Happiness

How My Mom's Close Call Helped Me Appreciate Her, Flaws and All
by Shannon Hayes
When my mom had a medical emergency on Mother's Day, I was reminded to cherish the time I have with her.
Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd the US Standardized Testing System Is
by Liz Pleasant
John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
When It’s Time to Hand the Farm to the Next Generation, the Simple Life Is Anything But
by Shannon Hayes
This year’s muddy spring presents my family with the chance to pull together more closely than ever.
7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked
by Lindsey Weedston
Are housewives less ambitious than career women? Are they bad feminists? Read on to go beyond the stereotypes.
Video: A Letter from Your 14-Year-Old Self
by Erin Sagen
Bruce Farrer has been assigning a special project to his students: a 10-page letter handwritten to themselves, which he mails back 20 years later.
How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density
by Jay Walljasper
Density has become a dirty word in some circles because people associate it with big, ugly buildings. Luckily, there are other ways to get people living close together.
Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work—Teenagers, Sleepovers, Alone Time, and All
by Liz Pleasant
How do you fit a full-sized family into a tiny house? The Morrisons and Kasls found that the benefits of life in 200 square feet outweigh the difficulties.
A Radical Homemaker on How to De-Stress, Have Fun, and Stay Healthy This Christmas
by Shannon Hayes
Tired of the spending that goes along with the holidays? The gifting frenzy? The stress? Maybe this is the year to blend a few new ideas into your holiday routine.
What the Classics Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods, From A Christmas Carol to Moby Dick
by Nina Bunker Ruiz
Can we find our way back to treasuring what comes from far away while reveling in local, abun­dant foods, whose proximity makes them affordable and sustainable?
When Christmas Dinner Gets Uncomfortably Political, These Cues From “House of Cards” and Other Shows Can Help You Out
by Kate Aronoff
This year’s most popular movies and TV series can be a tool to work your way out of a particularly bad conversation.
We Don't Need Santa's Magic When We Already Have Our Own
by Shannon Hayes
Magic is about stepping into our power, about uniting our intentions with the natural world to create something better, something deeper.
The Radical Homemaker’s Reading List: 8 Books for Happier Families, Healthier Guts, and Saner Lives
by Shannon Hayes
A short list of books that have kept discovery alive and well in 2014 at Sap Bush Hollow farm.
Why It's OK to Be Angry on Thanksgiving
by Shannon Hayes
Quite often it is our darker side that illuminates the best part of us, that brings us to where we need to be.
When My Husband Was Fired, I Felt Shame—Then Gratitude
by Shannon Hayes
I had grown up identifying joblessness with shame and failure. But here we were, on the other side of the employment equation, and for the first moment in my grown-up life, everything felt … right.
The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to Finding Peace When Your Kids Are Eating You Alive
by Shannon Hayes
Rather than feeling guilty for not giving each child everything they deserve, I will feel gratitude for the grace with which they accept my limits.