Happiness

What Native Hawaiian Culture Can Teach Us About Gender Identity
by Jade Snow
As the documentary Kumu Hina reveals, living between both genders is the more powerful “mahu" way.
I’m My Daughter’s Best Friend. How Do I Help Her Become Her Own Person?
by Shannon Hayes
Our isolated life on the farm keeps my family close, but it can also stand in the way of my daughter becoming her own person.
One Poem That Saved a Forest
by Jacqueline Suskin
How the friendship between a poet and a timber baron kept a grove of California redwoods from clear-cutting.
Can We Learn About Empathy From Torturing Robots? This MIT Researcher Is Giving It a Try
by Nur Lalji
Should we treat robots sort of like animals, or strictly as tools? Researcher Kate Darling says the time has come to take these questions seriously.
Swapping Screen Time for Getting Dirty: Why Kids Need to Spend More Time Outside
by Shannon Hayes
In his new book “How to Raise a Wild Child,” Dr. Scott D. Sampson argues that the current disconnect between kids and the natural world is a threat to their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Watch These 12-Year-Olds Talk About Race More Candidly Than Most Adults Do
by Araz Hachadourian
These New York City middle-schoolers opened up about their experiences with race and racism in WNYC's "Being 12" series.
7 Small Towns Taking Big Steps to Get People Walking
by Jay Walljasper
These communities are helping residents take steps towards healthier lives by making walking a priority.
Bikesharing Trends to Watch in 2015
by Shared-Use Mobility Center
There are a number of bikesharing trends to be excited about this year, from better technology to increased access in low-income communities.
Finding a House That Fits Is About More Than Just Size
by Norman Allen
Going from a suburban Versailles to a cabin in the woods was just what I needed to find home.
How the Pope Is Revving up Climate Action in LA’s Most Polluted Neighborhood
by Jasmine Aguilera
Catholic environmentalists are channeling the power of the Pope’s words into action.
How Buying the Local Post Office Will Help My Family Farm and Small Town Survive
by Shannon Hayes
I never thought farming would mean owning a post office. But looking at my community and our need to define ourselves as a place, that seems to be our family farm's next job.
How My Family Farm Is Like a Team of Superheros
by Shannon Hayes
As I begin to take over my parent’s farm, I’ve learned how important it is for my family to celebrate our strengths, acknowledge our weaknesses, and work together as a team.
How a White Supremacist Became a Civil Rights Activist
by Araz Hachadourian
The story of a KKK leader’s transformation shows us that we need not live forever with the kind of violence we saw in Charleston last week.
10 Things I Swore I’d Never Do As A Parent—And What I Learned From Doing Them Anyway
by Shannon Hayes
When it was my turn to raise kids, I was certain I’d get it all right. But parenting doesn’t happen by the book.
Video: How to Pickle Beets
by Liz Pleasant
The simple and easy way to pickle your beets at home.