happiness http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/688/all en-US Flashback Friday: 51 Easy Ways to Live a Happier Life http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-easy-ways-to-live-a-happier-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-51-easy-ways-to-live-a-happier-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_car_86320095.jpg" alt="Woman finding easy ways to live a happier life" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Life is too short to be anything but happy. Sure, we'll all face our own emotional ups and downs, but we should never settle for an extended period of misery if we can help it. Luckily, it doesn't take much to improve one's mood. And since ultimately, happiness is a choice, let's all choose an existence filled with joy, yes?</p> <p>Here are 51 simple ways to start living a happier life.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/happy_woman_smiling_000057527868.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-money-does-buy-happiness?ref=fbf">9 Ways Money Does Buy Happiness</a> &mdash; Contrary to popular belief, you <em>can</em> actually buy happiness. And you don't need to be rich in order to attain that level of happiness. Just be sure to make those happiness purchases smart and responsible, or you'll slip into the dreaded buyer's remorse.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-scientists-say-will-boost-your-happiness-today?ref=fbf">11 Things Scientists Say Will Boost Your Happiness Today</a> &mdash; Who knew taking a nap, or simply going outside could instantly make a person happy? Then again, it is the little things that make the biggest impact. Thank goodness for science, right?</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_63094547.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness?ref=fbf">7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a> &mdash; It's true! You can eat your way to happiness, apparently. Stick with healthy proteins, brightly colored veggies, and chocolate, and you'll be grinning like a goof in no time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-happiness-habits-7-ways-to-feel-better-now?ref=fbf">The Happiness Habits: 7 Ways to Feel Better Now</a> &mdash; Sometimes, all you need to be happier is a little movement and organization. Making to-do lists and exercising are excellent ways to reclaim your mood and set yourself up for a brighter future.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/happy_woman_smiling_000016994073.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy?ref=fbf">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a> &mdash; Don't let those blues drag you down. These are simple ways to turn that frown upside down, and they're also all free!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness?ref=fbf">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a> &mdash; Any exercise can cheer you up, but yoga, dancing, and hiking are just a few that are scientifically proven to do the trick. So get moving!</p> <p><em>What other simple ways can you boost your mood? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-easy-ways-to-live-a-happier-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-45-life-lessons-youd-give-to-your-younger-self">Flashback Friday: 45 Life Lessons You&#039;d Give to Your Younger Self</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash">Flashback Friday: 55 Brilliant Ways to Turn Your Junk Into Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-70-brilliant-ways-to-beat-the-heat-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 70 Brilliant Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks fbf flashback friday happiness happiness hacks happy happy life how to be happy life hacks science stress relief Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1752365 at http://www.wisebread.com Can Saying Thanks More Make You Rich? http://www.wisebread.com/can-saying-thanks-more-make-you-rich <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-saying-thanks-more-make-you-rich" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thank_you_note_000058962422.jpg" alt="Learning how saying thanks can make you rich" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're even a little bit cynical, you might be expecting a resounding, one-word answer to this question. I mean, since when did being nice ever get you rich?</p> <p>But there is good news out there for those of us who still like to see the nice guy win once in-awhile. In fact, gratitude has a number of direct impacts on financial well being.</p> <h2>Gratitude Makes You Happy</h2> <p>Gratitude has been shown to <a href="https://www.uthealthleader.org/story/grateful-ology">make people happier</a> &mdash; and happiness is known to have a positive impact on earnings.</p> <p>In research, groups were asked to keep journals over an extended period, either simply writing down neutrally what had happened to them, or trying to find the positives to be grateful for. At the end of the study, the gratitude group were 25% happier than the neutral group, and reported fewer physical illnesses over the period.</p> <p>A different study links <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-money-does-buy-happiness" target="_blank">happiness and earnings</a>, with research which shows that adolescents who report higher levels of happiness go on to <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/109/49/19953.abstract">earn more as adults</a>. There are probably a wide range of reasons for this &mdash; happier people take fewer sick days, build more positive relationships, and are able to focus more on the things that matter to them.</p> <h2>Gratitude Stops Spending</h2> <p>If excessive consumption is your downfall, then try practicing a little gratitude to get back on track.</p> <p>Instead of lusting after another gadget or handbag, make a conscious effort to appreciate what you have &mdash; not only will you rediscover old pleasures, it will most likely slow your urge to spend.</p> <p>Often the desire to shop comes about because of something known as <em>hedonic adaptation</em>, or the hedonic treadmill. This is the tendency humans have to slip back to an average level of satisfaction very shortly after large improvements or positive life events. So even though you get a massive pay raise, the enjoyment is short-lived, and you soon come to expect the extra salary. Similarly, the new phone you were yearning for is only truly impressive for a few weeks before you forget the novelty and start to think about your next purchase.</p> <p>Gratitude can help overcome this tendency because it slows down the pace at which we get complacent about what we have &mdash; and by cutting out the excesses of spending, our financial wellness gets an immediate boost.</p> <h2>Gratitude Promotes Great Relationships</h2> <p>Relationships flourish with gratitude, and relationships are how business happens. So exercising a bit of gratitude can be a boon to your personal and professional relationships alike, making you happier and wealthier at the same time.</p> <p>This dynamic in professional environments has already received much scientific and psychological attention. Studies dating back decades have shown that customers come back and tip more if they are thanked for their generosity. In one wonderful example (which I really wish I had come up with myself), restaurant servers handed over the check to diners &mdash; either blank, or with a handwritten note saying thank you, including a smiley face. This research showed that those who had written &quot;thank you&quot; on their checks <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1559-1816.1996.tb01847.x/abstract">received higher tips</a>.</p> <p>Because gratitude forges an immediate personal connection, it's a great way of opening the door to a developing relationship. In a work environment, that might be as simple as getting an extra few dollars tip, or it could be the start of something beautiful. You never know.</p> <h2>Gratitude Keeps You Healthy</h2> <p>Science shows you can cut down your medical bills by saying thanks. Seriously.</p> <p>Don't take my word for it. Professor Robert A. Emmons is the author of a report on the <a href="http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/welcome/features/2015-2016/11/20151125_gratitude.html">impact of gratitude on health</a>. He says gratitude &quot;can lower blood pressure, improve immune function, and facilitate more efficient sleep. Gratitude reduces lifetime risk for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders, and is a key resiliency factor in the prevention of suicide.&quot;</p> <p>Not only all that, but those who are grateful also report having a stronger social network that can support them when they need help, as well as improving blood pressure, cholesterol and heart health.</p> <p>Gratitude's impact on financial wellness is based on elements of scientific and psychological fact. It may sound far fetched at first, but saying thank you to others, and remembering to be grateful for what you have &mdash; rather than yearning for more &mdash; could really be the secret to unlocking greater emotional and financial well being.</p> <p><em>What do you think? Crazy theories or common sense? How do you practice gratitude in everyday life?