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Melissa Balmain

Melissa Balmain is an award-winning journalist and humorist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney's, and elsewhere.

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Deciding to Decisively Decide

A "satisficing" resolution for the New Year

Home, Sleek Home

Clutter, begone--and stay gone!

Katie Couric is America's... Adrenaline Junkie?!

In her latest career tweak, Katie Couric hosts a talk show and busts through yet another comfort zone

Reaching Goals: A Telling Tale of Two Teams

What works--and what doesn't--when you chase goals together.

Thank You, Downtown Abbey-- I Feel Rich!

Think upon the unfortunate fortunate and you'll suddenly feel as if you own a fortune, as well.

Two Little Words That Pack a Punch(line)

Melissa Balmain's lessons from comedy improv

Domestic Travel Advisory: Enjoy a "Staycation"

Get a vacation high without ever leaving home.

Old-School Gifts: Where the Magic Is

If they're good enough for wizards, they're good enough for grads.

Thinking Inside the Box

Could constraints give you more creative freedom?

Cheezburger's CEO on Laughing Matters

Humor mogul Ben Huh reveals how to LOL your way to the top.

Practical Ways to Add Humor to Your Business

Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh offers his advice on adding laughs.


Confessions of a Recovering Multitasker

Fingers Uncrossed! Superstitions, Be Gone.

Kicking superstitious rituals, just in time for spooky season.

Smart Phone, Dumb Brain?

Taking a mind-boosting break from technology

From Pooped to Pumped: Tackle Your To-Do List

Set priorities drawer by drawer.

Savoring Moments

Ask yourself, 'What would an 8-year-old do?'

The Joys of Hanging Out with My Elders

Friendships with older people can be a shortcut to great life lessons.

The Power of Life’s Tiny Triumphs

Tackle bite-size chunks to end procrastination and get on a roll.