Happiness

HAPPINESS

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Video: A Letter from Your 14-Year-Old Self
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.
Jan 15, 2015
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Can Empathy for Birds Make Us Happier? Ten Breakthroughs in the Science of a Meaningful Life
Last year, scientists found that gratitude makes us financially smarter, mindfulness reduces racism, a little sadness makes for healthier people, and compassion for birds could help tackle climate change.
Jan 09, 2015
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Photo by Piyavachara Nacchanandana.
Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?
As we reimagine our future cities, we can make room for nature and humanity.
Jan 02, 2015
Oyster mushrooms in a pan. Photo by Chiot's Run / Flickr.
How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms at Home (and Get Plenty of Flavor and Protein for Free)
You don't need a garden to grow mushrooms—any cool, shady space will do, even a cupboard or dark corner.
Jan 02, 2015
Backyard swing. Photo by Jason Parks / Flickr.
How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density
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.
Dec 30, 2014
Kasl Family photo courtesy of Kim Kasl
Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work—Teenagers, Sleepovers, Alone Time, and All
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.
Dec 24, 2014
"The Big Tiny" review. Photo by Betty Udesen.
Book Review: After Landing Herself in ICU, This Woman Changed Her Lifestyle, and Built a Tiny House
In building her tiny house, the author built a simpler and happier life.
Dec 24, 2014
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A Radical Homemaker on How to De-Stress, Have Fun, and Stay Healthy This Christmas
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.
Dec 23, 2014
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What the Classics Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods, From A Christmas Carol to Moby Dick
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?
Dec 22, 2014
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When Christmas Dinner Gets Uncomfortably Political, These Cues From “House of Cards” and Other Shows Can Help You Out
This year’s most popular movies and TV series can be a tool to work your way out of a particularly bad conversation.
Dec 22, 2014
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“Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It
To call “Wild” a redemption film is to minimize the wide range of emotions it works with—not to mention the subtlety of Reese Witherspoon’s performance.
Dec 19, 2014
Video: This Philly Beauty Salon and Rehab Clinic Helps People Heal—With a Little Magical Realism
A new documentary, "Hollywood Beauty Salon," lets people who struggle with mental illness and addiction tell their own stories in unexpected ways.
Dec 19, 2014
Family photo by shutterstock
We Don't Need Santa's Magic When We Already Have Our Own
Magic is about stepping into our power, about uniting our intentions with the natural world to create something better, something deeper.
Dec 16, 2014
Exodus photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Ridley Scott's Weak Defense of "Exodus" Casting Will Help You Understand Why Hollywood's So White
All the main characters are played by white people. It doesn't really have to be that way.
Dec 12, 2014
Wonder Woman
Everything You Need to Know About the Radical Roots of Wonder Woman
Her enigmatic creator believed women were destined to rule the world. 10 facts about the iconic heroine.
Dec 10, 2014