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/claire-millard">Claire Millard</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-saying-thanks-more-make-you-rich">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-surprising-ways-bad-credit-can-hurt-you">15 Surprising Ways Bad Credit Can Hurt You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-opportunity-funds-are-the-new-emergency-funds">Why &quot;Opportunity&quot; Funds Are the New Emergency Funds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-surprising-way-birth-order-decides-your-money-habits">The Surprising Way Birth Order Decides Your Money Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-i-learned-about-money-after-getting-married">8 Things I Learned About Money After Getting Married</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-couples-fight-over-money-and-what-to-do-about-it">Why Couples Fight Over Money and What to Do About It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance appreciation gratitude happiness healthy higher salary mindset relationships spending habits Thu, 26 May 2016 09:30:18 +0000 Claire Millard 1717156 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways Money Does Buy Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-money-does-buy-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-money-does-buy-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_smiling_000057527868.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways money does buy happiness" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whenever someone tells me that money can't buy happiness, I am often tempted to insist they give me all of their money as a way to test this theory. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness?ref=seealso">6 Ways Money Really Can Buy Happiness</a>)</p> <p>Research abounds on the &quot;Can money buy happiness?&quot; question, and there is evidence on both sides. It seems that true happiness can come from deep personal connections and life experiences rather than material goods. But there's also information showing that people on the lowest end of the income scale are vulnerable to depression and other mental health problems.</p> <p>Here's a look at some of the research indicating that money does indeed play a role in making people happier.</p> <h2>1. You're Less Likely to Suffer From Depression</h2> <p>A 2012 report from Gallup revealed that people in poverty are more likely to suffer from health problems, with depression being the most common. About 30.9% of poor people said they have been <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/158417/poverty-comes-depression-illness.aspx">diagnosed with depression</a> at some point, compared to about 15.8% (half as many!) for those not in poverty.</p> <h2>2. Your Kids Brains Will Develop Better</h2> <p>PBS reported in June on the growing body of evidence supporting the idea that growing up in poverty can have a long-term impact on children's cognitive development. In the most extreme cases, children endure &quot;toxic stress&quot; that is shown to actually chemically alter their brains.</p> <h2>3. You Can Afford an Education</h2> <p>A 2012 study by Pew and the University of Virginia found a connection between happiness and obtaining a college degree. A broad education, researchers concluded, can lead to a richer and more fulfilling life, as well as greater earning opportunities.</p> <h2>4. You'll Avoid Student Loans</h2> <p>There's been a lot written about the impact of student loans on young people, and there's evidence that the crushing debt can actually be detrimental to happiness. An article published in the journal Social Science and Medicine concluded that student loan debt was related to &quot;poorer psychological functioning&quot; among young adults.</p> <h2>5. You Can Mentally Savor Life</h2> <p>When you have money, you don't need to focus as much attention on acquiring it in order to meet your basic needs. This frees up your mind to actually savor the experiences of life, according to a 2010 article in Scientific American. The article concluded that &quot;...a person's ability to savor experiences predicts their degree of happiness.&quot;</p> <h2>6. You're &quot;Buffered&quot; From Sadness</h2> <p>A recent paper in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science concluded that there may not be a direct connection between money and happiness, <em>per se</em>. But, the authors said there was strong evidence that money prevented sadness. The study concluded that people with money can more easily &quot;buffer&quot; themselves against stressful events.</p> <h2>7. You'll Be Free to Spend Money on Others</h2> <p>When you barely have enough to support yourself, you're likely not thinking about giving back to others. But being generous with your money is a path to happiness, according to a Harvard study titled &quot;Using Money to Benefit Others Pays Off.&quot; In the study, researchers gave money to students to spend on either themselves or others by the end of the day. &quot;People who had been assigned to spend the money on someone else reported feeling [a] happier mood over the course of the day than those assigned to spend the money on themselves,&quot; the authors wrote.</p> <h2>8. You Can Spend Money on Experiences</h2> <p>There's considerable evidence that buying &quot;stuff&quot; doesn't make anyone any happier. But paying for <em>experiences</em> offers a good bang for your buck when it comes to happiness, according to the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400077427/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1400077427&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=THZH4OREGTORUHA6">Stumbling on Happiness</a>. Whether it's swimming with sharks off the coast of South Africa or hang gliding over a volcano in Hawaii, experiences do cost money.</p> <h2>9. You're Less Likely to Be Lonely</h2> <p>A 2011 study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology concluded that people with meaningful social connections are generally happiest. And there is other evidence showing that people with less money are more likely to be lonely. The Guardian reported in 2014 that &quot;Poor social networks should be included as a contributor to and signal of poverty.&quot;</p> <p><em>Does money make you happier?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-money-does-buy-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness">6 Ways Money Really Can Buy Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-talk-to-your-friends-about-debt">Can you talk to your friends about debt?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-things-that-money-just-cant-buy">The things that money just can&#039;t buy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-refinance-your-student-loan">Should You Refinance Your Student Loan?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle education experiences happiness money poverty student loans Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:00:08 +0000 Tim Lemke 1621571 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_smiling_000016994073.jpg" alt="Woman learning things to make her happy today" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's be honest: when it comes to negative thinking, most of us need to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves. Whether it's traffic on the freeway or the weight we've gained in our arms, we are seasoned vets at focusing our attention on all the things that we wish were somehow better or different.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/love/Feminist-Halloween-Costumes-35742821#photo-35742821" target="_blank">30+ Fierce Halloween Costumes That Empower Women</a></p> <p>As a life coach and an inspirational speaker, I am constantly being asked for quick-fix tips for inducing happiness and reducing stress. My answer is always the same: if we want to be happy, we have to learn how to turn the volume down on our negativity and shift our awareness to the parts of our lives that are working, to thoughts and ideas that make us feel inspired and uplifted.</p> <p>The reason for this is that, unbeknownst to many, negative thinking is the number one cause of unhappiness in humans. That's right. It's not your lack of sleep or your cranky boss that is bringing you down, it's your thoughts about these things that cause you to be less than your naturally exuberant self.</p> <p>An incredible method for shifting away from the negative and into the positive is an exercise that I call &quot;The Flip Switch.&quot; The Flip Switch is a great tool for instant happiness, as well as for kick-starting our brains into the habit of focusing only on the thoughts that make us feel empowered and optimistic. If it is practiced regularly, The Flip Switch will benefit us emotionally, mentally, and also biologically (think endorphins, new neural pathways, and extra serotonin, oh my!) in our quest for happiness.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Free-Halloween-Costumes-35472600#photo-35472600" target="_blank">44 Practically Free Halloween Costumes to DIY</a></p> <h2>Application of the Flip Switch</h2> <p>When you find yourself drowning in a downward spiral of negative thoughts &mdash; or even just treading water in them! &mdash; this list is your life preserver. To stop negativity in its tracks, shift your attention onto one of the activities on the list below for a few minutes (or as long as you feel is necessary) when you first notice negative self-talk start to come up.</p> <h3>1. Listen to Music That You Love</h3> <p>Music is an extremely powerful tool for shifting your mood and mindset. Just make sure to choose music that energizes and elates you.