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The basics of water purification while off the grid

<i>Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by our friends at OFFGRIDweb.com. Check out their web site for more survival-related tips.</i><p>Whether …

Water Purification

What to Say and Do When Your Employee Has Another Job Offer

It’s normal to get a sinking feeling when one of your employees says, “I have something to tell you.” No manager wants to hear that someone on their team has another job offer in hand. But how should you actually respond to the news? Should you counteroffer? Or just accept that they’re moving on? …

Harvard Business Review

The Biggest Financial Worries For Middle-Aged Americans

“Middle-Age” can be a complex time for many Americans. While many people consider “middle-age” to be in the 45-60-year-old category, this category can start as early as your mid-to-late 30s. Middle-aged Americans are in their prime income- earning years, but are also cautious about saving for a …

Money

How to Set Up a Backdoor Roth IRA

If you set up a Backdoor Roth IRA, you can get your money into a Roth IRA even if your income is too high to directly contribute to one.

Retirement

I have 15 streams of income, and here's why you should, too

What would you do if your boss fired you overnight? With no more paychecks coming in, how would you pay the bills, put a roof over your head, and feed your family?<p>I know what I would do: nothing. Because I have several bosses, including myself. When you have multiple income streams, losing one is …

Money

What Can I Do to Improve a Low Credit Score?

<i>Readers: This is article 20 of 25 from my no-nonsense “Credit Card Basics” quick-reference series.</i><p>A low credit score can affect your life in more …

Credit Scores

How to Retire Without a Mortgage

A financial adviser lays out three options.<p>For many individuals, their house represents one of the largest assets in their portfolio. Yet hanging on to a home in retirement, especially one still requiring mortgage payments, may drain your budget.<p>Planning for your future mortgage expenses today can …

Mortgages

Happiness is How You Are, Not How You Feel

Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” For him and most of his contemporaries, …

Psychology

The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

What do you get when you cross a solar-powered LED lantern with a foldable pop-up box? The Solarpuff, that’s what! Created by the good people at …

Electricity

One of the world's most innovative architects just released these free designs for affordable homes

In January, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won a Pritzker Prize, architecture's equivalent to the Nobel Prize, for his commitment to designing …

Housing

Colorful Binishell Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete Cost Just $3,500

This Petite Cottage Will Totally Sell You On Downsizing

Most Popular<p>Creative Cottages<p>If there was ever a place that proved that small-space living doesn't need to feel like a sacrifice, it's the "Oceanside …

8 Miraculous Healing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar (No. 2 Alone Could Save Millions Of Lives)

Image source: Flickr Golden brown and slightly hazy from the fine fibers floating inside, apple cider vinegar may seem unimpressive at first glance. …

Apple Cider Vinegar

VINEGAR – Green Cleaning Household Superstar (# 3)

Our homes and gardens have become saturated with artificial cleaning chemicals in recent years. The rise in asthma and skin problems has been blamed …

Home Decorating

A Versatile Workhorse: Ideas for Using the $40 Molger Bench All Around the House

If your furniture isn't going to be beautiful, it should at least be versatile. Case in point: IKEA's Molger bench. It's not ugly by any means, but a …

IKEA

Designing for Small Kitchens: Collapsibles

When I'm working with clients who have small kitchens, it's always a challenge to find places to store large utensils—so I appreciate it when …

Design

8 Things Science Says We Can Do To Become A Little Happier

Happiness can be fleeting under the best of circumstances. Even people who are basically happy have periods when they’re not, and for those who are prone to depression, it’s always a struggle. The core issue with depression (or one of them) is that it hijacks your urge to <i>want</i> to fix things, which …

Psychology

11 TED Talks that will teach you how be happier

It's a fact universally acknowledged that people want to be happy.<p>The ideal approach, however, is far more of a mystery.<p>Thankfully, several TED speakers have researched how humans can achieve ultimate happiness and shared their findings with us.<p>Some of their tactics are surprising, and some are …

Happiness

Stop Chasing Happiness: 17 Alternative Ways to Live a Great Life

<b>“If only we’d stop trying to be happy we’d have a pretty good time.” ~Edith Wharton</b><p>I have a question for you.<p>What would you be willing to sacrifice …

12 Self-Awareness Exercises That Fuel Happiness and Success

An old African proverb says, "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm."<p>Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for success. How you behave and respond to external situations is governed by internal mental processes. Self-awareness uncovers any destructive …

Sports Science

101 Most Inspiring Happiness Quotes To Boost Your Soul

All of us look for happiness throughout our life’s, but unfortunately very few of us able to attain so.<p>Most of the time we see those people are …

Happiness

How to Manage Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

Do you know how to manage the only things we truly control in life? Here are some research-based insights on doing so.

The Brain

This Four-Letter Word Is The Swedish Key To Happiness At Work

Workers in Sweden are among the least stressed worldwide.<p>Can short coffee breaks spell the difference between loving and hating work? In Sweden, where workers are among the least stressed worldwide<b>,</b> the secret to happiness is a four letter word: <i>fika</i>.<p>The word “fika” is used as both a noun and a …

Sweden

How to be happy: follow these five easy steps

The key to happiness, according to the latest research, is knowing where to look. We’re conditioned from a young age to aim high and seek fulfilment in a better job, fresh achievement and further success – and yet these goals are more likely to make us miserable. If we’re driven, it may hold us …

Happiness

The "Power Breath" Is Better Than Deep Breathing for Relaxing Mind and Body

Most people are familiar with the technique of taking deep inhalations to relax themselves, but one breathing technique is more effective at …

Jane McGonigal

How to Change Your Life When Nothing is Going Your Way

<b>“The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be</b> …

The No. 1 Reason Most Personal Development Plans Fail

It is no secret that most individual development plans fail. I’ve been in the leadership development industry for over 40 years and I can tell you that statement is true. But after 40 years of teaching, training, observing and testing some of the best and worst leaders in the world I can also tell …

Leadership

Rumi's 15 Mindfulness Ways To Find Happiness In Your Life

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī <b>( Rumi)</b> was a 13th-century Persian poet, Islāmic scholar, jurist, Sufi mystic, and theologian.<p>Rumi’s philosophy depends on …

Happiness

How To Become 20 Percent Happier Through One Mental Exercise

<i>This post was originally published on Techealthiest.</i><p>Do you REALLY want to know an easy way to find headspace and live a happier life?<p>After helping thousands of New Yorkers achieve success with their therapeutic goals, I've learned a shortcut or two for finding psychological lightness and increasing …

Mental Health

How to Get Rid Of a Bad Habit (Happiness Volume 1)

We must have to admit that we all have bad habits. Bad habits are just a part of our day-to-day life. But some of those bad habits are not merely …

Happiness