Happiness

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.
The Night I Forgave My Daughter’s Killer
by Marietta Jaeger-Lane, as told to Lynsi Burton
How a grieving mother put compassion before vengeance, and found closure along the way.
Obama’s Sister: What Our Mother Taught Us
by Fran Korten
Maya Soetoro-Ng reflects on her childhood with brother Barack, her own family and children, and how to keep everyone connected.
The Locked Gate: Standing Up for My Brother, Troy Davis, on Death Row
by Martina Davis-Correia, as told to Jen Marlowe
My brother and I don't always agree, but I defend his innocence, and I'll never walk out on him again.
Voices of Compassion
Personal stories of life beyond bars.
Radical Homemaking: It’s Not a Competition
by Shannon Hayes
When it comes to ecological living, there's always someone who's doing it better. So what?
Saying Goodbye: What Do We Teach Kids about Death?
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: When we shelter ourselves and our kids from the realities of death, what else might we be sacrificing?
“Our Family Isn't So Different”
Video: The 19-year-old son of two women testifies eloquently against Iowa's effort to ban same-sex marriage.
The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy
by Lisa Dodson
All around you are everyday heroes who refuse to be complicit in the economic mistreatment of other people.
In the Built Environment, the Tyranny of the Big, the Beauty of the Small
by Jason F. McLennan
Green building leader Jason McLennan on ways to keep our buildings and cities at a healthy, human scale.
Dealing With U.S. Deficit: Outdoor Playtime For Kids
by Alyssa B. Johnson
New Yorkers throw the "Ultimate Block Party" to reclaim play.
My Antidote to Overwhelm
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: People ask me, “How do you do it all?” The answer is, I don’t … and there’s a good reason for that.