Happiness

Why Does Being a Man Require So Many Masks?
by Terrance Hayes
National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes writes about fatherhood and his own struggle to negotiate Americans' narrow definition of masculinity.
What’s It Like to Be the New Kid and a Refugee?
by Jaclyn Zubrzycki
Small town and suburban public schools become welcome centers as more immigrants are moving outside major metropolitan areas.
Bernie Stole My Feminist Heart (But It’s Complicated)
by Katie Quirk
I was caucusing for Hillary, when a 20-something, impromptu-Bernie-stumping man revived my hope for American feminism.
Poor Families and Blue-Collar Heroes: “The Confirmation” is Keeping Hollywood Real
by Christopher Zumski Finke
“Nebraska” writer Bob Nelson on his new film and how economically depressed father and son characters are pulled from his own life story.
Why Sex Ed Should Include Lessons on Young Love
by Amy Schalet
The silence among adults about the existence of teen love may take a particular toll on adolescent boys.
How to Make Friends in the City: Grow Vegetables Together
by Jasleena Grewal
We asked this East Londoner how a pop-up garden brought his neighborhood together and made friends out of strangers.
How This Black Student Used Documents and DNA to Find Her Slave Ancestors
by Alexa Mills
Like many African Americans, Lakisha David wanted to trace the roots of her family, who for years were documented only as property. Here’s how she did it.
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.
Why Do Boys Dress as Warriors and Girls as Princesses? It Starts With the Books They Read
by Peggy Albers
Research shows that children develop their understanding of things like gender and race before the age of 5 from the characters they meet in stories.
My Year of Magical Tidying
by Erin Sagen
How getting rid of two-thirds of my belongings created more space for joy.
How Sustainability Almost Ruined Christmas
by Shannon Hayes
As a new parent I tried to delight over stocking stuffers, wrapping paper, and battery-powered plastic thingamabobs. But none of it made me happy.
18 Holiday Gift Ideas—From Co-ops
by Brian Van Slyke
Here's how to use your holiday shopping to support cooperatives.
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.
First Openly Gay Country Singer Shares Advice His Dad Gave Him as a Teen
by Liz Pleasant
The lead singer for Lavender Country, the first openly gay country band, shares the touching advice he received from his father.