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Free to Be Me Free to Be Me
by Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer
Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer knew she found her place to teach when she walked through the doors of Brooklyn Free School three years ago. See how Gia and BFS honor children's rights to be themselves and become the happy, healthy, and independent thinking people they are meant to be. This is Gia's Story.
What If Your Kids Want to Get Political? What If Your Kids Want to Get Political?
by Shannon Hayes
Using young children as political props is problematic, to say the least. But when they do form their own opinion, it’s important to let them express it.
A Portlandia Sendup of Tiny House Living A Portlandia Sendup of Tiny House Living
by YES! online staff
Portlandia’s Kumail Nanjiani visits a tiny house and asks some of the questions on everybody’s mind.
Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis
by Chris Francis
Leaders from many faiths are expecting better relations with the Vatican under Pope Francis. Here YES! speaks to some of them about why that is.
Me Too: A Letter to Steubenville’s Jane Doe Me Too: A Letter to Steubenville’s Jane Doe
by Kim Simon
After her essay on raising boys to respect women went viral, an incredible outpouring of support gave author Kim Simon the courage to tell the story she really wanted to share: how her own healing from rape came from knowing she wasn’t alone.
Why Lent Makes People Happy (and Netflix Doesn't) Why Lent Makes People Happy (and Netflix Doesn't)
by Jason Marsh, Rob Willer
Many of us believe getting more of the things we value will make us happier, but new research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.
Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s Master Storyteller Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s Master Storyteller
by YES! online staff
The great Nigerian author and essayist Chinua Achebe died on Thursday in Boston. In this interview with Bill Moyers, first broadcast in 1988, he explains why “The storyteller has a different agenda from the emperor.”
For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating
by Jonathan Rowe
Could it be as simple as that? Author Jonathan Rowe thought so, and tried it out in his own hometown.
Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own
by Nina Rogozen
The Affordable Care Act hopes to drive expansion of health care co-ops.
Sustainable Happiness? 6 Ways to Get There Sustainable Happiness? 6 Ways to Get There
by Catherine O'Brien, Ian Murray
Discover natural highs, map your interdependence, and other ways to discover joy within your reach.
Don’t Laugh: The UN’s First International Happiness Day is Serious Business Don’t Laugh: The UN’s First International Happiness Day is Serious Business
by Frances Moore Lappé
Frances Moore Lappé on how countries and cities around the world, from Bhutan to Boston, are measuring well-being beyond GDP.
No More Steubenvilles: How To Raise Boys to be Kind Men No More Steubenvilles: How To Raise Boys to be Kind Men
by Kim Simon
What can we do to help young men respect women, recognize consent, and have healthy sexual relationships? Teach them kindness to others—and the courage to go against the crowd.
What Our Kids Can Teach Us About Trying Over What Our Kids Can Teach Us About Trying Over
by Shannon Hayes
Children’s future happiness is not tied to how well they behave or whether they will be able to hold a job. It is tied to their ability to create with their minds and their hands.
Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffman
Psychologists recently conducted a study that found that meditation may make you more liberal, at least in the short-term. Richard Schiffman argues that the politics of true spirituality are more about balance than support for any one side.
Why You Don’t Frack With John Lennon’s Farm Why You Don’t Frack With John Lennon’s Farm
by Lisa Mullenneaux
When fracking hits close to home, Mark Ruffalo, Debra Winger, Yoko Ono, and other big names find common ground with small towns.
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