Happiness

Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Riches
by Stacey Kennelly
A series of studies shows that wealth doesn’t make us happier—but the respect of others does.
Paragliding Africa
How one photographer captured the continent from the sky—with a fan strapped to his back.
Carbon Neutrality: It’s Technically Possible
by Richard Conlin
The technology to achieve carbon neutrality exists, or could in the near future. What has to happen to put those capabilities in play?
Life Is Easier With Friends Next Door
by Sven Eberlein
Feeling a need for community? Cohousing can provide affordable space and neighbors to share it with.
How I Learned to Love My Hometown
by Mindy Fullilove, Molly Rose Kaufman
A sense of history and community tugged at the heart of Mindy Fullilove and pulled her back to the Jersey home she’d forsaken.
In Praise of Vacant Lots
by Jay Walljasper
Jay Walljasper on why “profitable economic function” is sometimes less valuable than empty space.
One More Benefit of Local Food
by Shannon Hayes
A farmer sings the praises of having non-farmers close at hand.
How I Found Bliss in a Creaky Old Rental
by Corbyn Hightower
Corbyn Hightower and her family moved from affluence to poverty—and into a "funky, junky" house that's been the happiest move of their lives.
Barrio Defense: How Arizona’s Immigrants are Standing Up to SB 1070
by B. Loewe
Beyond the Supreme Court: For immigrant communities in Arizona and beyond, the struggle against draconian laws begins at home.
10 Ways To Love Where You Live
by Ross Chapin
How to build community here and now—because neighborhoods are more than houses in proximity.
From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue
by Katherine Gustafson
Ten years ago, the residents of the crime-ridden neighborhood started planting gardens—and everything changed.
Lessons for Building Lively Local Economies
by Grace Boggs
Grace Boggs on what she learned at the 2012 BALLE conference.
We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share
by Doug Pibel
Just 60 years ago, the average American had 291 square feet of living space. Now it’s close to 1,000 square feet. Have we changed our needs that much? Or just our wants?
Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green
by Doug Pibel
With 5 million houses in foreclosure, we are rediscovering that living sustainably includes living affordably.
6 Ideas for Sensible Homes
by Heidi Bruce
Small, supportive, affordable, recycled—and you can build your own.