Happiness

10 Tips for a Zero-Waste Household
by Bea Johnson
A year’s worth of solid waste from Bea Johnson’s home fits in a quart-sized jar. Here's how you can reduce yours.
Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy?
by Sarah van Gelder, Doug Pibel
Corporations aren’t hiring, and Washington is gridlocked. Here’s how we take charge of our own livelihoods.
Work Less, Live More
by Juliet Schor
Working fewer hours could help save our economy, our sanity, and the planet.
Radical Homemakers vs. the Hurricane
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes reports from Schoharie County, New York, which was hard-hit by Hurricane Irene.
Small Steps for Growing a No Impact Family
by Kathy Kottaras
Since trying the No Impact Week experiment, our family has learned to be mindful of our habits, and live with more joy.
"Your Unique Gifts" Powerful Voice Winner Bronson Afong
by Bronson Ho’omaikai Afong
Bronson, our Powerful Voice winner, is a student at Blanche Pope Elementary in Oahu, Hawaii. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Blessings Revealed" by Puanani Burgess. Read Bronson's essay on how his gifts help keep his Hawaiian culture alive.
Saying Goodbye to the Post Office
by Shannon Hayes
Thousands of small-town post offices are on notice for closure. Radical homemaker Shannon Hayes on what that will mean for the communities who love them.
What the Outside Can Do for the Inside
by Stuart Glascock, Paige Grant, Chris Hann
Family, community, and the world of ideas help prisoners cope and prepare for life after incarceration. Eight outreach programs that make a difference.
To Save Our Cities, Put Children First
by Jason F. McLennan
What’s the universal design principle that can make our cities great? Kid-friendliness, says architect Jason McLennan.
Can You Be a Radical Homemaker With an Unsupportive Partner?
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: What happens when one member of a couple wants to live a new kind of life—but the other doesn't?
Fatherhood Confronts Climate Change
by Anna Fahey
Book Review: Environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard's "Hot" describes what life will be like for his daughter's generation.
Census Data Shows More Multiracial Americans
by Oliver Lazenby
With nine million multiracial Americans, the nation has come a long way.
Farming Careers for Young Veterans
by Robert Mellinger
Soldiers returning to a bleak job market grow a new set of skills.
Addictions Originate in Unhappiness—and Compassion Could Be the Cure
by Gabor Maté
What kind of despair could lead someone to value short-term pain relief over life itself? The first question—always—is not “Why the addiction?” but “Why the pain?”
Renouncing, Reclaiming, Rebuilding: The 3 Steps of Radical Homemaking
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes on the process of replacing the “givens” of mainstream life with more resilient ways of living.