</p> <h3>2. Call Someone Who Understands and Supports You</h3> <p>Hearing the voice of someone we love or a friend who gives great advice is always an instant pick-me-up.</p> <h3>3. Get Into Nature</h3> <p>My personal favorite. There is nothing that calms and soothes me more than watching a sunset or being on the beach by my house.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-My-Resume-Better-38831500" target="_blank">6 Ways to Revamp Your Résumé</a></p> <h3>4. Meditate</h3> <p>This is a great go-to when you find yourself already pretty deep in the downward spiral. When we are stuck in negative thought patterns, the first physical shift that occurs is that we stop breathing. Shifting our focus onto our breath causes our minds to slow down and brings immediate relief.</p> <h3>5. Laugh</h3> <p>Laughter is hands down the best remedy for releasing tension. Watch a silly movie or a YouTube video, or remember a joke that never gets old.</p> <h3>6. Exercise/Get in Your Body</h3> <p>When we are moving and being active, we shake up energy and shift our focus away from our mind and into our physicality. Even if this means running in place for 30 seconds or doing a silly dance in your office bathroom, I promise you will feel a difference.</p> <h3>7. Appreciate What Is Around You</h3> <p>Look around your environment and make a conscious effort to list and appreciate everything in your field of vision that you like. Maybe it's the way the man on the subway is holding his baby, or maybe it's the photo of your parents that you keep on your desk. Negative thoughts cannot enter our minds when we are in a state of appreciation, so appreciate, appreciate, appreciate!</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Use-Up-Leftover-Halloween-Candy-25696231#photo-25696231" target="_blank">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy</a></p> <h3>8. Make a Gratitude List</h3> <p>When you feel the onset of negativity, quickly turn your thoughts to everything in your life that you are grateful for. This high-vibe tactic diffuses the negativity and is like a reset button for your brain. I have a list I carry in my wallet of all the things I'm happy about &mdash; it's my secret weapon that I pull out and look at when I start to feel down.</p> <h3>9. Do an Act of Kindness</h3> <p>Studies have shown that giving to others elevates levels of dopamine in the brain and instantly boots feel-good brainwaves.</p> <h3>10. Create Your Own!&nbsp;</h3> <p>You know yourself better than anyone. If the items on this list don't particularly invigorate you, just think of the things that make you smile and do that! Eat your favorite food, look at a photograph that reminds you of an awesome vacation... anything that feels good is fair game.</p> <p>Some items on the list may work better for you than others, so choose the activities that excite you most. You will know when you have successfully &quot;flipped the switch&quot; because you will a) feel better and b) feel much more neutral about the triggering issue that set off the negative thoughts in the first place.</p> <p>Cheers to your newfound state of bliss, and happy Flipping!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feeling good about yourself and others is not out of reach. Drop the negativity and start taking steps to feeling happy today. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/love/Feminist-Halloween-Costumes-35742821#photo-35742821">30+ Fierce Halloween Costumes That Empower Women</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Free-Halloween-Costumes-35472600#photo-35472600">44 Practically Free Halloween Costumes to DIY</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-My-Resume-Better-38831500">6 Ways to Revamp Your Résumé</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Use-Up-Leftover-Halloween-Candy-25696231#photo-25696231">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-win-the-lottery-without-paying-a-penny-for-the-ticket">How to Win the Lottery Without Paying a Penny for the Ticket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-lessons-every-20-something-should-learn">22 Lessons Every 20-Something Should Learn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/review-bluebird-women-and-the-new-psychology-of-happiness">Review: Bluebird -- Women and the New Psychology of Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-want-to-be-happy-then-heres-what-you-need-to-do">Do You &quot;Want&quot; to Be Happy? Then Here&#039;s What You Need to Do.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Personal Development happiness health tips how to be happy lifestyle changes Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:15:21 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1602654 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Do These Things to Be Happy Today http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-do-these-things-to-be-happy-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-do-these-things-to-be-happy-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_smiling_000072270117.jpg" alt="Woman doing things that will make her happy today" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on things you can do today to be happy, ways to save time in the morning, and how to travel with only a carry-on.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Happy-Now-38831578">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a> &mdash; Music can help you shift your mood and mindset. Listen to music that energizes you and cheers you up. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-early-morning-time-savers-for-busy-families">7 Early Morning Time Savers for Busy Families</a> &mdash; Limit morning distractions. Having the TV or computer on can steal valuable time that you need for getting out of the house. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/budget-travel/how-to-pack-light-travel-with-only-your-carry-on/">How To Pack Light &amp; Travel With Only Your Carry-On</a> &mdash; Packing your essentials first will give you a better idea as to how much room you have for nice-to-have items. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3916/clothing-care-tips">34 Tips to Make Your Clothes Last Longer</a> &mdash; Treat stains ASAP to keep them from setting, and be sure to treat them the right way. Dish soap works wonders on grease stains, but it won't do much for ink. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/escape-scary-debt/">How to Escape Scary Debt</a> &mdash; Learn the tips and tricks of getting out of debt from people who done it&hellip;and survived! Check out Experian's #CreditChat on Wednesday, October 28 at 3 p.m. ET! [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/1025/How-to-send-your-kid-to-college-without-taking-on-debt">How to send your kid to college without taking on debt</a> &mdash; Talk to your child about going to a junior or community college for the first two years. They can transfer to another university for their final two years and be able to get the diploma from the university without paying full price for the education. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/cars/T009-S001-winter-car-maintenance-tips/index.html">Winter Car Maintenance Tips</a> &mdash; Keep a survival kit in a place where the driver can access it, like in a the glove compartment. Include a space blanket, whistle, plastic bag to gather snow for water, and a single-edged razor blade to cut up your upholstery for insulation. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/networking-tips/">Networking Tips For Introverts</a> &mdash; Prepare a list of questions to draw from when you meet someone new. Some questions will be applicable to most people you meet &mdash; draw on those when you don't know what to say. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/making-shoes-last-longer/">Making Shoes Last Longer</a> &mdash; A little bit of regular maintenance goes a long way! Periodically wipe your shoes with a damp cloth to remove dirt and grime, and keep them shiny with some shoe polish. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/part-time-business-ideas-for-college-students/">Five Part-time Business Ideas for College Students</a> &mdash; Many college students take part-time jobs, but it can be easier to accommodate a student's schedule &mdash; and more profitable &mdash; to start a part-time business. [Money Smart Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-do-these-things-to-be-happy-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-easy-ways-to-live-a-happier-life">Flashback Friday: 51 Easy Ways to Live a Happier Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-key-to-happiness-a-case-study">The Key to Happiness: A Case Study</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-someone-happy-today">25 Easy Ways to Make Someone Happy Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pay-attention">Pay attention</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-times-when-you-should-absolutely-quit">3 Times When You Should Absolutely Quit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips happiness Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:15:51 +0000 Amy Lu 1599961 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Small Changes for a Happier You http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-small-changes-for-a-happier-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-small-changes-for-a-happier-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_autumn_000007679392.jpg" alt="Woman making small changes to get happier" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on small changes that will make you happier, challenges your budget will face this fall, and a few rules for bringing less stuff into your home.