Happiness

The Power of "Why?"
by Andrea Batista Schlesinger
Students in Hampton, Virginia, and Brooklyn, New York, learn that asking questions is more powerful than memorizing answers.
Radical Acts of Education
Meet our pick of organizations and strategies that foster life-long learning and personal growth while teaching age-old and brand-new skills.
Life's Best Lessons are Outside the Classroom
by Daniel Fireside
Students find real-world solutions when they learn from their community, not just their textbooks.
Kids Take Charge of School
by Madeline Ostrander
Students at the Albany Free School and its sister school for upper grades, Harriet Tubman Democratic School, decide how and what to learn.
Grounded Learning
by Ron Miller
Why educator Ron Miller is turning to soil, water, sunshine, and greens.
Teens Talk to 90-Somethings
by Sean Rose
Teens in Rabun County, Georgia, are tapping into the memories of 90-year-olds in an effort to protect the culture of southern Appalachia.
Santa Fe Tells Its Stories
by Heather Purser
The Academy for the Love of Learning created El Otro Lado (“the other side” in Spanish), a citywide public art project that encourages people to learn about one another.
Parents Learn to Listen
by Sean Rose
The Morningside Center offers workshops in more than 60 New York City schools to equip parents to understand their children’s emotions.
Udaipur Hands Down Skills
by Lynsi Burton
Shikshantar believes anyone can be a teacher and when people collaborate, they can develop a “culture of learning.”
Seniors Find More to Learn
by Sean Rose
Retirement doesn’t have to be merely time off; it can be a time to gain new skills or find rewarding ways to give back to your community.
Parker Palmer: Know Yourself, Change Your World
by Sarah van Gelder
An interview with Parker J. Palmer
Volunteers Teach Healing Arts
by Louise Dunlap
Inspired by Paulo Freire’s work in the 1960s, Capacitar International teaches practices such as tai chi, acupressure and mindfulness, to volunteers. They then teach those skills in traumatized communities in places like Guatemala, Israel, Palestine, Rwanda, and Ireland.
Citizen Scientists Learn from Flowers
by Heather Purser
People across the country are learning what plants say about global warming.
Roadtrip Nation Takes the Route Less Traveled
by Madeline Ostrander
Roadtrip Nation, a personal journey turned film, then TV series, and now a youth movement, sends groups of young people out on the road every year to find out how people choose careers they’re passionate about.
No Vacation Nation
by John de Graaf
Along with paid vacation, we're missing out on happiness, better health, and a more sustainable society.