Happiness

Connect and Engage: Happiness
by Jing Fong
These two top-notch resources offer opportunities for you and your students to truly understand the benefits of giving, and the strengths and virtues that make people and communities thrive.
Happiness in the Classroom and Beyond
by Jing Fong
Classroom resources from the Sustainable Happiness issue of YES! Magazine.
TransFARM the White House Lawn
by Amanda Fuller, Justin Mog
Two Peace Corps volunteers decided to write a letter to Obama and suggest that he establish an organic "Hope Garden" at the White House, and of course hire them to manage it.
How to Make the YES! Greenest Gift Bow!
Many of you have asked how to make the YES! bow—as seen on the back cover of the Winter issue of YES! and on our website. So, by popular demand, here are the instructions.
The Habits of Happiness
by Matthieu Ricard
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect
by David Korten
Recent research has shown that our brains are made to support caring, cooperation, and service. David Korten says there is evidence that we can learn to get along across the red-blue divide—after all, we want most of the same things. As a bonus, we'll be healthier and happier if we do.
How to Have a Secular Sabbath
by Sharon Samiento
Guidelines for creating your own secular sabbath, a digital day of rest.
Sustainable Happiness Discussion Guide
by Kristin Carlsen, Jon Sayer
How happy are we really? Have the things we thought would make us happy done so? This issue of YES! explores different ways to find happiness: meditate, de-stress the holidays, restore the earth, embrace the bad with the good, simplify, and downsize. What makes you happy?
Sustainable Happiness Resource Guide
by Noah Grant, Kristin Carlsen, Jon Sayer
This resource guide highlights steps you can take to be happier yourself and to support a healthier society—by building stronger communities, creating joyful and purposeful activities for yourself and others, practicing mindfulness, finding healing, learning to live more simply, and building a society that prioritizes happiness over accumulation of wealth.
Walking Through Fear :: Interview
by Frances Moore Lappe
Frances Moore Lappé’s book Diet for a Small Planet had sold 3 million copies. She co-founded organizations to fight hunger and bolster democracy. Along with her daughter, Anna, she traveled the world to gather stories for Hope’s Edge. Yet, like many of us, she experienced a time when her world crumbled…
What Would Jesus Buy?
What Would Jesus Buy? follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt!
Prison Meditation
East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison—the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system—is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.
Laughter Yoga
These clips from actual Laughter Yoga sessions around the world provide a brief video intro to the steps used in Laughter Yoga.
NYC Union Square Pillow Fight 2008
Feathers fly and teddies soar as we gather for a massive urban pillow fight! Swing and whack as you evade pillow-wielding assailants. Bring a pillow to Union Square and wait for the signal. Pillow fight!
Dream House
by Dee Williams
Positive change begins at home. So when Dee Williams decided to change her life, thats where she started. In fact, she redefined what "home" meant, right down to what it was, and where it could go.