Most Recent Articles - YES!

YES! has a positive solution-oriented focus. We reframe issues, reflect diverse human-scale stories, and offer tools for people to use and to pass along. Here are our most recent articles and blogs.

Quote :: E.L. Konigsburg
by E.L. Konigsburg
“Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”
Be Happy Anyway
by Sarah van Gelder, Doug Pibel
If money equals happiness, a financial crisis means we’re all gloomy, right? Or could the crisis actually work for us?
A New American Dream
by Sarah van Gelder
Does happiness matter when the bottom is falling out the world economy and the politics of our country is changing? We think it does.
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Theme Guide :: Sustainable Happiness
What makes us happy? It's a question we could leave to philosophers and poets, except for this: the pursuit of happiness, as now defined, is running our world into the ground. So the question that may turn out to be key to our future is: How can we have happy people and a happy planet?
Theme Guide :: Sustainable Happiness
What makes us happy? It's a question we could leave to philosophers and poets, except for this: the pursuit of happiness, as now defined, is running our world into the ground. So the question that may turn out to be key to our future is: How can we have happy people and a happy planet?
Theme Guide :: Sustainable Happiness
What makes us happy? It's a question we could leave to philosophers and poets, except for this: the pursuit of happiness, as now defined, is running our world into the ground. So the question that may turn out to be key to our future is: How can we have happy people and a happy planet?
Story of a Sign
Sometimes all it takes is a stroke of a pen. A beautiful film by Alonso Alvarez.
If Everyone Cared
Nickleback's music video reveals what can happen if everyone cared. You and your students will be moved to step it up and give your time, talents, and care to those in need.
Connect and Engage: Addressing Fear
by Jing Fong
Here are lesson plans and how-to resources forcoming to terms with false assumptions about immigrants, the current economic crisis, and walls that separate important relationships. Simply put, it’s about addressing fear with clarity and calmness.
Mix It Up
What if you ate the same thing every day? Same goes with who you eat lunch with at school. It’s great to have your favorites, but it’s also good to have some variety in your life.
Speak Up!
by Jing Fong
Six Steps to Speaking Up Against Everyday Bigotry Teaching Tolerance's Speak Up! initiative helps individuals stand up to everyday prejudice. Learn not only about injustice, but how to stand up to it.
12 Ways You Can Safeguard the Vote :: PDF
by Fran Korten
Recommendations of simple ways you can protect your own vote, and the fairness of the system: download a PDF of the YES! Checklist for a Fair Election - 12 Ways You Can Safeguard the Vote.
Guide to Establishing a Poll Watching Group
This is a step-by-step guide to establishing a group to observe elections held on Direct Record Electronic (DRE) voting machines. It was designed for poll watching in Georgia, which uses Diebold TS machines.
Don’t Ignore the Constitution During Election Season
by Kathleen Taylor
This election season is an opportunity to think about what the Constitution has given us, as well as what we ourselves can do to make sure it survives—not just in letter, but in spirit.