Happiness

How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better
by Shannon Hayes
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
"Look Mom, No Bus!"—Walking to School Helps Kids Stay Fit and Have Fun
by Molly Rusk
A program called the Walking School Bus provides kids an easy way to get regular exercise while getting to know their neighborhood.
Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace
In Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," we can sense the poet's yearning for a more peaceful and loving future.
Everyone Still Loves "Reading Rainbow" (And This New Kickstarter Proves It)
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The PBS classic, which taught a love of books to generations of kids, will be coming back in an online version.
A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine
by Shannon Hayes
A midnight run-in with a spiny interloper forced me to re-evaluate my priorities.
How Wolves Help Yellowstone's Trees Grow Taller
In some parts of the park, the average height of the trees quintupled over six years.
From Stand-up to Twitter, A New Generation’s Fresh Take on Storytelling
by Sarah van Gelder
Today's storytellers show that each of us can be part of something more powerful, diverse, and creative than we might have imagined.
Meet 6 Nutrition Blogger Moms Who Crashed the McDonald's Shareholder Meeting
by YES! Editors
Current trends suggest one in three kids will develop Type 2 diabetes as adults. These moms told McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson what they think about the fast food industry targeting their kids.
Will My Visually Impaired Daughter Ever Read? (And Why Does That Question Scare Me So Much?)
by Shannon Hayes
I've learned not to worry about whether others approve of my life. But applying the same thinking to my daughter is a challenge.
7 Ways to Garden Like You Know What You're Doing (Even If You're Just Getting Started)
by Terra Wellington
A few simple guidelines to follow when breaking out the trowel and gloves.
Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me?
by Shannon Hayes
I made the choice to give up a career in law and return to my family farm. Now, I wait to see if my daughter will do the same.
How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown
The Madaraka festival is a celebration of African cultural heritage and modern-day entrepreneurship—and the proceeds will help build a recording studio for 68 youth in Kenya.
5 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make From Stuff Around the House
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Becker
Craft instruments from easy-to-find materials and invite more music into your family's life.
The Game of Thrones Rape Scene: Why We Can't Pretend It Never Happened
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Pretending that a rape never happened is a problem—regardless of whether it took place in fiction or reality.