Happiness

Is Human Composting the Future of Death?
by Jennifer Luxton
Skip the formaldehyde. How your body could become beautiful soil.
Meet the Jeans-Wearing, Nature-Loving Nuns Who Helped Stop a Kentucky Pipeline
by Laura Michele Diener
As fewer women enter the convent, what will become of Kentucky’s tradition of socially and environmentally engaged religious women?
Proud of Our Pidgin: The Newest Language in the U.S. Census
by Sheldon Ito
When Hawaiian Pidgin Creole joined an official list of 350 languages spoken in U.S. homes, it lifted up communities throughout Hawai‘i and their rich immigrant history.
Digging Into the Meaning of Work (With Real Shovels)
by Jamie McCallum
Is the work we do for pay like digging a hole to nowhere? The author put shovels in the hands of 15 people to find out.
Live Each Day Like It's Your ... First?
by Roman Krznaric
Five reasons “live each day like it’s your last” is the worst advice ever.
Bernie Stole My Feminist Heart (But It’s Complicated)
by Katie Quirk
I was caucusing for Hillary, when a 20-something, impromptu-Bernie-stumping man revived my hope for American feminism.
How an 1870 Suffragist’s Diary Helped a Modern Mormon Feminist Find Her Voice
by Alexa Mills
Inspired by a 100-year-old diary, this founder of the Mormon feminist movement encourages everyone to keep journals and record their own history.
I Was a Fourth-Generation Coal Miner. Here’s Why I Quit
by Nick Mullins
“I quit the mines, not entirely sure what I was going to do. I just knew that I could do something different.”
How America’s “Worst Walking City” Got Back on its Feet
by Jay Walljasper
When Oklahoma City was named the least walkable city in America, residents approved an $18 million sidewalk improvement project to help their community get moving.
5 Things Science Says Will Make You Happier
by Kira M. Newman
Happy people are healthier, make more money, and live longer. Thankfully researchers say it’s something we can cultivate with practice. Here’s how.
10 Black Women Innovators and the Awesome Things They Brought Us
by Lindsey Weedston
From a better hairbrush to modern 3D technology, ten things that might never have existed without the invention or innovation of black women.
Poor Families and Blue-Collar Heroes: “The Confirmation” is Keeping Hollywood Real
by Christopher Zumski Finke
“Nebraska” writer Bob Nelson on his new film and how economically depressed father and son characters are pulled from his own life story.
When Communities Decide They’ve Had Enough Violence
by Rev. John Dear
The new Nonviolent Cities project asks us to go beyond calls to end violence and instead create a pervasive culture of nonviolence.
We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too
by Jill Suttie
New studies show being in nature may increase your willingness to be generous, trusting, and helpful toward others.
Why Sex Ed Should Include Lessons on Young Love
by Amy Schalet
The silence among adults about the existence of teen love may take a particular toll on adolescent boys.