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Become-Happier-36454534">Little Changes That Will Make You a Happier Person</a> &mdash; Give yourself something to look forward to on Friday nights, and it doesn't have to be a social event! You can take a bubble bath, make a dish that you crave, and other activities that you enjoy. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savingthousands.com/9-challenges-your-budget-will-face-this-fall/">9 Challenges Your Budget Will Face this Fall</a> &mdash; Home décor is a great way to get into the spirit of the season, but don't blow your budget on fall trappings. Instead, make DIY projects that use materials you already have. [Saving Thousands]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-rules-for-bringing-less-stuff-into-your-home">5 Rules for Bringing Less Stuff Into Your Home</a> &mdash; When you see something you want, wait 24 hours before you make the purchase. Having the time to think can help you realize that you don't want it all that much, after all! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/11-pet-care-tips-for-cold-weather">11 Pet Care Tips for Cold Weather</a> &mdash; If your pet stays outdoors most of the time, give them 10-15% more food to help them keep warm while it's cold out. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/simplify-the-car-buying-process-with-these-4-tips/">Simplify the Car-Buying Process With These 4 Tips</a> &mdash; Don't let the dealership's salesperson pressure you into buying a car on your first trip. Think about it overnight; the perks they offered you will still be there tomorrow. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2015/10/01/money-mistakes-to-avoid-in-your-40s/">Money mistakes to avoid in your 40s</a> &mdash; It's a good thing to have an emergency fund; it's a better thing to revisit your fund to make sure there's enough to cover your current needs. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2015/10/5-ways-to-control-your-spending-urges">5 Ways to Control Your Spending Urges</a> &mdash; Use the financial equivalent of a swear jar. When you spend carelessly, put your fun money into a jar as punishment. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.modestmoney.com/5-ways-to-make-quick-cash-that-wont-get-you-arrested/">5 Ways to Make Quick Cash (That Won&rsquo;t Get You Arrested)</a> &mdash; Go to schools, businesses and other places that might have a lot of aluminum cans and scrap metal. Collect the recyclables and turn them in for cash! [Modest Money]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/15481/how-to-improve-your-budget.html">How to Improve Your Budget and Make it Work For You</a> &mdash; When building up your savings, make sure you set away funds for future inevitables, like a replacement car, furniture, and appliances. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/creating-multi-generational-financial-security/">How To Create Multi-Generational Financial Security</a> &mdash; Here's one way to maximize your money when you (and your retired parents) need it. [Financial Samurai]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-small-changes-for-a-happier-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-small-things-that-can-bring-you-joy">100 Small Things That Can Bring You Joy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-be-a-better-person-today">25 Ways to Be a Better Person Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-improve-your-well-being-and-delight-the-soul">5 Ways to Improve Your Well Being and Delight the Soul</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips happiness Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:00:26 +0000 Amy Lu 1578573 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Tiny Conveniences You Deserve http://www.wisebread.com/15-tiny-conveniences-you-deserve <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-tiny-conveniences-you-deserve" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_sweater_000069294277.jpg" alt="Woman discovering tiny conveniences she deserves" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes the littlest <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-convenience-foods-i-refuse-to-do-without">everyday conveniences</a> are the biggest and most life-affirming. These are 15 tiny conveniences you deserve.</p> <h2>1. A Spare Sweater</h2> <p>Spontaneous trip to the movie theater with your friends? Boom, that spare sweater you left in your car last week saves you from shivering throughout the film.</p> <h2>2. The &quot;Undo&quot; Button in Gmail</h2> <p>It only took 25 years, but now we can <a href="https://support.google.com/mail/answer/1284885?hl=en">undo an email</a> we sent too soon, or accidentally sent as &quot;reply all.&quot; Saving face digitally is possible &mdash; and it's wonderful.</p> <h2>3. Sleep-In Sundays</h2> <p>The ability to stay in bed on Sunday, especially after an activity-packed (or club-hopping) Saturday, is the best feeling. What's more convenient than getting to stay in bed?</p> <h2>4. A Well-Timed Breath Mint</h2> <p>You're about to leave for that interview and you're out of gum. The old pack of breath mints at the bottom of your purse, or your fastidious friend who always has gum, saves the day.</p> <h2>5. Easy to Remember Wi-Fi Passwords</h2> <p>Too often, you go to your friend's house or a coffee shop, ask for the Wi-Fi password, and you're directed to a sheet with 80 characters. That one friend or corner cafe with a simple and memorable password always wins.</p> <h2>6. Neighbors Who'll Pet-Sit</h2> <p>Ever have a neighbor who loves your pet and is willing to feed and play with them when you're away? If not, you deserve it, because it is so grand.</p> <h2>7. A Tiny Park</h2> <p>Walking around the neighborhood and pass by a pocket park with a welcoming, sun-dappled bench and a place to curb your dog? Take it up on its offer of a lovely, convenient experience.</p> <h2>8. A Bonus Book</h2> <p>You finally stow your bags and drop into your seat in a cranky flop sweat. Then, you find a new book in the seat pocket in front of you. Now you've got something to read without buying the Wi-Fi!</p> <h2>9. Free ATMs</h2> <p>Going out without cash is an uneasy feeling: <em>what if we end up in a cash-only joint? </em>Stumbling upon your bank's ATM and not getting a fee is a winning moment. There should be a free ATM on every block.</p> <h2>10. Ice in the Freezer</h2> <p>There should be ice in the freezer at all times. What can possibly be worse for Friday night cocktails than mixing up a martini, only to find there's no ice to shake it? You deserve a cold martini.</p> <h2>11. A Shady Parking Spot</h2> <p>You make a sluggish summer afternoon trip to the grocery store, then pull into the lot to find a big tree-shaded spot near the entrance. What a relief! Not melting the ice cream in an overheated car is convenient, indeed.</p> <h2>12. Instant Tissues</h2> <p>Face tissues like Kleenex are so important. Ever been in the car when a sneezing fit strikes? Having some tissues on-hand always is something we all deserve.</p> <h2>13. Working Motion Sensors</h2> <p>Why do so many public bathrooms fail at this? You madly waive your hands in front of the infrared eye and the sink/paper dispenser/flush doesn't work. When a motion sensor does work, though? It's so nice.</p> <h2>14. A Pen When You Need It</h2> <p>That pen at the bottom of your purse probably doesn't work. Trying to type that information into your phone might look rude. That friendly face with a spare pen you can borrow is a saint. We should all be so lucky.</p> <h2>15. Naps</h2> <p>The holy grail of tiny conveniences is that micro-nap you get to take on your lunch break, or the well-earned nap in the middle of a deep spring cleaning, or the luxurious nap on the beach chair during vacation. It's the convenience we should all take for ourselves without fear or guilt.</p> <p><em>What some of your favorite tiny conveniences?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-tiny-conveniences-you-deserve">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-frugal-ways-to-reward-yourself-right-now">21 Frugal Ways to Reward Yourself Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-money-does-buy-happiness">9 Ways Money Does Buy Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-win-the-lottery-without-paying-a-penny-for-the-ticket">How to Win the Lottery Without Paying a Penny for the Ticket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-key-to-happiness-a-case-study">The Key to Happiness: A Case Study</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle conveniences happiness joys self-care splurges Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:00:32 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1521725 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 15 Things That Happy People Avoid http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-15-things-that-happy-people-avoid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-15-things-that-happy-people-avoid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_outside_000044868146.jpg" alt="Woman avoiding certain things to stay happy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the things that happy people avoid, how to get the best deals on Amazon, and a deliciously easy way to make peanut butter.