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HAPPINESS

The good life doesn't have to cost the planet.

How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness
by Jay Walljasper
When we share our yards, sidewalks, and other common spaces, we find a greater sense of belonging and connection to those around us.
A Marathon Runner’s Lessons for a Saner Civilization A Marathon Runner’s Lessons for a Saner Civilization
by Andy Lee Roth
Long-distance running demands that athletes pace themselves and keep the future in mind. Might they have something to teach those who want to create a sustainable society?
It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed
by Shannon Hayes
Maybe there’s something deeper to the stereotype of old-school farmers as plodding, slow-moving people.
Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending
by Madeline Ostrander
We can’t change the world if we can’t even sing together—a star folk singer on what happens if political music dies.
What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship What Lipstick and High Heels Taught Me About Friendship
by Shannon Hayes
Heather and I were like oil and water. We made polite conversation but couldn’t find a single thing in common. But slowly over time, a friendship has grown.
How to See Stars Like Your Ancestors Did How to See Stars Like Your Ancestors Did
by Katrina Rabeler, Chris Francis
We could all see the sky as our ancestors once saw it just by turning off the lights, according to the International Dark Sky Association.
Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There
by Madhu Suri Prakash
The Indian leader saw nonviolence as an active and powerful thing—not just the absence of war.
“Non-Indigenous Culture”: Implications of a Historical Anomaly “Non-Indigenous Culture”: Implications of a Historical Anomaly
by Derek Rasmussen
Modern westerners often see indigenous people as weird or exotic. A look at history shows why they’re not the strange ones.
How a Detroit Conference Is Shaping the Future of Feminism How a Detroit Conference Is Shaping the Future of Feminism
by Dani McClain
For a few short days at the Allied Media Conference, change makers immerse themselves in the world they’d like to live in.
Stay Weird or Fit In? It’s Your Kid’s Decision Stay Weird or Fit In? It’s Your Kid’s Decision
by Shannon Hayes
Wearing a sunhat and a cape because you want to is innocence. Doing so when you know others don’t like it is bravery.
Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It
by Andrew Boyd
When pranksters and creative organizers create temporary utopias, the experience leaves us wanting more—and ready to work hard to get it.
Four Paths to a More Compassionate Patriotism Four Paths to a More Compassionate Patriotism
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Can one celebrate the Fourth of July without hating and fearing other countries?
Making Hurricane Preparedness Fun...and Delicious Making Hurricane Preparedness Fun...and Delicious
by Chuck Collins
The Jamaica Plain New Economy transition town has found that pie parties are a good way to get more people interested in disaster preparedness.
Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm
by Shannon Hayes
Selling food in the freezing rain is not my favorite thing. But seeing my customers come out in the bad weather reminded me of why of do this work.
Five Reasons Why It’s a Good Time to Be a Dad Five Reasons Why It’s a Good Time to Be a Dad
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Gone are the days of the emotionally distant breadwinner. Today’s dads are more and more involved in their kids’ lives.
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