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Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

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Incredible Clutter Transformations In the beginning of January, Leo Babauta and I challenged you to dump 50% of your stuff. More than 2000 people signed up for the Clutterfat Challenge and made a commitment to clear the clutter. Here are 2 remarkable stories of real people donating, selling and trading in their clutter for a better life. Six Categories Demystifying Business Casual: 6 Categories of Casual or Informal Dress Active Casual (page 12, Casual Power, for detailed photos) You meet friends for cappuccino after working out in the gym, running, rollerblading, biking, playing tennis, racquetball, golf any sport of your choice. Brain 'rejects negative thoughts' 9 October 2011Last updated at 18:14 By James Gallagher Health reporter, BBC News "Don't worry, everything will be fine," says the brain One reason optimists retain a positive outlook even in the face of evidence to the contrary has been discovered, say researchers. A study, published in Nature Neuroscience, suggests the brain is very good at processing good news about the future. However, in some people, anything negative is practically ignored - with them retaining a positive world view.

Urban Ghosts: 9 Ghost Stations and Abandoned Subways | Images: Gonioul , cc-sa-3.0 Ghost stations and abandoned subways are often considered the holy grail of urban exploration . Despite the grandeur and eerie mystery of many abandoned railway stations , it’s the hidden, lost places beneath that really capture the imagination of urban explorers . Some subway stations have been closed for so long that talk of them has become urban legend. This article examines some very real destinations, some of which haven’t been explored for generations. Abandoned subways range from shallow cut-and-cover routes to deep level subterranean platforms accessed by decaying corridors and seemingly endless stairways.

The Power of Why Simon Sinek’s TED Talk from TedxPuget Sound (Sept 2009) has been posted and is just awesome. He starts out with the question “Why is Apple so innovative,“ Why is it that Martin Luther King led the civil rights movement,” and “Why is it that the Wright Brothers were able to figure out controlled power manned flight?” He answers this by describing something he calls the Golden Circle: Every single organization knows WHAT they do. 5 Strategies for Decluttering a Small Space It is a lot harder to keep an apartment or small house organized and tidy — but it is critical that you do so. It only takes one pile of papers and one box to overwhelm a smaller space. What to do? Five gourmet condiment combos for your hot dog Need some inspiration to build your own ultimate hot dog at home? Aldo Lanzillotta, sausage connoisseur and owner of Toronto's German-style beer hall Wvrst, offers a few mouth-watering suggestions: Pineapple, bacon and jalapeno Grill pineapple on the barbecue until it's charred, then chop it up. Add some thinly sliced, fresh jalapeno peppers, and lay on some grilled bacon. DIY Danger Dog

How to Reduce Negativity In one sense, the battle to be happy is a battle against negativity. Bad things happen all the time but how we internalize them, how we react to them, is what ultimately determines their final effect on us—and over that we have simultaneously more and less control than we realize. More, because assign the meaning of events, not the events themselves, even though it as if that meaning is somehow assigned for us. Yet less, because we can rarely simply when confronted with a negative life event that is is, in fact, actually positive. To do that, we have to find a way to actually believe it, and requires a process of continual self-reflection and attitude training; a program designed to strengthen our life force, so to speak.

Tiny House, Happy Life? Imagine stepping into a house 25 times smaller than your current abode. For the average American, that would amount to 100 square feet, a space so tiny it feels like it belongs in a tree. That’s the way Jay Shafer has come home for the past decade. Shafer is considered something of a patriarch of the tiny house movement, a small but growing band of people who drastically shrink their living space in hopes of living a cheaper, less wasteful, and happier life. Shafer started building tiny houses in the late 90s, attracted to the idea of living with fewer possessions. » Finding yourself in spareness We often create an identity for ourselves using things. We have logos or slogans or cute catchphrases on our clothing, and it shows people who we are. We have tattoos or piercings, baseball caps, accessories, smartphones, designer bags, Manolo Blahnik shoes … and these express to others who we are. In our homes, what we have on our walls shows others who we are. What TV shows we watch, what books we read, what celebrities and blogs we follow.