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/15-things-happy-people-avoid-costs/">15 Things Happy People Avoid At All Costs</a> &mdash; Happy people avoid four-wall syndrome &mdash; they don't keep themselves cooped up indoors all day. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/shopping-smart/how-to-get-the-best-deals-on-amazon-com/">How to Get the Best Deals on Amazon.com</a> &mdash; Use Amazon Pantry for everyday essentials like toilet paper or soap. [Money Ning]</p> <p><a href="http://savingdollarsandsense.com/how-to-make-homemade-peanut-butter/">How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter</a> &mdash; It's super easy (and cheap!) to make your own peanut butter. The only fancy equipment you need is a food processor! [Saving Dollars &amp; Sense]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Have-Productive-Coffee-Break-37638038">12 Ways to Make Your Coffee Break Better</a> &mdash; Take this opportunity to get away from your desk and clear your head. While you're away, chat with co-workers and make smart connections! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><strong>In case you missed it:</strong> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-steps-to-finding-your-mortgage-lender">4 Steps to Finding Your Mortgage Lender</a> &mdash; Price is the main factor in your choice of a mortgage lender, so it's important that you do your homework and compare rates. Use a mortgage calculator if you need help! [Wise Bread]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/07/7-tips-to-keep-your-meetings-to-a-manageable-size/">7 Tips to Keep Your Meetings to a Manageable Size</a> &mdash; You need active participants at a meeting &mdash; not observers. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savingcoupons.in/blog/the-ultimate-checklist-for-safe-online-shopping-and-more-online-shopping">The Ultimate Checklist For Safe Online Shopping</a> &mdash; Don't just close the browser when you complete a transaction. Remember to log out! [Saving Coupons]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/6-things-to-tackle-before-purchasing-your-first-home/">6 Things to Tackle Before Purchasing Your First Home</a> &mdash; You may be eligible for assistance programs for homebuyers, so do some research! [Ready For Zero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/life-is-short/">Life Is Short: Toxic Financial Attitudes</a> &mdash; Life <i>is</i> short, but that's no excuse to spend like crazy. It's important to balance the enjoyment of now with consideration for the future. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-ways-to-entertain-kids-on-a-road-trip">9 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Road Trip</a> &mdash; Five your kids a map of the area you'll be traveling in and have them trace the route and mark the towns you pass. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-15-things-that-happy-people-avoid">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-easy-ways-to-live-a-happier-life">Flashback Friday: 51 Easy Ways to Live a Happier Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-key-to-happiness-a-case-study">The Key to Happiness: A Case Study</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-someone-happy-today">25 Easy Ways to Make Someone Happy Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pay-attention">Pay attention</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-times-when-you-should-absolutely-quit">3 Times When You Should Absolutely Quit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips happiness Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:00:55 +0000 Amy Lu 1508487 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 7 Behaviors of Emotionally Wealthy People http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-7-behaviors-of-emotionally-wealthy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-7-behaviors-of-emotionally-wealthy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_outdoors_000057044022.jpg" alt="Woman exhibiting behaviors of emotionally wealthy person" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the behaviors of emotionally wealthy people, why more restaurant chains are offering delivery, and ways to get more use out of your old makeup.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/07/7-behaviors-emotionally-wealthy-people-emulate.html">7 Behaviors Of Emotionally Wealthy People That You Should Emulate</a> &mdash; Emotionally wealthy people value their time. They do things that help them grow and satisfy their souls. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2015/0708/Taco-Bell-expands-trial-of-food-delivery.-Why-more-chains-are-coming-to-you.-video">Taco Bell expands trial of food delivery. Why more chains are coming to you.</a> &mdash; Taco Bell and other chains that are testing the waters with delivery services hope to attract customers who like convenience and want to save time. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/style/13-free-simple-ways-to-save-old-makeup/">13 Free and Simple Ways to Save Old Makeup</a> &mdash; Mix your old lipstick with a bit of petroleum jelly for smooth, creamy blush on your cheeks. [The Krazy Coupon Lady]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/5-Household-Uses-Denture-Cleaner-8116869">5 Surprising Household Uses For Denture Cleaner</a> &mdash; Denture cleaner tablets are great at cleaning hard-to-reach places. Break one up, drop them into the drain trap, and run hot water to unclog your drain like a boss. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/how-much-does-100-really-buy-your-state/">How Much Does $100 Really Buy in Your State?</a> &mdash; A hundred bucks goes the furthest in Mississippi, while it's worth the least in Washington, D.C. [Money Talks News]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/07/10/12-things-not-to-do-to-save-time-money-sanity">12 Things NOT to Do to Save Time, Money &amp; Sanity</a> &mdash; Cooking elaborate meals can be fun for some, but it gets time-consuming and expensive on a day-to-day basis. On regular weeknights, it's probably better to stick with plain, easy, and tasty meals. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/five-tips-for-finishing-what-you-start/">5 Tips for Finishing What You Start</a> &mdash; Narrow down your list of goals, projects, and to-dos and prioritize your non-negotiables &mdash; the ones that are time-sensitive and the ones that others are counting on you to finish. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://www.modestmoney.com/how-to-purchase-big-ticket-items/">How to Purchase Big Ticket Items</a> &mdash; Unless you need an item immediately, try not to finance your purchase. The monthly interest rates will cost you more in the long run. [Modest Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/financial-planning-basics">Financial Planning Basics in 9 Steps</a> &mdash; Make sure you leave room in your budget for building an emergency fund and retirement savings. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/discovering-your-hero-is-a-monster-one-moms-reaction-to-the-cosby-scandal">Discovering Your Hero is a Monster: One Mom's Reaction to the Cosby Scandal</a> &mdash; When we expect celebrities to be our heroes, we may experience disbelief, sadness, and anger when we find out they did something horrible. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-7-behaviors-of-emotionally-wealthy-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-small-things-that-can-bring-you-joy">100 Small Things That Can Bring You Joy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-be-a-better-person-today">25 Ways to Be a Better Person Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-improve-your-well-being-and-delight-the-soul">5 Ways to Improve Your Well Being and Delight the Soul</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips happiness Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:00:12 +0000 Amy Lu 1486503 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Times When You Should Absolutely Quit http://www.wisebread.com/3-times-when-you-should-absolutely-quit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-times-when-you-should-absolutely-quit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_ripping_contract_000061725482.jpg" alt="Woman deciding to quite her job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ask the average American about a time he or she quit something, and it's likely the answer will either be a dodge or some sort of self-deprecating joke. But as bad a reputation as quitting has, sometimes quitting while you're ahead (or before you get even further behind) can be the best, most intelligent, and bravest course of action.</p> <p>In fact, psychology professor Carsten Wrosch who has done research on the psychology of quitting has found that &quot;people who are better able to let go when they experience unattainable goals&hellip;experience less depressive symptoms, less negative affect over time&hellip;lower cortisol [the stress hormone] levels, and they have lower levels of systemic inflammation&hellip;and they develop fewer physical health problems over time.