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.

This Is the Real Success Story of the Affordable Care Act
by Mark Trahant
Government-sponsored Medicaid and Medicare are efficient and reliable—and already cover 36 percent of Americans.
A Small Act of Scientific Civil Disobedience
by Margaret Beaton
Big science publications put important peer-reviewed research behind expensive paywalls. But some scientists have found creative ways around them.
How Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier
by Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner
Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature—or even watching it in videos—benefits our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions.
How to Resist From a Place of Love: Self-Care for the Long Haul
by Colin Beavan
If you want to sustain yourself for the work ahead, here’s some advice: It doesn’t matter whether the other side “deserves” anger.
What DNA Ancestry Testing Can (and Can’t) Tell You
by Zenobia Jeffries
The social justice implications of spitting into a test tube.
The Many Benefits of Making (and Eating) Chocolate Right Where It Grows
by Simran Sethi
Dried cocoa beans historically have been shipped to Europe and the U.S. for chocolate making. But keeping the process close to home empowers farmers and supports local economies.
Winter 2017 National Student Writing Competition: Your Sacred Place
Want a motivator to take your students' writing to a higher level? Here's an opportunity to write about something meaningful and for a bigger audience beyond the classroom.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" Middle School Winner Isabel Hardwig
Read Isabel's essay, "The Bullfighter," about querencias—and the trampoline where she draws strength.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" High School Winner Imogen Rain Cockrum
Read Imogen's essay, "Half of Who I Am," about her mother's war-torn, crayola-bright hometown in El Salvador.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" University Winner Valerie Hoffman
Read Valerie's essay, "My Dressing Room," about the office space at school that gives her the privacy and freedom to be herself.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" Powerful Voice Winner Saef-Aldeen Elbgal
Read Saef's essay, "Standing Up for My Mosque," about the precious guidance he receives from the Oakland Islamic Center—and his plans to protect it.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" Powerful Voice Winner Mara Peruzzi
Read Mara's essay, "Candelight," about how meditative drawing helps her cope with misophonia, a disorder that causes the hatred of specific sounds.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" Powerful Voice Winner Ella Vonada
Read Ella's essay, "Noni's House," about the scratchy records and soft chairs in her favorite house—where she'll always have someone to catch her if she falls down.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" Literary Gems
We received many outstanding essays for the Winter 2017 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard's Response to "Your Sacred Place" Essay Winners
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard responds to the winners of our Winter 2017 National Student Writing Competition.