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Melissa Balmain

Melissa Balmain is a journalist, humorist, and editor whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. The author of Walking in on People, an award-winning poetry collection, she teaches writing at the University of Rochester. For more of her work, please visit


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How to Use Sad Visions for a Happier Now

Resist the impulse to fret about the gloomy future with this déjà blue trick.

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A productivity guru shares his time-management principles of doing less and living more—it’s efficiency on tap.

Sometimes a Tragic Tale Can Offer Inspiration...

A 22-year-old motivates readers from beyond the grave.

A Gratitude Habit to Boost Your Positivity

Be grateful when bad things don’t happen.

How Living with Less Can Give You More

Discover how people improved their lives by paring possessions, forgoing certain conveniences and downsizing their homes.

Talk to Strangers—It’s Good for Your Body and Soul

Learn the unexpected rewards of reaching out.

How Breaks Can Turn into Breakthroughs

Why playing hooky can be a good thing—if you’re a grown-up

8 Reasons Why Walks Are Good for Relationships

What makes strolling and bonding go hand in hand? Here are some theories.

The Leadership Secret to Supercharging Your Team

Boosting your emotional intelligence can drive team members forward, advises Daniel Goleman, who pioneered the field.

How Social Media Helps You Be Your Best Self

Through your online presence, you have the chance to reframe negatives and see your life in a more positive light.

A Love Poem with Wit

SUCCESS Contributing Editor pens new comic poetry book Walking in on People

9 Early-Bird Tips for the Habitually Late

Hate being late? Try these tactics for a punctuality makeover.

Beat Boredom: Get Your Game On

A puzzle guru's secrets for turning dull chores into fun games

Give Family a Taste of Workplace Etiquette

Family tempers would flare less if we interacted with loved ones as courteously as we do with folks at work.

The Power of Life’s Tiny Triumphs

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

The Joys of Hanging Out with My Elders

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

Savoring Moments

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

From Pooped to Pumped: Tackle Your To-Do List

Set priorities drawer by drawer.

Smart Phone, Dumb Brain?

Taking a mind-boosting break from technology

Fingers Uncrossed! Superstitions, Be Gone.

Kicking superstitious rituals, just in time for spooky season.


Confessions of a Recovering Multitasker

Thinking Inside the Box

Could constraints give you more creative freedom?

Practical Ways to Add Humor to Your Business

Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh offers his advice on adding laughs.

Cheezburger's CEO on Laughing Matters

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

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.

Reaching Goals: A Telling Tale of Two Teams

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

Home, Sleek Home

Clutter, begone--and stay gone!

Two Little Words That Pack a Punch(line)

Melissa Balmain's lessons from comedy improv

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.

Deciding to Decisively Decide

A "satisficing" resolution for the New Year

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

Bouncing Back

How people who have faced life's toughest challenges found the strength to keep on going-- and how you, too, can develop your resilience muscle.