&quot;</p> <p>Whether you agonize over letting go of large or small goals, here are three times when it really does <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-must-do-before-you-quit-your-job">make sense for you to quit</a>:</p> <h2>You Are Worried About Your Sunk Costs</h2> <p>A sunk cost is the time, money, or resources that have already been spent, and cannot be recouped, on a particular project or goal. Sunk costs should have no bearing on whether or not you continue with a project, because the money has already been spent and cannot in any way affect the outcome.</p> <p>But something called the sunk-cost fallacy is a big reason why many people are unable to give up on a lost cause. According to Stephen J. Dubner, of Freakonomics fame, &quot;The <a href="http://freakonomics.com/2011/09/30/the-upside-of-quitting-full-transcript/">sunk-cost fallacy</a> is when you tell yourself that you can't quit because of all that time or money you spent. We shouldn't fall for this fallacy, but we do it all the time.&quot;</p> <p>For instance, a newly-minted doctor who realizes during his first year of residency that medicine is no longer the career he wants might stick with it anyway to keep from wasting all of that time he spent in school.</p> <p>What he fails to recognize is the fact that the time was &quot;wasted&quot; anyway, since he doesn't want to be a doctor. Becoming a doctor now would be wasting even more time because he'll be following a path he is not actually interested in.</p> <p>When you contemplate quitting, the only costs you should consider are <em>opportunity costs</em>. Those are the costs of continuing along your current path. For every dollar or hour or resource you spend in any endeavor, you have one less to spend elsewhere.</p> <p>Our hypothetical doctor should consider the opportunity cost of finishing his residency; he will have less time to do what he really loves to do. When he looks at the possibility of quitting in that way, it is clearer that becoming a doctor will cost him much more than just the time that has already been wasted.</p> <h2>Your Decision is Influenced by Others</h2> <p>When considering the opportunity costs of quitting, the waffling new doctor might worry that his parents will be disappointed in him for leaving the profession. That is certainly a valid concern and a real opportunity cost. But it is also making a decision based upon other people's opinions, rather than choosing what will make him happy. Unfortunately, many people give up their own happiness in order to avoid such social pressure.</p> <p>In particular, the social stigma of divorce can make unhappy couples decide to tough it out so they can claim they did not &quot;give up&quot; on the marriage. While divorce has a real opportunity cost in terms of others' disappointment and social stigma, that cost should not be weighted as heavily as the potential benefits and actual costs to the couple themselves.</p> <p>And the social pressure to persist can trickle down to much smaller decisions. For instance, I am an avid reader, but I tend to be commitment-phobic about starting to read something new &mdash; because I don't want to give up on a book halfway through. I feel an obligation to finish any book I start, but I honestly couldn't tell you why. I am not actually obligated to anyone to read a book from beginning to end. I would be happier and read more if I gave up this sense of obligation.</p> <h2>You're Not Enjoying Yourself</h2> <p>Whatever it is that you're considering quitting probably started off as enjoyable. Maybe you have been sending the novel you wrote to agents and publishers for years and have nothing but a stack of rejections to show for it. Now you dread sitting down to write and are almost afraid to check your mailbox. You're not having fun anymore.</p> <p>Often, what's going on here is <a href="http://moneyning.com/money-beliefs/how-loss-aversion-in-behavioral-economics-explains-your-irrational-money-choices/">loss aversion</a>. You have committed to the idea of becoming a published writer, and you're afraid that if you quit writing now you'll miss the big break that is just around the corner. After all, there are plenty of success stories of individuals who made it only after years and years and years of persistence.</p> <p>But if you have stopped enjoying the work, then you are committing yourself to persistence for its own sake, which is incredibly difficult to maintain. Letting go of the goal can help you be happier.</p> <h2>Quitting: The Path to Happiness (and Success)</h2> <p>Though it's unlikely that quitting will ever become socially acceptable, the fact of the matter is that becoming a strategic quitter can make your life better. Steve Levitt, the other half of the Freakonomics team, advocates learning to fail quickly. If you can quickly figure out which projects and goals are likely to fail, then you can strategically quit.</p> <p>That will help you to put your energy into the projects and goals that are most important and most likely to succeed.</p> <p><em>When was quitting the right choice for you? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-times-when-you-should-absolutely-quit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-easy-ways-to-live-a-happier-life">Flashback Friday: 51 Easy Ways to Live a Happier Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-great-reasons-to-quit-your-job">13 Great Reasons to Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-bad-habits-that-are-ruining-your-career">6 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-key-to-happiness-a-case-study">The Key to Happiness: A Case Study</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Career Building happiness loss aversion quitting sunk costs Thu, 28 May 2015 17:00:06 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1432587 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things You Can Do to Be Happier http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-be-happier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-be-happier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_sunshine_000049123168.jpg" alt="Woman learning what she can do to be happier" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on science-backed ways to be happier, things we tend to miss when budgeting, and supermarket tricks to get you to buy more.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Happiness-Studies-30444303">9 Things You Can Do to Live a Happier Life, According to Science</a> &mdash; Happiness really is infectious! Surround yourself with positive people and you'll feel happier, too. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/7-things-you-might-miss-when-budgeting/">7 Things You Might Miss When Budgeting</a> &mdash; When you set a budget, it's easy to forget about things like home maintenance and activities for the kids because these expenses don't come up very often. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/supermarket-tricks-that-get-you-to-buy-more/">Supermarket Tricks That Get You To Buy More</a> &mdash; You're more likely to overspend when you shop with a larger cart. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://pakwired.com/5-motivation-killers-to-beware-of/">5 Motivation Killers to Beware Of</a> &mdash; Failure can suck the motivation right out of you, and you're more likely to fail if you set unrealistic standards. [Pakwired]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-being-organized-can-save-money">How Being Organized Can Save Money: Organization Ideas For All Corners Of Your Life</a> &mdash; Take your mail organization to the next level by creating a command center for mail and everything you'll need when you step out the door. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0428/How-to-fix-these-three-common-credit-card-reporting-errors">How to fix these three common credit card reporting errors</a> &mdash; If you find incorrect details on your credit report, call the bank or lender that is providing the credit agency with the information. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/3-important-legal-documents-for-unmarried-couples/">3 Important Legal Documents for Unmarried Couples</a> &mdash; A power of attorney will give your partner the ability to make health related decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/smart-ways-to-finance-your-failing-business/">Smart Ways to Finance Your Failing Business</a> &mdash; Offer prepayment discounts to some of your bigger customers. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/10-signs-youre-committing-financial-suicide-though-you-dont-feel-you-are.html">10 Signs You&rsquo;re Committing Financial Suicide Though You Don&rsquo;t Feel You Are</a> &mdash; You're in for a rough ride if you decide to have kids before you're financially stable. [Lifehack.org]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-things-i-actually-want-for-mothers-day">6 Things I Actually Want for Mother's Day</a> &mdash; Unsurprisingly, sleep is at the top of the list! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-be-happier">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-small-things-that-can-bring-you-joy">100 Small Things That Can Bring You Joy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-be-a-better-person-today">25 Ways to Be a Better Person Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-improve-your-well-being-and-delight-the-soul">5 Ways to Improve Your Well Being and Delight the Soul</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips happiness Wed, 06 May 2015 19:00:31 +0000 Amy Lu 1414063 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things to Say Yes to for a Happy Life http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-to-say-yes-to-for-a-happy-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-to-say-yes-to-for-a-happy-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/two-women-talking-park-Dollarphotoclub_42232750.jpg" alt="two women conversation" title="two women conversation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on things to say yes to for a happy life, foods you should make instead of buy, and money mistakes to avoid if you want to be rich.