluent area when my husband made a sarcastic remark about how much money everything cost. I was quick to join in, but then I realized that one of our goals was to create wealth like that for ourselves.