Happiness

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.
How Aziz Ansari Helped Me Embrace My “Otherhood”
by Rupa Shenoy
Movies and TV shows are like the mirror American society looks into to understand itself. I didn’t see myself in that reflection until Aziz Ansari’s show, Master of None.
Maintaining Real Relationships in the Digital World
by Miles Schneiderman
Social media has become a fundamental part of my life. As an American in 2015, I am the rule, not the exception. So what does healthy use of these sites look like?
Where Have Our Corpses Gone? How America's Death Phobia May Be Hurting Us
by Liz Pleasant
Los Angeles-based mortician Caitlin Doughty talks about America’s tendency to keep dead bodies out of sight, and how that may be bad for our families and communities.
How Creative Finance Launched Worker-Owned Co-ops In Post-Sandy New York
by Araz Hachadourian
Half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, and owners lose everything trying to pay off the loans. The Working World lets co-ops stabilize before repayment even begins.
California Challenges Gender Discrimination With Equal Pay Law (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A Louisiana university helps solve the national shortage of black doctors, Uber drivers are left with car payments after a raise in fees, and Mother Jones explores whether mammograms do more harm than good.
Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City
by Larry Gabriel
The YES! Breakthrough 15: A decades-long revolution to rekindle the soul of urban neighborhoods.
A Lifelong Search for Real Education
by Julia Putnam
Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.
NYC’s Credit Unions Give Mom-and-Pop Stores a Chance, Despite Gentrification
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
They're a lifeline to business owners. So why do these credit unions have trouble growing?
Brazil Bans Corporate Donations in Politics (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A California tribe fights bottled water; an Argentinian province dedicates 1 percent of civil service jobs to transgender workers; and Brazil's Supreme Court delivers a blow to corporate politics.
Dispatches From the Edge of Change: Why Montana’s Fossil-Fuel Resistance Gives Me Hope
by Sarah van Gelder
Meet the ranchers, grandmothers, professors, and tribes who are bringing back grizzlies, blocking oil equipment deliveries, getting arrested—and having a great time doing it.