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2015/01/15/yes-happy-life/">10 Things to Start Saying Yes to This Year for a Happy Life</a> &mdash; Say yes to making someone else happy. You can offer practical help, or just listen when they need an ear. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Foods-Cheaper-Make-Rather-Than-Buy-25387569#photo-25387569">10 Food Items You Should Stop Buying (and Make Instead!)</a> &mdash; Why buy pure vanilla extract at $3 per ounce when you can make your own just by steeping vanilla beans in vodka? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2015/01/top-money-mistakes-avoid-want-to-be-rich/">Top Money Mistakes to Avoid If You Want to Be Rich</a> &mdash; Saving money is important, but if you want to be rich, focus your energy on finding ways to earn more. [Quizzle Wire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2015/01/19/10-extreme-frugality-tips.html">10 Extreme Frugality Tips</a> &mdash; Only buy things secondhand. If you can find it for free on the curb or on Craigslist, even better! [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><strong>In case you missed it:</strong> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-social-media-saved-someones-life">5 Ways Social Media Saved Someone's Life</a> &mdash; When Michele Freeman posted a picture of her toddler on Facebook, one friend noticed that there was something odd about little Grace's eyes. [Wise Bread]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.financiallypoor.com/home-ownership/7-ways-to-improve-the-resale-value-of-a-home/">7 Ways to Improve the Resale Value of a Home</a> &mdash; Highlight the best parts of your home by placing different kinds of lighting at strategic locations. [Financially Poor]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/free-spreadsheets-paying-debt/">Top 5 Best (Free) Spreadsheets for Paying Off Debt</a> &mdash; If you need help mapping out what you owe, try using a free debt spreadsheet from Vertex, Squawkfox, or others! [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.doughroller.net/productivity/7-ways-harness-power-habit/">7 Ways to Harness the Power of Habit</a> &mdash; There are three parts to a habit loop: the cue, routine, and reward. If you want to change a habit, focus on the routine. [Dough Roller]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/uses-egg-cartons">9 Uses for Egg Cartons</a> &mdash; Use egg cartons to organize all the loose nuts, bolts, and screws in your toolbox. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-first-aid-skills-every-parent-should-learn">10 First Aid Skills Every Parent Should Learn</a> &mdash; Insect bites and stings can be treated with a cold compress. Don't use first aid creams or ointments if the skin is broken &mdash; just rinse with soap and water. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-to-say-yes-to-for-a-happy-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-small-things-that-can-bring-you-joy">100 Small Things That Can Bring You Joy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-be-a-better-person-today">25 Ways to Be a Better Person Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-improve-your-well-being-and-delight-the-soul">5 Ways to Improve Your Well Being and Delight the Soul</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips happiness Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1282662 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Start Doing These Things for Your Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-start-doing-these-things-for-your-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-start-doing-these-things-for-your-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businesswoman-happy-work-Dollarphotoclub_71129894.jpg" alt="businesswoman happy work" title="businesswoman happy work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on simple things to start doing for your happiness, ways to save money in the kitchen, and financial moves to make every year.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/12/21/27-simple-things-to-start-doing-for-your-happiness/">27 Simple Things to Start Doing for Your Happiness</a> &mdash; Start focusing only on the things that you can control. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.ncnblog.com/2014/12/21/how-to-save-money-in-the-kitchen/">How to Save Money in the Kitchen</a> &mdash; Invest in a slow cooker. It'll save you time &mdash; and you're sure to use up any meat and produce that are close to spoiling. [No Credit Needed]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/10-financial-and-helpful-moves-to-make-every-year/">10 Helpful Financial Moves to Make Every Year</a> &mdash; Update your resume &mdash; you'll be surprised how much you've accomplished in the past year! [Financial Samurai]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/four-tips-for-using-fsa-money-before-new-years">Four Tips for Using FSA Money Before New Year's</a> &mdash; You can spend FSA money on eligible medical products and procedures, like acupuncture and antacids and even LASIK surgery. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrush.com/dont-make-things-harder-than-they-need-to-be/">How to Start a Side Business Today: Simplify and Go!</a> &mdash; There is such a thing as too much planning! If you want to start a business, have your big picture in mind and just start. [Money Crush]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/10-ways-to-stay-healthy-during-holiday-travel/">10 Ways to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel</a> &mdash; Make a sleep kit to help ensure you get enough rest, especially if you'll be dealing with jet lag. [Mark's Daily Apple]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/5-proactive-ways-dependable-person/">5 Proactive Ways to Be a Dependable Person</a> &mdash; Always deliver on your promises &mdash; so know your weaknesses and don't make promises you can't keep. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/new-year-s-eve-party-ideas-for-children">New Year's Eve Party Ideas for Children</a> &mdash; Have a slumber party in your living room on New Year's Eve! Camp out with your sleeping bags spread on the floor, play games, and watch movies til the clock strikes midnight. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/2015-New-Year-Resolution-Printables-36316374">11 Free Resolutions Printables to Help Ring in the New Year</a> &mdash; Print out one of these resolution sheets and keep track of your goals throughout the year. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/12/24/minimalists-guide-budgeting.html">The Minimalist's Guide to Budgeting</a> &mdash; After you've set your financial goals, calculate your bare bones budget. What is the bare minimum of expenses you need to get by each month? [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-start-doing-these-things-for-your-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-easy-ways-to-live-a-happier-life">Flashback Friday: 51 Easy Ways to Live a Happier Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-key-to-happiness-a-case-study">The Key to Happiness: A Case Study</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-someone-happy-today">25 Easy Ways to Make Someone Happy Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pay-attention">Pay attention</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/take-one-more-thing-seriously">Take One More Thing Seriously</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips happiness Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1272942 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_63094547.jpg" alt="chocolate" title="chocolate" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling down? Many people self-medicate with food when they get down in the dumps, but that pint of double fudge ice cream isn't doing you any favors (granted, it's not hurting your tastebuds). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-scientists-say-will-boost-your-happiness-today?ref=seealso">11 Things Scientists Will Boost Your Happiness Today</a>)</p> <p>The next time you're feeling low, try eating one of the following foods, which are scientifically proven to help turn that frown upside down.</p> <h2>1. Chili Peppers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/red-chili-peppers-Dollarphotoclub_51133856.jpg" /></p> <p>Are you into spicy foods? That's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/24/281978831/sriracha-chemistry-how-hot-sauces-perk-up-your-food-and-your-mood">good news</a> for your mental wellbeing. Chili peppers contain two hard-hitting compounds: <a href="http://www.rsc.org/Education/EiC/issues/2006May/SpicingupChemistry.asp">capsaicin</a> and dihydrocapsaicin. These chemicals trick your brain into thinking that something is burning your mouth, which is where that &quot;ouch get it out!