Happiness

Dear Michelle Obama: If We Want to Curb Childhood Obesity, Sesame Street Is Not Going to Cut It
by Erin Sagen
Can a licensing deal between Sesame Street and the Produce Marketing Association truly improve childhood health? Maybe, but grassroots solutions already exist.
Five Reasons Why We Need Halloween
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Don't think rituals celebrating costumes and candy can make you happier and healthier? Science says they can.
Why Do Nuns Outlive the Rest of Us? Six Tips for Healthy Aging
by Anna I. Corwin
The good news is that you don't have to live in a convent to do the things that keep these nuns healthy and happy.
The Mass Shooting That Didn't Happen: Averting Violence with Kindness
by Aqualus Gordon
What can we do to help men like Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, find another way to deal with their trauma? The story of Michael Hill suggests that kindness is part of the answer.
A Marathon Runner’s Lessons for a Saner Civilization
by Andy Lee Roth
Long-distance running demands that athletes pace themselves and keep the future in mind. Might they have something to teach those who want to create a sustainable society?
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
by Nadia Colburn
When author Florence Williams learned her breast milk contained chemicals like flame retardants, she started investigating what exactly is in a breast and how that body part connects us to our children, our past, and our surroundings.
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.
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.
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.
Language and Metaphors for a New Cosmology
by Tim Fox
People Used to Sleep Twice a Night, With a Break in Between: 7 Ways to Connect With Our Wild Human Roots
by Shannan Stoll, Fabien Tepper, Valerie Schloredt
Color like a butterfly, eat like an ancient healer, and other ways to rediscover your inner wildness.
Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me”
To cope with intense loneliness after moving to New York City, Hannah Brencher offered to write an old-fashioned love letter to any stranger who needed one. She never guessed how many people she would ultimately reach.
Your Body is a Body of Water
by Jourdan Keith
A storyteller asks what you'd do if you knew your body was part of the water web.
Traditional Foods Help Remind Us Who We Are
by Kim Eckart
Tribes are pursuing a hands-on approach to finding and preparing Native foods that give spiritual sustenance, too.
The Hazards of Manhood
by Michael Schwalbe
Am I tough enough? Am I powerful enough? Men put their bodies at risk to cover up pain, fear, and vulnerability.