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By Leo Babauta

Five Unconventional (but Brilliant) Hacks for Health and Wellness

We are all familiar with the phrase "work smarter, not harder.”  Unfortunately, the vast majority of us typically defer to our daily routines rather than consciously identify and implement potentially beneficial changes. There are few areas in our lives where this is truer than with diet and exercise. The good news, though, are a few small tweaks can lead to quick and sustainable results. Be

Thou Shalt Honor Thy Self-Commitments

Do you take your commitments seriously? Things such as verbal agreements, mental contracts, and self-commitments. Basically, whatever you’ve agreed to do, that’s a contract.

Secrets of Adulthood: What’s Fun for Other People May Not Be Fun for You–and Vice Versa.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood: What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you–and vice versa. This sounds so obvious, but it was a huge revelation for me. Even now, I have to remind myself that people go skiing because they honestly want to go skiing, not because they are made from a sterner moral fiber than I am. The fact is, nothing’s inherently fun.


‘Chocolate': alimento que, por natureza, é divino! Que tal FRITAR e exaltar ainda mais o sabor dessa maravilha! Assista ao passo a passo e leia a receita do ‘Chocolate Frito’! O doce leva um recheio de brigadeirão e é empanado com massa de bolinho de chuva. Impossível resistir, né amores!? O post CHOCOLATE FRITO! apareceu primeiro em Blog do Bom Gosto.

A Healthy Way to Aspire to a Better Life

By Leo Babauta I have a friend who is unhappy with his life — being in debt, lonely, with a job he doesn’t like, in a town he doesn’t like. I asked him what ideals he has about life that his current life isn’t meeting.

From an old floor lamp to a cool retro lamp

Materials: Ikea floor lamp (Dudero) How to turn your old ikea lamp (Dudero) into a cool retro style lamp! It’s easy and fun! I’ve had this lamp for a few years until I decided it no longer fits the design of my apartment. So I decided to give it a little makeover. This is a really easy and cheap DIY that makes a lot of difference. You’ll need three things: 1.

Uncluttering social media frustrations

Over the past few months I’ve seen various people complaining about social media interactions, with comments such as the following: My Facebook (or Twitter) timeline is filled with people saying horrible things. My aunt (or co-worker, college friend, etc.) shared an article that’s factually wrong. Someone is continually saying things I find abhorrent. What can you do in such situatio

How to Make Hearty, Savory Pasta Carbonara Using Only One Pan

Legend has it that pasta carbonara got its name from carbonaro — the Italian word for men who worked as charcoal burners. The hearty carbonaro were hardworking woodsmen who for centuries turned wood into charcoal by slowly burning it in kilns dotting the Apennine hills near Rome.

Four ways to save your relationship

When you are trying to get into a relationship, you often do not think about the challenges that may lie ahead. Once you successfully woo a boy or a girl and convince them that getting into a relationship is the best fit for both of you and it is high time, the first few phases are called the honeymoon period.

How One Family of Four Created Enough Passive Income to Travel Forever

This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) Sharon Gourlay didn’t want to stop traveling as her family grew—so she gathered up her two kids and husband, then figured out how to work less and have more time with the people she loved while seeing the world. Introduce yourself! My family and I left our home country of Australia.

Hack a PAX Murphy Bed

If you can’t decide whether your spare room should serve as a home office or guest room, a Murphy bed might be the answer. Its named after William Lawrence Murphy who applied for patent for a pull down bed in the early 1900s. We wanted a budget Murphy bed in a closet that does not take too much space.

Fantasies or Reality?

What if I told you, you could do anything you want, be anyone you want, buy anything you want and go anywhere you want and no one will judge or criticize you, for a day. What would you do? Who would you be? Where would you go? If this one day was your Everyday, you can actually live your Fantasies. FANTASIES AND REALITIES… Fantasy has a different meaning to each person.

How to maximize returns while minimizing investment risk

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Back in 2005, someone wrote that Priceline.com would be a good stock in which to invest. At the time, I used Priceline because I traveled frequently. I also knew of Peter Lynch’s investing-for-success strategy, which boils down to buying stock in companies you do business with.

5 Difficult Yet Surefire Steps to Lead an Exciting Life

As a kid, I indulged in games. Then, life happened. Everything became more serious. I then got my first job. Work was fun... for a while. After a few years in different positions, I ended up in a rut. I worked long hours in a stressful environment. The job wasn't fulfilling or fun. I was exhausted. At the week-end, I wasn't mentally present with my wife.

Podcast 38: Do You Hate Being Told What to Do? Maybe You’re a Rebel.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: For our upcoming Very Special Episode, Holiday edition, we want to hear from you: What is your Try This at Home for staying happier, healthier, and more productive over the holidays? It can be a challenge.