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Sitting Is the New Smoking: Why Walking Is the “Secret Sauce” for Better Health and Happier Communities Sitting Is the New Smoking: Why Walking Is the “Secret Sauce” for Better Health and Happier Communities
by Jay Walljasper
Whether you live in the ‘burbs, the city, or the middle of nowhere, the "wonder drug" of walking is just what the doctor ordered.
What I Learned from a Month on the Ten-Mile Diet What I Learned from a Month on the Ten-Mile Diet
"It was a different kind of diet. I didn't count calories. I didn't count carbs. I just took 12,500 miles of food off my plate."
Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now! Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now!
From new leadership in the fight against climate change to an uprising in the education system, there's a lot to be excited about in 2014.
Can the Stuck-in-Place Economy Help Us Face Climate Change? Can the Stuck-in-Place Economy Help Us Face Climate Change?
by Madeline Ostrander
New studies show that people with deep roots in the place where they live are better equipped to handle upheavals of the type that come with climate change.
10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come 10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come
by Sarah van Gelder
Beyond the headlines of conflict and catastrophe, this year’s top stories offered us some powerful proof that the world can still change—for the better.
 The Ancient Greeks' 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life) The Ancient Greeks' 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)
by Roman Krznaric
Looking for an antidote to modern culture's emphasis on romantic love? Perhaps we can learn from the diverse forms of emotional attachment prized by the ancient Greeks.
Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost? Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost?
by Jake Blumgart
The city is home to more than 40,000 vacant properties. Now neighborhoods are hoping a new public entity can help them bounce back from the post-industrial blues.
Less “Big Bang Theory,” More Dana Scully: What It's Going to Take to Lead More Girls Into Science Less “Big Bang Theory,” More Dana Scully: What It's Going to Take to Lead More Girls Into Science
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Only 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. YouTube science sensation Emily Graslie on how we can inspire them with better-quality pop-culture role models.
What I Learned About Living Well In My Mother’s Puerto Rican Kitchen What I Learned About Living Well In My Mother’s Puerto Rican Kitchen
by Melinda Gonzalez
When I was growing up, the conveniences of modern life took over my mother’s kitchen, and our health declined as a result. Here’s what happened when we went back to the way our ancestors dined.
6 Habits of Highly Grateful People 6 Habits of Highly Grateful People
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Wearing yourself down with worry? It’s time to thank outside the box.
Italy’s “Slow Food” Pioneer: How My Love for Food Ripened into a Life's Work Italy’s “Slow Food” Pioneer: How My Love for Food Ripened into a Life's Work
by Sarah van Gelder
“Our philosophy is good, clean, and fair food: Good because it is healthy and tasty; clean because it is produced with low environmental impact and with animal welfare in mind; and fair because it respects the work of those who produce, process, and distribute it.”
After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence
by Christa Hillstrom
As India honors the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that rocked the nation, YES! talks with Sister Lucy Kurien—whose life was changed forever when she saw a young woman set on fire.
This Christmas, Try Compassion at the Dinner Table This Christmas, Try Compassion at the Dinner Table
by YES! online staff
In the spirit of the season, Reverend James Forbes shows us how compassion at the dinner table can bring people from all walks of life together—and reminds us that our work isn't done until that happens.
This Guy Turned a 2,000-Page Report on Climate Change into 19 Stunning Haikus This Guy Turned a 2,000-Page Report on Climate Change into 19 Stunning Haikus
by Anna Fahey
By stripping a technical report of its jargon and unfathomably large numbers, Gregory C. Johnson's haikus offer an arresting and informative entry point into climate science.
How a Cup of Nettle Tea Taught Me How To Live Well and Remember the Past How a Cup of Nettle Tea Taught Me How To Live Well and Remember the Past
by Valerie Segrest
I am a Muckleshoot Indian, but little of what I used to eat bore much connection with the landscape I lived in, which had fed my ancestors for many generations. When I discovered nettle tea, it was as if I were remembering what it was like to feel well.
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