What makes us happy?
YES! Recommends: Project Happiness :: 7 Doors Project

Take your students on a journey of self-discovery that will ultimately lead them to understanding not only what is happiness for themselves, but also what is happiness for others. Each door represents a facet of your path to happiness, and hosts a multimedia array of interviews, photos, films, questionnaires, and activities.

Visual Learning: NYC Pillow Fight

Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. With this YES! lesson plan, you and your students can luxuriate—and pause—to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not).

Happy Teachers :: Reader Comments

The Winter 2009 issue of YES! investigates how to be happy … sustainably. We asked you about happiness in the classroom and beyond. Here is what your colleagues say:

Finding Happiness Beyond the Classroom

At 19, Chris Goodman has worked in the field of education for six years, beginning as a math tutor. Today, he helps inspire students in Baltimore to fight for their rights. This is Chris's story.

Connect and Engage: Happiness

These two top-notch resources offer opportunities for you and your students to truly understand the benefits of giving, and the strengths and virtues that make people and communities thrive.

Connect and Engage: Addressing Fear

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.

Connect and Engage :: Consumption

Resources to accompany the January/February 2008 Education Connection newsletter on The Story of Stuff and Consumption: Facing the Future, The Center for Ecoliteracy, UNESCO, and Redefining Progress.

A Life Lived Whole

“There is in all things … a hidden wholeness.”

When Youth Lead

Teens are uncovering the connections between health and the environment, discovering science as part of their lives, and taking action for their communities' health.

Urban Peacemaker

an interview with Daniel "Nane" Alejandrez by Sarah Ruth van Gelder

Universal Education

Instead of fitting people into the pigeonholes offered by the economy, how might education help students become self-confident, reflective, and creative adults?