Happiness

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.
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison Green
As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.
Girl Power in West Africa Comes From Tradition—and Wrestling
by Lindsey Weedston
Female wrestling champion Isabelle Sambou is inspiring a new generation of girls to compete in a sport long dominated by men.
Women Are Better At Expressing Emotions, Right? Why It's Not That Simple
by Mark Greene
Men and women both suffer from a culture that discourages us from expressing complex emotions. The answer is deeper listening, and it's the key to healthier, more engaged lives.
What Our Breasts Are Telling Us
by Sarah van Gelder
Author Florence Williams and her daughter discovered they had high levels of toxins—like flame retardants—in their bodies. Getting rid of the chemicals was harder than they expected.
A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
How One Affluent Town Helps Its Neediest Students Get Into (and Stay In) College
by Kirk Carapezza
In New England, a community program matches college-savvy parents with first-generation college-bound students to help them navigate the overwhelming application process.
Another Extinction: Words We Use to Describe the Natural World
by Jack Turner
Why naturalists and their linguistic allies fight to keep the language that gives us our sense of place from falling out of modern dictionaries.
The Bravest Response to Fear
by Jeremy Adam Smith
From strangers on the street to Muslim refugees—why we should embrace the humanity of people we may fear.
How This Black Student Used Documents and DNA to Find Her Slave Ancestors
by Alexa Mills
Like many African Americans, Lakisha David wanted to trace the roots of her family, who for years were documented only as property. Here’s how she did it.
Waging Life in a War Zone
by Jen Marlowe
From Gaza’s colorful neighborhood to its underground theater, resistance is an art.
6 Cities Designing for Health
by Anna Clark
From Detroit to Edinburgh, these cities are helping residents live more healthful and equitable lives.
A Neighborhood Revolution in a Pot of Soup
by Shelley McEuen
After living in the same town for 14 years, I decided it was finally time to meet my neighbors. My secret? Soup night.
What’s the New Economy Look Like? Here’s What Our Artists Did With Your Ideas
by Kate Aronoff
Pictures of windmills and farmers markets are great, but they don’t capture the diversity and radicalism of the movement. So we asked readers like you for poster ideas and handed them over to two of our favorite artists.
Why Do Boys Dress as Warriors and Girls as Princesses? It Starts With the Books They Read
by Peggy Albers
Research shows that children develop their understanding of things like gender and race before the age of 5 from the characters they meet in stories.