Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: How rich people get that way, when not to send email, how to feel healthier for little or nothing, saving on skiing, and how to feel better about life in five minutes a day.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. The 5-Minute Gratitude Exercise That’s Transformed my Life

[The Empowered Dollar] “It wasn’t until I started my gratitude exercise that I realized I could actually affect how happy, wealthy and joyfully satisfied I felt. It’s made me a happier person. And when it comes to money, it’s helped me feel wealthier. I feel like I have enough. I feel less tempted to buy new things. I feel grateful for what I have. I start my days thinking of how much I have, versus what I lack.”

So what is this miracle five-minute exercise that’s changed this author’s life? It’s simply to think about the things you’re grateful for when you’re taking your morning shower. Does it work? I’ll tell you tomorrow morning, but it can’t hurt. Check out the post for details.

2. 8 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Ski or Snowboard Trip

[The Penny Hoarder] “Whether you’re planning an epic ski trip to a faraway destination or just want to save a little cash on the local hill, use these strategies to keep more hard-earned money in your pocket while you’re chasing the powder.”

Confession time: I chose this article because I’m heading for Steamboat Springs, Colo., in a couple of months and, as anyone who’s been skiing knows, it’s not exactly cheap thrills. So what did I learn? That lesser-known slopes are less expensive (too late for me), going off-peak is cheaper, eating slopeside isn’t, and a half-day lift ticket may be enough. (For me? You bet.) Before you hit the slopes, hit the other tips in this article.

3. Thrifty Things You Can Do to Feel Better

[Three Thrifty Guys] “As I found out, sometimes feeling better doesn’t take a whole lot of effort or money. For me, just changing my diet was one of the best things I’ve done and helped improve my health tremendously. I’ve been thinking about other – sometimes overlooked – little things we can do to make our lives healthier and better. Here’s a few that I’ve come across that I hope benefit you.”

Using more pillows when you sleep, removing the wallet from your back pocket, using less sugar and drinking green tea are some of the tips this author provides to feel healthier for little or nothing. See the story for more.

4. Never Ever Send Last-Minute Emails

[Time Management Ninja] “In fact, email is the new snail mail. It is slow. People read it infrequently. And they respond even less. If you want something done quickly, don’t send an email.”

This article recounts the story of someone who was going to be late to a meeting and sent an email notifying other attendees, but did it two minutes before the meeting began. Result? Nobody saw the email so nobody knew what had happened to him.

I don’t know about you, but I see this type of behavior a lot. For some reason, now that we have email and texting, we seem to be allergic to actually picking up the phone and talking to someone.

Email is not only terrible for timely tasks, it’s also a horrible way to discuss complex ones. Read this post, then put the advice into practice. Please.

5. 5 Money Truths the Rich Live By (and You Should Too)

[Wise Bread] “We now know it’s no longer true that you must inherit wealth, obtain an Ivy League degree, or make soul-crushing sacrifices in order to get rich, yet so few of us ever do. We also know that not many people get rich by earning a steady paycheck, being frugal, and saving diligently. So, what are the secrets the rich used to get there?”

I wrote a story four years ago called “The 10 Commandments of Wealth and Happiness,” so I had to check this one out. Nearly all of the things mentioned here I also highlighted, but it’s still worth checking out. Tips include doing what you love, investing for the long term and avoiding debt. Check out the post for more.

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