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What Our Kids Can Teach Us About Trying Over What Our Kids Can Teach Us About Trying Over
by Shannon Hayes
Children’s future happiness is not tied to how well they behave or whether they will be able to hold a job. It is tied to their ability to create with their minds and their hands.
Shooting Stars and Living Spirit
by Roberto Vargas
4 Lessons for Growing a Family Farm across Generations 4 Lessons for Growing a Family Farm across Generations
by Shannon Hayes
Breaking our families into nuclear units has an ecological and emotional cost. Could the multigenerational farm remind us where to turn for a viable future?
Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence
by Rev. Jacqui Lewis
Twenty-two times more children have been killed by guns since 1979 than military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. Rev. Jacqui Lewis on why all of us—from clergy to factory workers—must not be too sad, too busy, or too afraid to say, enough.
Married with Children? It’s Not the End of Individuality Married with Children? It’s Not the End of Individuality
by Shannon Hayes
Sometimes Shannon Hayes finds herself missing the days before she was a mother. But the circle of familial give-and-take love makes the trade-off worth it.
Six Ways to Stay Warm without Central Heating Six Ways to Stay Warm without Central Heating
by Malcolm Harris
Whether you’re looking for ways to save a few bucks or to be kinder to the environment, these are some fun tips to fight the cold.
10 Things Science Taught Us About Happiness in 2012 10 Things Science Taught Us About Happiness in 2012
by Jason Marsh, Lauren Klein, Jeremy Adam Smith
Last year’s most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings on the science of living a meaningful life.
Want to Find Holiday Joy? Start by Lowering Expectations Want to Find Holiday Joy? Start by Lowering Expectations
by Christine Carter
Video: Christine Carter offers three tips to avoid holiday stress and experience the joys of the season.
4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook 4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Following the heartbreak in Newtown, many Americans find themselves wondering—are people just horrible? Jeremy Adam Smith on why compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are everywhere, even in tragedy.
5 Holiday Parlor Games to Make Your Gatherings More Fun 5 Holiday Parlor Games to Make Your Gatherings More Fun
by Laura Beans, Fabien Tepper
Spoons, sardines, telephone charades, and other activities to put a boost in your get-togethers.
The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost
by Shannon Hayes
All of us lose loved ones over the course of our lives, and the pain of those losses is especially sharp during the holiday season. Passing on their memories to younger generations is a gift that truly lasts.
3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season 3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season
by Fran Korten
Last year, YES! publisher Fran Korten shared her efforts to move more stuff out of her house than into it. With the season of “stuff” upon us again, here’s what she’s learned about unstuffing her life.
Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings
by Sarah van Gelder
This weekend, the S’Klallam tribe made the historic Heronswood botanical gardens available free of charge to gay and lesbian couples who wanted to get married on the first day it was legal.
Connect With Your Family Across the Table—and the Political Divide Connect With Your Family Across the Table—and the Political Divide
by Joan Blades
Is it possible to gracefully navigate the potential minefield of political discussions at family gatherings? Suspending judgment, looking for common ground, and speaking from the heart can help. After all, these are people you love.
Is Time With Family Better Than Shopping? Is Time With Family Better Than Shopping?
Video: This Black Friday, celebrate your favorite non-shopping activity with this invitation from The Story of Stuff Project.
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