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This week: Brightening someone's day, improving ourselves, getting women to talk about money, sabotaging your side hustle, and making do with one less car.

1. Should We Get Rid Of A Car And Just Have One?

[Making Sense of Cents] “If we eliminated the Subaru, I believe we would be saving somewhere around $425 a month since we would be able to eliminate the monthly payment, maintenance costs, high personal property taxes, registration fees, and the cost for car insurance. That’s around $5,100 a year we could be saving!”

Unlike those who head off in different directions every morning, this couple works at home, so eliminating a car is a viable option. But even if eliminating a car isn’t an option for you, this post makes for an interesting read. If for no other reason, it shows how much a part of our lives our cars have become and how much they cost.

2. 4 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Side Hustle

[Personal Profitability] “I often have many people ask me how to get started with side hustling. I tell them everything I know, yet there’s always a myriad of excuses on why it’s not working for them. I try to suggest other things and give helpful tips, but sometimes the issue may be you (harsh, I know).”

The ways you can ruin a side hustle read like the ways you can ruin just about anything, including your relationships. They include not wanting it bad enough, not being willing to invest the proper amount of time, having unrealistic expectations and being unwilling to change. Check out the post for more.

3. Women Aren’t Talking About Money – Here’s Why

[PT Money] “A recent study by Fidelity Investments has uncovered some intriguing paradoxes about women’s relationship with money. Despite the fact that 92 percent of the women involved in the study want to learn more about financial planning, and 83 percent want to get more involved in their finances in the next year, a whopping 80 percent admitted that they have refrained from discussing money with family and friends.”

We recently did a story called 5 Myths About Women and Money. This post follows that theme by addressing the reluctance some women have to confront money issues and how they can develop the confidence and tools necessary to take charge of their financial lives.

4. This Just In: Humans Are Bad at Everything That’s Important

[Raptitude] “What makes us distinct from other species, more than anything, is that we’re able to move beyond being impulse-driven, self-interested animals, at least a little bit. We can reflect, we can refrain, we can empathize, we can plan. We can feel our impulses while at the same time understanding that they aren’t always leading us to good things.”

This is a thoughtful story about how we so often find it difficult to improve ourselves, yet expect those around us to be perfect. To use the author’s words, “Why am I so frequently appalled by how thoughtlessly other people park their cars, when I don’t think twice about spending thirty dollars on beer instead of feeding the starving?”  

5. 100 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

[Wise Bread] “Uplifting a mood can make someone’s day, and therefore, make his or her workload seem a bit more manageable. That, in itself, is good medicine. And anything that makes this life a little better for all of us is a good thing.”

From paying for the coffee of the stranger in line behind you to leaving love notes in your spouse’s wallet, there’s no limit to the ways you can make people smile. In fact, just reading this article did it for me. Hopefully you’ll use some of the ideas to brighten a few lives and be on the receiving end of some as well.

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