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119. JOHN GREEN: Make gifts for people

John Green (1977-) is an American author and video-blogger extraordinaire. He has written best-selling young adult novels including <i>Looking For …

Ira Glass

Five Ways to Make Friends and Get Along With Others

Tweet<p>Share<p>Pin<p>Share<p>In order to be happy and to get what you want from life, you need to be able to get along with others. Making friends and forming …

My Advice for Starting a Business

Recently I encouraged my 13-year-old daughter Maia to start a vegan cupcake business, and it’s so exciting to watch her get started.<p>As I talked to …

Unschoolery: My New Blog on Unschooling

One of my favorite topics to talk about is unschooling. I talk about it with every new parent I know.<p>And so, because it excites me so much, I’ve …

The Thinking Habit That Changed My Life

I remember one evening, when my life was pretty different and I was overweight and deeply in debt and a smoker and had such a hard time changing …

My Pursuit of the Art of Living

For many years I simply lived, and got by.<p>But in the last few years, after learning a bit about habits and mindfulness and simplicity and love, I …

Mindfulness

Freeze and Use Squeezed Out Lemons to Keep Other Foods Fresh

Once you've squeezed all the juice out of a lemon, resist the urge to toss it out or down the garbage disposal (although that'll keep it fresh too). …

Food Preservation

The Logic Behind 19 Common Interview Questions

Go on enough job interviews and you'll quickly learn most interviewers ask the same things. But what are employers really looking for when they ask …

Employment

How to Develop the Hireable Skills You'll Actually Need After College

When I went to university I ended up in a discipline (Sociology) that I surprisingly loved. It changed my perspective on the world and was overall a …

How You Work: Daily Planners, Better Sleep, and Productivity Systems

Dr. Doug Belshaw is a former teacher who currently works on Open Badges and a new Web Literacy Standard for the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. He's …

The Things Nobody Tells You About Grief

I’m on countdown mode. It’s been almost a year without my mom. In my head, this breaks down into hundreds of phone calls, cups of tea, and hugs and …

Mini Tasker is a Streamlined but Powerful Automation Tool for Android

Android (4.0+): Not to be confused with Tasker itself, Mini Tasker is another automation app for Android that can essentially "Do X whenever Y …

Apps

Be a Networking "Matchmaker" to Build Your Contacts

When it comes to networking, you can never have too many friends. Everyone else is in the same boat, though. Make that work for you by being a …

Networking

The Best Weather App for iPhone

The iPhone has a remarkable number of weather app options, and you’ll find a ton that suit different needs depending on what you want. That said, one …

10 Common Tech Questions (and Their High Tech Explanations)

There are certain problems we all deal with every day, but don’t know why. Why do I need to keep resetting my router? Do I have a virus? What happens …

Android Phones

Prioritize Momentum Over Minutiae to Stay Productive

It's going to bug you all day when that one little detail isn't quite perfect. If you want to get things done, though, let it bug you.<p>As tips blog …

Time Management

Classic Leadership Skills You Should Apply to Your Social Life

What makes a great leader makes a great friend. Nobody wants to think of their social life as a business that needs management, but many of the best …

Imagine Three Different Futures to Help You Make Better Decisions

When I think of my future, it’s reasonably bright, but I think it’s realistic. I envision my children growing older. I envision one of them–and I’m …

Personal Finance

Remove Makeup With Olive Oil

You know how it goes. I don't because I don't wear makeup, but I have it on good authority that there are occasions when you need to remove makeup …

Olive Oil

How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy Now That Old Posts Are Searchable

As of yesterday, Facebook Graph Search has officially opened its big, omniscient arms to every last check-in, status update, note, and comment you've …

Privacy

FreedomPop Now Offers Completely Free Mobile Phone Service

Free voice calls, free texts, free data. Yes, really. FreedomPop, which started out offering free mobile internet access, now is launching the first …

Mobile

Quickly Test If It's Time to Buy a New Pillow

Pillows have a limited lifespan. If you can't remember the last time you replaced yours and want to quickly see if it's time for a new one, try this …

Make a Kite out of an Old Umbrella

Perhaps you've always wanted a fancy delta kite but just didn't want to invest the $30-40 necessary to acquire one of quality. (Or maybe you'll just …

DIY

Why You Should Hold a Mock Interview with a Friend for a Job You Want

We've noted in the past that a little roleplaying can help you out when preparing for an important job interview, but common thought puts you in the …

Job Interviews

How to Find Your Best Budget Strategy and Stick With It

I used to cringe at the mere mention of budgeting. As far as I knew having a budget meant filling out a spreadsheet–and that was something I’d tried …

Give Better Presentations by Thinking of Yourself as a Mentor

One of the biggest challenges when giving a presentation or speaking in public is feeling self-conscious. Similarly, the worst presenters seem too …

I'm Omer Perchik, and This Is the Story Behind Any.do

There are tons of to-do list managers out there, but Any.do is one of the best. It's easy to use, nice to look at, and quickly syncs to-dos across …

Apps

Adult Budgeting 101: How to Create Your First Budget In the Real World

Financial advice isn't an exact science, so it's hard to really sift through the cruft and know what you should do with <i>your</i> money—especially if …

Personal Finance

How Can I Help a Friend Who Seems Depressed?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>My friend hasn’t been herself lately. She seems terribly sad and withdrawn, and I don’t know how to help her. What’s the best way to …