Happiness

After Las Vegas, These Are the Questions That Can Bring Us Peace
by Colin Beavan
If we can stop clinging to stories that obscure the truth of what happened, then what follows easily is, How can I help?
Love Little Free Libraries? These People Didn’t Stop at Books
by J. Gabriel Ware
From seed banks to free food pantries, the little library movement is taking off in neighborhoods across the country.
Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play. Here’s Why That’s a Problem
by Christopher Brown
Kids deprived of recess don’t have time to recharge, learn social skills, or solve their own problems.
Comic: We Sent Our Illustrator to Activist Summer Camp. Here’s What Happened
by Jennifer Luxton
Meet Jen, who went to sleep-away camp a newbie activist and came back ready to fight for social change.
It’s Not Just Nostalgia: “Real Things” and Why They Matter
by Cecile Andrews
In his new book, David Sax explains how giving into the lure of things like vinyl records and paperback books might actually make you happier.
6 Simple Ways to Preserve Foods From Your Garden
by Eva Perroni
Here’s how you can enjoy summer foods all year long.
What the Garden-Hacking Grandmas and Grandpas of South Korea Know
by Patrick M. Lydon
Gardening here is not a hobby. It comes from the realization within people that there is inherent value in tending a garden and taking time to be a part of nature.
Fight Fascism With a Dance Party
by Janey Stephenson
Where fascism aims to instill fear, joy is the perfect resistance.
Comic: Why You Should Turn Your Yard Into a Mini-Farm
by Jennifer Luxton, Erin Sagen
Take that lawn by the grass and grow something!
The Podcast Taking on Racism in the Food Industry
by J. Gabriel Ware
A chef and journalist started “The Racist Sandwich Podcast” to address inequity in the restaurant industry. Today, it’s winning award nominations and fans worldwide.
How Horror Films Are Bringing More Gender Equality to Hollywood
by Beth Younger
A new study finds that horror is the only film genre where women appear and speak as often as men.
Decolonize Your Diet
by Teresa O'Connor
Love your Mexican food? Traditional indigenous food from Mexico is misunderstood in the U.S.—and is actually among the world’s healthiest.
The Defiant, Refugee-Loving History of New Mexico
by Michael Dax
How the state’s unique and open relationship with Mexico is overshadowing Trump’s immigration policies.
Cruel to Be Kind? When It’s OK to Make Someone Feel Bad
by Kira M. Newman
Research suggests sometimes inducing a little negative emotion in someone else can improve their long-term well-being.
Your Chocolate Might Have Survived This Fungus in Ecuador
by Meredith Rutland Bauer
Half of all cacao grown in Ecuador is ruined by a disease called frosty pod rot. But farmers, exporters, and chocolate-makers are finding sustainable ways to combat it.