Happiness

Can You Teach Emotional Intelligence?
by Katherine Gustafson
The Secretary of Education isn't the only one who thinks so. Behind the growing movement for social and emotional learning.
The Story of Cosmetics
What's in your shampoo, anyway? Annie Leonard explores the toxins in our bathrooms, and what to do about them.
Portraits of Courage: Americans Who Tell the Truth
by Robert Shetterly
To fight his shame and cynicism, artist Robert Shetterly began painting the courageous Americans whose lives filled him with pride and hope.
How to Share a Waffle
by Abby Quillen
Bartering for your breakfast: One step closer to a local economy?
The Wisdom of the Mulla
by Sheikh Jamal Rahman
The well-loved trickster from Islamic folklore reminds us to trust, laugh, and be honest with ourselves.
France (Not) to Repay Debt to Haiti
by Brooke Jarvis
A prank website is bringing France's colonial crimes into the spotlight.
Health Care Happy Endings
by Dr. Ken Fabert
New Zealand's health care system still allows for happy endings. But what about the U.S.?
One Day Each Week Without Laptop, Phone, or TV? How a "Tech Sabbath" Can Heal Your Mind
by Erika Kosina
A day of rest, it turns out, is still a good idea.
We Are Many: Chris Jordan Captures Our Blessed Unrest
A striking depiction of one million organizations working for a better world.
Independence Day
by Pastor Don Mackenzie
America may be free from a monarch, but can we be truly independent in a consumerist society?
How to Share Time
by Mira Luna
When dollars are scarce, timebanks help neighbors swap skills, instead.
When Numbers Aren’t Enough
by Paul Loeb
Statistics rarely get under our skin, but stories do. Paul Loeb offers advice for catalyzing social change.
“Action is the Antidote to Despair”
Photo essay: A photographer confronts the BP oil disaster.
Why Power Is Not a Dirty Word
by Frances Moore Lappe
Frances Moore Lappé looks at redefining power and taking it back.
Happy Cities for the Global South: Interview with Enrique Peñalosa
by Jay Walljasper
Former Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa is convincing city planners from Beijing to Mexico City to create lively public spaces that center around people and community, not cars.