Happiness

Strangers Become Family at This Multigenerational Housing Project
by Kim Eckart
A unique affordable-housing community supports both foster families and elders who might be looking for a few extra grandchildren.
The Other Housing Crisis: Finding a Home in Rural America
by Melissa Hellmann
Thirty percent of rural Americans have substandard housing—and it’s expensive. But these communities are finding ways to give low-income residents homes of their own.
A Mom’s Plea for Library Books Brought in 15,000—And Transformed Her Small Town
by Jane Braxton Little
Lit lovers from all over the country—including authors Sherman Alexie and Neil Gaiman—sent books to reopen the rural school library.
Sorry, Trump: So Many Reasons to Welcome Immigrants
by Manuel Pastor, Magaly N. Lopez
Why cities across the country are rejecting xenophobia: They know the economic and social value of newcomers.
Thinking of Moving? Why Staying Put Could Make You Happier
by Kira M. Newman
A new book explores what it means to settle down and love where you live.
Celebrate the Urban Wilderness Right Where You Live
by Shelley McEuen
Throughout the country there are revitalization efforts to bring back to life long-neglected urban wild areas.
Three Things That Matter Most in Youth and Old Age
by Nancy Hill
A photographer explores what’s important when you’ve lived fewer than seven years or more than seven decades.
More Diversity in the Workforce Starts With Education
by Lornet Turnbull
A Seattle-area school aims to better prepare Black and Latino students for careers in math and science through its unique program.
Germany Announces Revolutionary Bike Highway
by Kelly McCartney
The country will soon unveil a massive bike path linking 10 cities and four universities within its borders.
Zuni Tribe Returns to Sacred Ceremony to Strengthen Community
by Michael J. Dax
The Southwest tribe is rebuilding sacred buildings critical for teaching Zuni youth the pueblo’s core values of community and devotion to collective prosperity.
I Was Supposed to Be Pretty, Feminine, Nice, and Straight
by Raye Stoeve
From a very early age, I had a sense of being gendered by the world. But I don’t feel like a woman or a man.
Spending Money on Others Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
by Elizabeth Hopper
Research shows that giving money away may be as good for your blood pressure as exercise and a healthy diet.
After a Century In Decline, Black Farmers Are Back And On the Rise
by Leah Penniman
These Black farmers don’t stop at healthy food. They’re healing trauma, instilling collective values, and changing the way their communities think about the land.
Retrofitting Suburbia: Communities Innovate Their Way Out of Sprawl
by Erin Sagen
The future for suburbanites, who now have twice the carbon footprint of city dwellers, seems to be pointing backward to pre-automobile, train-based living.
The Future of Libraries Is Bigger Than Books
by Cat Johnson
Modern libraries are essential in underserved communities as places where everyone is welcome to gather, work, borrow materials, or just spend time.