Happiness

10 Kids' Halloween Costumes Inspired By Rad American Women, From Angela Davis to Patti Smith
by Kate Schatz
At a time when GOP candidates can barely name an important woman from history, these Rad American Women of Halloween are a great way to have fun and educate others.
Take a Walk: 11 Ways to Build the Healthy Habit
by Jay Walljasper
Walking might just be the easiest way to get in daily exercise. Here are a few ways to make the practice even easier.
Researchers Say Watching Movies Helps You Work Your Empathy Muscle
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Can something as simple as watching movies—and empathizing with fictional characters—help generate more compassion and understanding in the real world?
California Challenges Gender Discrimination With Equal Pay Law (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A Louisiana university helps solve the national shortage of black doctors, Uber drivers are left with car payments after a raise in fees, and Mother Jones explores whether mammograms do more harm than good.
Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City
by Larry Gabriel
The YES! Breakthrough 15: A decades-long revolution to rekindle the soul of urban neighborhoods.
A Lifelong Search for Real Education
by Julia Putnam
Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.
NYC’s Credit Unions Give Mom-and-Pop Stores a Chance, Despite Gentrification
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
They're a lifeline to business owners. So why do these credit unions have trouble growing?
How Can We Be Happier? Experts Say Stop Worrying About Happiness in the First Place
by Liz Pleasant
In this video, The Atlantic asked a group of experts what we can do to be happier. Turns out our obsession with happiness might actually be hurting us.
Brazil Bans Corporate Donations in Politics (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A California tribe fights bottled water; an Argentinian province dedicates 1 percent of civil service jobs to transgender workers; and Brazil's Supreme Court delivers a blow to corporate politics.
For These Borrowers and Lenders, Debt Is a Relationship Based on Love
by Nathan Schneider
There could be a different financial system, one where debt allows us to honor our freedom rather than our servitude.
Surgeon General’s Prescription for Health: Walk More
by Jay Walljasper
New landmark report announces national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more, by making communities safer and more accessible.
Video: People of All Ages Tell Their Slightly Younger Selves How to Age Gracefully
by Liz Pleasant
“Nobody knows what the hell they’re doing,” and other tips from people older than you.
Dispatches From the Edge of Change: Why Montana’s Fossil-Fuel Resistance Gives Me Hope
by Sarah van Gelder
Meet the ranchers, grandmothers, professors, and tribes who are bringing back grizzlies, blocking oil equipment deliveries, getting arrested—and having a great time doing it.
Why Breast Milk Is the Ultimate Food Story (And Other News)
by YES! Staff
New Orleans sees a wave of grassroots activism after Katrina, D.C. stops a major utility merger, and a food writer lays out the superpowers of breast milk.
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.