&quot; reaction comes from. But soon after, your body reacts by releasing endorphins and gives you a natural high. So go ahead and add some hot sauce to your meal when you need a little pick-me-up.</p> <h2>2. Spinach</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/spinach-Dollarphotoclub_71723946.jpg" /></p> <p>There may be good reason why Popeye was always so chipper. Not only is spinach high in calcium and iron, it's packed with antioxidants and folic acid (B vitamins), both of which are associated with good mood. One study found that low levels of folic acid <a href="http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/brain-and-behavior/slideshows/best-foods-to-eat-for-your-mood&mdash;and-a-few-bad-ones/3">increased risk for depression</a>, and more studies are being conducted about the effect of folate on mental health. Folate is water-soluble, so your body does not store it and therefore needs a continuous supply. Other foods rich in B vitamins include legumes, avocado, and broccoli.</p> <h2>3. Poultry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/roasted-chicken-Dollarphotoclub_66130868.jpg" /></p> <p>Poultry like chicken and turkey contain an amino acid called <em>tyrosine</em>, which is involved in the production of stress hormones. Some scientists believe that when your body is under stress, it can't <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/tyrosine">make enough tyrosine</a>. Eating poultry could help replenish your supply and help reduce psychological stress. Lean poultry contains a variety of nutrients and is a high quality source of protein, so there's more than one reason to have chicken tonight!</p> <h2>4. Wild Salmon</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/wild-salmon-Dollarphotoclub_49166527.jpg" /></p> <p>Most fish is really good for you, and salmon is at the top of the list. That's because it's full of omega-3 fatty acids. The coveted omega-3's are good for many things, including fighting inflammation and promoting a healthy nervous system. Both help regulate brain chemistry and bolster better thinking and a happier mind. According to a recent study, taking <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145">omega-3 fatty acids reduced stress</a> for medical students while they studied for exams.</p> <p>Salmon and other omega-3 rich foods are also thought to <a href="http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/omega-3-fatty-acids-fact-sheet">lower risk for heart disease</a>, ease arthritis pain and improve asthma symptoms, among other benefits. So what are you waiting for? Get to the fish market!</p> <h2>5. Tomatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tomatoes-Dollarphotoclub_66998563.jpg" /></p> <p>Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a phytochemical that gives red fruits and vegetables their color. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can have a surprisingly strong effect on the body, and has been shown to help prevent heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. Researchers are investigating the potential for phytochemicals like <a href="http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23977/good_mood_foods">lycopene to fight inflammatory diseases</a> and help negate their negative effects on the brain. Tomatoes are also rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium, and are just plain good for you and your mental health.</p> <h2>6. Garlic</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/garlic-Dollarphotoclub_69286967.jpg" /></p> <p>Garlic is often championed as one of the healthiest foods in world. Garlic is being studied for cancer and heart disease prevention, and promoting good cholesterol and a healthy immune system. Garlic contains chromium and other compounds, which some believe to function as a natural antidepressant. Dr. Henry Emmons claims that raw <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=j_Yxd9xnHAoC&amp;lpg=PA54&amp;ots=B3AmVlrgLf&amp;dq=%22the%20chemistry%20of%20joy%22%20garlic&amp;pg=PA91#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">garlic can encourage serotonin production</a>; depression is thought to be due to a serotonin imbalance. Studies are still being conducted on garlic's effect on mood and depression, but with it's anti-inflammatory and other beneficial properties, why not eat more garlic? (Just carry some mints.)</p> <h2>7. Chocolate</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_63094547.jpg" /></p> <p>I know, I don't need to tell you to eat chocolate when you're sad. Luckily, dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called resveratrol, which can also be found in red wine. Resveratrol is thought to boost levels of endorphins in your brain as well as serotonin. Studies have shown that <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24117885">chocolate can improve mood</a> states or lessen negative moods, and more studies are being conducted. Now, if only I could get the doctor to write me a chocolate prescription!</p> <p><em>What foods are your go-to antidepressants? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-smarter">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-it-so-expensive-to-be-healthy">Why is it so expensive to be healthy?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-supposedly-unhealthy-foods-that-are-actually-good-for-you">8 Supposedly Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You (More) Beautiful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-eating-these-6-things-your-diet-is-doing-nothing">If You&#039;re Eating These 6 Things, Your &quot;Diet&quot; Is Doing Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty food science happiness happiness foods health food Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:00:10 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1267799 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Why You're Not Happy and How to Change It http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-why-youre-not-happy-and-how-to-change-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-why-youre-not-happy-and-how-to-change-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/contemplative-woman-119638914-small.jpg" alt="contemplative woman" title="contemplative woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the reason why you're not happy, the hidden costs of cutting cable, roadblocks to avoid if you want to retire early, and more!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://want2discover.com/reason-youre-happy-change/">The Reason You're Not Happy (and How to Change It)</a> &mdash; If you tie happiness to some kind of perfect state, you'll never get there. Instead, be mindful of the tiny, special moments that you experience every day. [Want 2 Discover]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Airport-Hacks-35723248">22 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</a> &mdash; Bring an empty water bottle and fill it up once you get past security checkpoints. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/retirement/want-to-retire-early-avoid-these-5-roadblocks/">Want to Retire Early? Avoid These 5 Roadblocks</a> &mdash; Don't forget to factor in any taxes (or penalty fees) you'll have to pay when you start your early retirement. [SmartAsset]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/consider-these-hidden-costs-before-you-cut-your-cable/">Consider These Hidden Costs Before You Cut Your Cable</a> &mdash; Are you replacing cable with a streaming device? Check the price of the device and any installation, maintenance, and internet upgrade fees you may need to pay. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2014/11/24/1030083_dont-shop-thanksgiving-day-sales.html">10 Reasons You Should Skip Shopping Thanksgiving Day Sales</a> &mdash; Many of the deals aren't that great at all. They're just a way for retailers to get you in the door to spend more. [Saving Advice]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.credit.com/2014/11/spot-a-work-from-home-scam-101604/">How to Spot a 'Work From Home' Scam</a> &mdash; Jobs that make you pay money before you can make money are not legitimate jobs. [Credit.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/middle-class-afford.html">23 Things the Middle Class Can No Longer Afford</a> &mdash; With the cost of college these days, it's become increasingly difficult to get a degree without going into debilitating debt. [Credit Donkey]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/3-body-language-adjustments-that-will-change-your-life">3 Body Language Adjustments That Will Change Your Life</a> &mdash; Keep your head in line with your neck, chest out, and shoulders in their natural position. A straight back commands respect, and it's good for your body too. [Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/11/5-reasons-hard-grateful.html">5 Reasons Why It's Hard to Be Grateful</a> &mdash; If you're surrounded by people who are unhappy or dissatisfied, it's hard to not join in on the complaint fest. But if you don't want to be sucked into the downward spiral, you need to walk away from these conversations. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-ways-to-cook-squash">9 Ways to Cook Squash</a> &mdash; Squash spaghetti is a low-carb alternative to regular pasta &mdash; and it's tasty too! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-why-youre-not-happy-and-how-to-change-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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