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HAPPINESS

The good life doesn't have to cost the planet.

7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet 7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet
by Sarah van Gelder
The starting point is to realize we have choices—like meaningful work, authentic relationships, and gratitude.
An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80—and Learns Something About Community An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80—and Learns Something About Community
by Shannon Hayes
I love my solitude. I also love my community. But my independent nature has never been unusual in this town.
When My Husband Was Fired, I Felt Shame—Then Gratitude When My Husband Was Fired, I Felt Shame—Then Gratitude
by Shannon Hayes
I had grown up identifying joblessness with shame and failure. But here we were, on the other side of the employment equation, and for the first moment in my grown-up life, everything felt … right.
Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
In the summers of 2012 and 2013, a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America, visiting cooperative businesses and re-imagining the country they were about to inherit.
Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
by Roman Krznaric
Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.
Video: Instead of Paying Our Kids to Do Their Homework, Let’s Teach Them Gratitude Video: Instead of Paying Our Kids to Do Their Homework, Let’s Teach Them Gratitude
by Kayla Schultz
At this pay-it-forward restaurant, everyone's meal is paid for by previous guests—out of generosity. Karma Kitchen's founder on how kindness became contagious
The Avengers Join Guardians of the Galaxy and Other Marvel Heroes to Make Bullying History The Avengers Join Guardians of the Galaxy and Other Marvel Heroes to Make Bullying History
by Christopher Zumski Finke
“The center of Marvel’s storytelling history is the eternal struggle between good and evil, with many of its greatest superheroes having to contend with—and rise above—bullying, in all its forms.”
To Curb Gun Violence, Chicago Residents Hit The Streets—And Really Listened to Their Neighbors To Curb Gun Violence, Chicago Residents Hit The Streets—And Really Listened to Their Neighbors
by Panyin Conduah
When a group of volunteers walked the streets of Chicago's east side, they learned that gun violence was not the only problem plaguing their neighborhood.
Before the Zombie Apocalypse—These 4 Trade Deals Were Ravaging the World! Before the Zombie Apocalypse—These 4 Trade Deals Were Ravaging the World!
by James Trimarco, Marc J. Palm
Forget ghouls and goblins. From deregulating Wall Street to shredding environmental and labor protections—these policy monsters are way scarier.
What I Learned About Living From Dying of Cancer What I Learned About Living From Dying of Cancer
by Marcy Westerling
Many more patients are now living for years with the diagnosis of terminal illness. The author describes her journey to what she calls “livingly dying”—facing her death by living in the moment with grace and mindfulness.
Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
by Tom Lawson
A new law allows transgender citizens to decide their own gender—and all it takes is a piece of paper.
Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm
by Kayla Schultz, Paul Dunn
See how Heyday Farm raises healthy animals in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.
How to Pickle Almost Anything How to Pickle Almost Anything
by Doug Pibel, Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Kali Swenson
Why ferment? It’s practical magic. Here are a few basics to get you started.
The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to Finding Peace When Your Kids Are Eating You Alive The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to Finding Peace When Your Kids Are Eating You Alive
by Shannon Hayes
Rather than feeling guilty for not giving each child everything they deserve, I will feel gratitude for the grace with which they accept my limits.
Why I’m Staying In My Hometown (Even Though Everybody Knows What I Was Like as a Kid) Why I’m Staying In My Hometown (Even Though Everybody Knows What I Was Like as a Kid)
Brought on by the sound of a screaming child, I reflect on my past, my community, and how we can become our true selves without fleeing our roots.
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