Happiness

This Syrian Band Played Its First European Gig in a Refugee Camp. Now It’s Going on Tour
by Rebecca Collard
When the members of Khebez Dawle fled Syria, they never expected they’d soon be playing sold out shows across Europe. 
How to Make Friends in the City: Grow Vegetables Together
by Jasleena Grewal
We asked this East Londoner how a pop-up garden brought his neighborhood together and made friends out of strangers.
Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Well-Intentioned People
by Cody Charles
Common mistakes made in social justice conversations and how to correct them.
The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America
by Marcus Harrison Green
In Chicago, low-income kids don’t usually have the opportunity to travel outside their own neighborhoods. My Block, My Hood, My City is changing that.
How Kissing Empowers Women
by Jeremy Adam Smith
The rise of sexual-romantic kissing throughout history has defied cultural norms and put women in charge of romance.
Why Massive Snowstorms and Stranded Cars Make Us So Happy
by Colin Beavan
With cars stuck under mounds of snow, city streets become safe public spaces for people. So why wait for a blizzard?
The Feminist Rappers Who Are Updating Sweden’s Old-Fashioned Definition of Rape
by Lindsey Weedston
In Sweden, Femtastic gives survivors of sexual violence a voice in a male-dominated music industry.
Does Baltimore #BlackLivesMatter Activist Have a Shot at Becoming Mayor?
by Yessenia Funes
Activists turned politicians are nothing new. Just look at Bernie Sanders.
A Kentucky Domestic Violence Shelter Helps Women Grow Food—and Confidence
by Sarah van Gelder
Many survivors of domestic violence have had their attempts at work and creativity sabotaged for years. On these 40 acres of rolling farmland, they're being restored.
In Photos: 50 Years in a Housing Project Through the Eyes of Kids Who Lived There
by Alexa Mills
Thanks to Polaroid and a basement arts center, the kids of Newtowne Court have built a photographic monument to their neighborhood since the 1960s.
Is Cooking the Future of Medicine?
by Jasleena Grewal
At Tulane’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, students are learning to pair nutrition with allopathic care—and other schools are catching on.
People Are Happier in States That Allow Ballot Initiatives
by Michael Krassa, Benjamin Radcliff
Twenty-four states allow citizens to vote directly on policy matters, and research shows that life satisfaction is higher in them.
Cancel Black History Month? Watch Kids Respond to Fox News’ Latest
by YES! Staff
Here’s what happened when a group of kids heard what Stacey Dash said about Black History Month.
The Middle Eastern TV Show Bringing Feminist Views on Marriage to 80 Million People
by Lindsey Weedston
In Turkey, a soap opera is informing women of their rights and challenging cultural assumptions about marriage.
White Privilege II Showed Me What an Unruly Mess We’re In
by Jonathan Cunningham
A Seattle music writer quoted in Macklemore’s controversial new song appreciates how it speaks to young white people—but wishes it had gone further.