Happiness

The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America
by Marcus Harrison Green
In Chicago, low-income kids don’t usually have the opportunity to travel outside their own neighborhoods. My Block, My Hood, My City is changing that.
Why Massive Snowstorms and Stranded Cars Make Us So Happy
by Colin Beavan
With cars stuck under mounds of snow, city streets become safe public spaces for people. So why wait for a blizzard?
Does Baltimore #BlackLivesMatter Activist Have a Shot at Becoming Mayor?
by Yessenia Funes
Activists turned politicians are nothing new. Just look at Bernie Sanders.
In Photos: 50 Years in a Housing Project Through the Eyes of Kids Who Lived There
by Alexa Mills
Thanks to Polaroid and a basement arts center, the kids of Newtowne Court have built a photographic monument to their neighborhood since the 1960s.
Cancel Black History Month? Watch Kids Respond to Fox News’ Latest
by YES! Staff
Here’s what happened when a group of kids heard what Stacey Dash said about Black History Month.
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison Green
As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.
Girl Power in West Africa Comes From Tradition—and Wrestling
by Lindsey Weedston
Female wrestling champion Isabelle Sambou is inspiring a new generation of girls to compete in a sport long dominated by men.
A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
How One Affluent Town Helps Its Neediest Students Get Into (and Stay In) College
by Kirk Carapezza
In New England, a community program matches college-savvy parents with first-generation college-bound students to help them navigate the overwhelming application process.
6 Cities Designing for Health
by Anna Clark
From Detroit to Edinburgh, these cities are helping residents live more healthful and equitable lives.
A Neighborhood Revolution in a Pot of Soup
by Shelley McEuen
After living in the same town for 14 years, I decided it was finally time to meet my neighbors. My secret? Soup night.
What’s the New Economy Look Like? Here’s What Our Artists Did With Your Ideas
by Kate Aronoff
Pictures of windmills and farmers markets are great, but they don’t capture the diversity and radicalism of the movement. So we asked readers like you for poster ideas and handed them over to two of our favorite artists.
How Strong Friendships Defy Dementia
by Marcus Harrison Green
The Momentia movement uses strong social ties to ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The Earthships Have Landed: Inside New Mexico's Off-Grid Community Made from Trash
by YES! Staff
People who live in this desert community say their homes can serve as a model for how society can function happily without the infrastructure and modern systems we’ve come to expect.
It’s OK If Winter Makes You Sad
by Jason Marsh
Four scientific strategies for an emotionally authentic holiday season.