Happiness

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.
A Wall Street Equity Firm Evicted My Family. We’re Still Searching for a Home
by Michael Donley
Our experience strengthened our resolve to fight for housing as a human right.
My Chicken Became a Cat—And Taught Me to Imagine a Happier, Healthier World
by Shannon Hayes
If there is one key to making it in a family farm—or in any business that thwarts the trend toward relentless greed and destruction of the planet—it is the ability to believe.
The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to the Wonder of Science
by Shannon Hayes
I have lived for 40 years, gathered 10 years of higher education, and never before this moment understood the foundation of science.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Friendship and Chocolate Cake
by Shannon Hayes
Sure, life goes on even if it is devoid of buttercream. But when it is there, life just seems so perfect—even if you only get to eat buttercream once or twice in a year.