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.

Readers Forum
Readers’ letters on the Fall 2008 Purple America Issue of YES! Magazine.
No Foreclosures Here
by Holly Sklar
With the housing crisis nationwide driving struggling families from their homes, Boston’s creative Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative shows how communities can hold their ground.
Beyond the Bailout: Agenda for a New Economy
by David Korten
The financial crisis has put to rest the myths that our economic institutions are sound and markets work best when deregulated, says David Korten. Our economic institutions have failed, not only financially, but also socially and environmentally. This, combined with the election of a new president with a mandate for change, creates an opportune moment to rethink and redesign.
Sustainable Happiness :: About the Cover
by Betty Udesen
Dee Williams in her 84-square-foot home. Photographed by Betty Udesen for
How Thankful Are You?
by Stephen Post, Mike McCullough
The more grateful you are, the happier. Want to know your gratitude score? Take the test.
Blessings Revealed
by Puanani Burgess
Puanani Burgess tells the story of one student with a gift—a gift our schools are not cultivating.
This is Your Brain on Bliss
by Matthieu Ricard
After 2,000 years of practice, Buddhist monksknow that one secret to happiness is simply to put your mind to it.
Grief’s Hidden Gift
by Wendy Call
What I learned about happiness during my mom's last days with cancer.
Living Large in a Tiny House
by Carol Estes
Dee Williams doesn't need a big house to be happy. Instead she found happiness in a 84-square foot house on wheels.
The Story of Stuff :: Another Way
by Annie Leonard
See The Story of Stuff, read our review of the film, and explore our selected YES! articles that address the complex issues that relate to our materials economy and how we can choose to live differently.
Christmas with No Presents?
by Colin Beavan
"No Impact Man" suspected the holidays would be just as merry without all the stuff.
Rescue the Planet
by Stephanie McMillan
Stop this happiness! Before it’s too late.
The Good Life Doesn’t Have to Cost the Planet
by Andrew Simms, Joe Smith
What if you woke up one day to find that humans eventually did make the right decisions, and those decisions had all the right effects and, well, the world turned out to be a pretty cool place.
Life Reclaimed
by Madeline Ostrander
After growing up amid violence and harassment, Jarid Manos found a way out for himself and for troubled youth—restoring prairie ecosystems.
Having a Voice Makes People Happy
by Frances Moore Lappe
Most human beings are not couch potatoes and whiners. We are doers and creators. In fact, humans need to 'make a dent.'