Happiness

The Real Work Can Begin When We Allow Uncertainty
by Colin Beavan
Our current political climate is volatile, scary, and uncertain. But maybe the not knowing and the confusion will finally allow us to arrive at a true beginning.
In a Bad Mood? Studies Show Why That Can Be a Good Thing
by Kira M. Newman
Five reasons why the quest for constant happiness is misguided.
How Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier
by Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner
Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature—or even watching it in videos—benefits our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions.
How to Resist From a Place of Love: Self-Care for the Long Haul
by Colin Beavan
If you want to sustain yourself for the work ahead, here’s some advice: It doesn’t matter whether the other side “deserves” anger.
We Aren’t So Different—3 Steps to Overcome Hate and Fear
by Amanda Abrams
Avoiding Trump supporters only increases our already dangerous polarization. Here’s how to really listen and find compassion.
What It Takes to Change Hearts and Minds
by Colin Beavan
To get someone’s support, you need more than just facts.
Call for Submissions: It’s Time for a Just Transition
by YES! Editors
Send us your ideas by March 13.
Teacher Has Unique Handshake for Every Student
Fifth grade teacher Barry White, Jr. of North Caroline created a unique handshake for each of his students based on their individual personalities.
Harry Potter Is Relevant to Fighting Trump—But Not The Way You Think
by Ray Stoeve
How to adapt the fictional lessons of the Harry Potter universe to a real-life Voldemort.
10 Films to Keep You Inspired
by Breena Kerr
Movies to remind you there’s hope in the fight for justice and equality.
The Spirit of Standing Rock on the Move
by Stephanie Woodard
People from more than 300 tribes traveled to the North Dakota plains to pray and march in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux. Back home, each tribe faces its own version of the “black snake” and a centuries-old struggle to survive.
What the U.S. Can Learn From “Viking Economics”
by Valerie Schloredt
Author George Lakey explains why Scandinavia tops world lists for equality, health, and happiness.
If We’re Honest, We All Know Trump’s America
by Robert Jensen
Trump articulates ideas that are closer to what is considered “normal” in the United States than many of us are willing to acknowledge.
Nader Calls for a Different 1 Percent
by Andy Lee Roth
Author and activist Ralph Nader wants to create a new 1 percent—one that will expose “conditions of deprivation and abuse” and champion “basic fair play.”
What’s Up, Pussy Hat? Knitting Activists Cause Shortages of Pink Yarn
by Jennifer Luxton
In the weeks leading up to Inauguration Day and the Women’s March on Washington, a furious knitting revolution is sweeping craft baskets across the country.