Happiness

New Year, New President, and Our Promise
by YES! Editors
We represent independent journalism. Even in the darkest times, you can depend on us to find the progressive solutions that will heal the planet and improve the lives of the many.
How Community Land Trusts Can Fix Detroit’s Foreclosure Mess
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
Nearly 1 in 6 properties across the city faced tax foreclosure last year. Land trusts are one way to keep buildings—whether housing or businesses—permanently affordable.
The Fix-It Shop Where Neighbors Repair Your Clothes and Electronics
by Araz Hachadourian
Three years ago, they started a program to keep salvageable goods from landfills by harnessing the community’s collective skills to fix them.
6 Solutions That Support Native Sovereignty—From Tribal Schooling to Bison Herds
by Araz Hachadourian, Christa Hillstrom
Florida’s Miccosukee is the first tribe allowed to run its own school, where students fully participate in family and cultural activities.
In One of the Nation’s Unhealthiest Places, This Hospital Prescribes Fresh Food From Its Own Farm
by Liza Bayless
In an industry usually focused on medicine and procedures, a Philadelphia-area hospital decided what its patients needed was a farm and advice about food.
In Conservative States, 2 Cities (and a Church) Helped LGBT Rights Gain Ground
by Liza Bayless, Araz Hachadourian
From Idaho to Georgia, people found ways to offer sanctuary and legal protection.
8 Strategies for Confronting Hate (That Don’t Involve a Safety Pin)
by Elizabeth Svoboda
Everyday heroism like standing up for someone in trouble means pushing past your own fear. Here's how to do so with caution and courage.
The Importance of Meditating Even When You’re Happy
by Richard J. Davidson
Think of it as preventative medicine for the likely event of stress.
Keep Your Spirits Up: You Can’t Resist Trump When You’re Tired and Sad
by Colin Beavan
We must take care of ourselves in a way that ensures our compassion is not drained away.
20 Ways to Take a Bigger, Louder Stand in the Post-Election World
by Nina M. Flores
Many of us are rekindling our activist spirit knowing that the next four years will require everyone to act.
How Creative Repurposing of Industrial Scrap Is Holding Off a Neighborhood’s Gentrification
by Amanda Abrams
25-year old Scrap Exchange partners with Durham, North Carolina, residents to build an innovative arts district.
How Comfort Food Is Getting Me Through These Rough Post-Election Days
by Erin Sagen
I’ve learned that when we’re vulnerable, when we’re unsure about the world and our place in it, food is the way back home.
How I Stopped Mindlessly Buying Things
by Sarah Lazarovic
Stores want me to buy stuff I don’t need. The internet wants me to buy stuff I don’t need. But I finally figured it out.
How to Attempt Racial Healing—Even During a Trump Presidency
by Zenobia Jeffries
America’s past truth and reconciliation processes show us what works.
5 Ways Science Says to Handle Difficult Emotional Situations
by Kira M. Newman
Resilience practices can help you confront stress and pain more skillfully, starting with finding silver linings.