Happiness

One More Benefit of Nature: It Makes You Like Your Body Better
by Tom Jacobs
Researchers say the outdoors can help mute internal criticism.
When It Comes to Your Health, Your Local Economy Matters
by Jessica Young
Research shows community traits such as quality of housing and employment can influence wellness.
This Japanese Concept of Happiness Could Help You Live a More Meaningful Life
by Iza Kavedžija
Focusing on your own happiness can prove self-defeating. Finding your “ikigai” offers an alternative perspective on well-being.
We Need Radical Imagination
by Sarah van Gelder
Imagination, as Hawaiian Native rights advocate Poka Laenui describes it, is more than an antidote to hopelessness. It is a source of power.
A Letter to Ursula Le Guin After Her Departure
by Adrienne Maree Brown
When I lost hope in this world, you offered me a plethora of fully formed universes to learn from.
5 Ways You Can Support a Loved One With Depression
by Wiley Reading
How to move beyond “awareness” toward better understanding.
Is Your Weekend Helping or Hurting Your Happiness?
by Jean Twenge
New research offers some simple advice to boost your happiness: Put down your phone and go do something—just about anything—else.
Swedish Death Cleaning: Don’t Forget Your Digital Clutter, Too
by Rachel Connor
If we don’t make the decisions about what to keep or discard—whether actual or online—then ultimately it’s up to others.
Call for Submissions: Solutions to Our Housing Crisis
by YES! Editors
Send us your pitches by Feb. 1.
Books Inspiring Us: “Being the Change”
by Peter Kalmus
In his new book, NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus explores the daily practices that build healthy, happy, and resilient communities.
What We Want for 2018: The Biggest Movement Leaders Envision the Changes Ahead
by Beverly Bell
From Alicia Garza to Annie Leonard, nine organizers share their hopes for the new year.
The Fierce Urgency of “How”
by Peter Buffett
When we have reconsidered the lives we have built, how will we live?
Our 10 Best Solutions Stories You Might Have Missed This Year
by YES! Editors
A better world often starts as a small act. Change is possible. These stories from the past year prove it.
The Best of 2017: Books on How to Stay Resilient and Live a Meaningful Life
by Diana Divecha, Kira M. Newman, C. Brandon Ogbunu, Elise Proulx, Jill Suttie
The year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books to help you thrive in a turbulent world.
Nature Is So Good for You That Even Watching It on TV Improves Well-Being
by Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner
Watching a few minutes of “Planet Earth” can lead you to feel 46 percent more awe and 31 percent more gratitude.