Happiness

“Localization is the Economics of Happiness”
by Brooke Jarvis
We know what makes us happy—but too often our economic decisions stand in the way. Helena Norberg-Hodge, director of the Economics of Happiness, on how to change all that.
Lentils and Justice for All
by Christa Hillstrom
It all begins with food: How to restore the health and wealth of inner-city communities.
Corporate Control? Not in These Communities
by Allen D. Kanner
Municipalities across the country are passing ordinances reclaiming their citizens' rights from corporate interests.
5 Ways to Help Your Community Go Local
by Jeff Milchen
Buy Independent and Buy Local campaigns have a big effect, according to a new survey of independent businesses. Here's how you can reap the benefits for your local economy.
How to Be a Car-Free Family
by Angela and Dorea Vierling-Claassen
Tired of paying car insurance, sitting in traffic jams, and guzzling too much gas? Advice for finally moving beyond the car.
Inez Killingsworth: Fighting Foreclosures
How one outspoken resident is helping Cleveland's families keep their homes.
One of Many Detroits
by Anonymous
Photo essay: "The people of this city are not abstractions." An anonymous Detroit photographer shares a view of the city that the mainstream media doesn't cover.
Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?
by Sarah Byrnes, Chuck Collins
This isn't a future you can, or should, face alone. How to make sure you don't have to.
Microcredit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
by David Korten
Unraveling the confusion behind microcredit: how some models help alleviate poverty, while others exploit the poor to make the rich richer.
Food for a Rooted Future
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
In the Philippines, a new kind of conventional wisdom about food: chemical free, community strong.
A Car-Free Street in Queens
Parents, children, painters, and teens now have a community play space in their Jackson Heights neighborhood.
North Dakota: Banking on the Locals
Video: David Brancaccio visits a bank that is invested in its community.
Confessions of a Local Supremacist
by Shannon Hayes
What I learned about community when I finally welcomed newcomers into mine.
Learning to Live on Less
by Sarah Byrnes
Connie Allen started a support group for friends adjusting to smaller incomes.
The Good Life? It’s Close to Home
by John McKnight and Peter Block
Rebuilding families and neighborhoods around the gifts each of us offers.