Happiness

What makes us happy?

After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
Fresh and Fly: Denver Rapper Teaches Kids to Be Gardeners Not Gangstas
by DJ Cavem
For Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita, HIP HOP is not just a form of music, it's a way of life—one he's using to teach kids about cultivating the earth and eating fresh veggies.
Art for the Sky
by Daniel Dancer
Daniel Dancer's Art For the Sky is a unique, team-building activity for schools and special events. These enchanting creations on acres of land are a whole-body way of stimulating imagination and understanding the interconnection of people and all life.
20 Ways to Practice Gratitude
by Jing Fong
This mandala-esque poster is a happy self-care tool, and can also be adapted to classroom use.
And the Next Day, I Teach
by Aletha Fields
What calls Aletha Fields, English teacher at Iroquois High School in Louisville, Kentucky, to continue to teach each and every day? Friends, family, mentors, students, faith, and care for one's self.
Fried Onions, Feather Beds, and Intro to Chinese
by Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer
Here's a typical day at Brooklyn Free School.
Free to Be Me
by Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer
Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer knew she found her place to teach when she walked through the doors of Brooklyn Free School three years ago. See how Gia and BFS honor children's rights to be themselves and become the happy, healthy, and independent thinking people they are meant to be.
Visual Learning: Out of Character
by Jing Fong
This Visual Learning activity will get your students thinking about the intersection of handwriting and digital typeface, and the fate of cursive writing around the world.
Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffman
Psychologists recently conducted a study that found that meditation may make you more liberal, at least in the short-term. Richard Schiffman argues that the politics of true spirituality are more about balance than support for any one side.
Animal Odd Couples
Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.
What Climate-Driven Hurricane Sandy Teaches about Cooperation
by Sarah van Gelder
It’s 3 a.m. and the wind’s howling. Do you know your neighbors?
The Power of Introverts
Does society favor extroverts over introverts? In this TEDTalk, social psychologist Susan Cain takes us into an introvert's world, and shares why being quiet and contemplative should be acknowledged and celebrated.
Visual Learning: Gauze for Concern
by Susan Lloyd
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the foreclosure crisis in this country and what it might feel like to lose your home.
"Eating Together" Powerful Voice Winner Hanna Walker
by Hanna Walker
Hanna Walker is an eighth grade student at Cowles Montessori in Des Moines, Iowa. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With" by Katherine Gustafson. Read Hanna's essay about how the dinner table brings together more than just people.
"Eating Together" High School Winner Clara Lincoln
by Clara Lincoln
Clara Lincoln is a high school student at Capital City Charter School in Washington, DC. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With" by Katherine Gustafson. Read Clara's essay about the benefits of family dinners - no matter what form they take.