Happiness

Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta
by Susan Smartt Cook
Review: Ina May Gaskin, the mother of modern midwifery, calls for a return to woman-centered birth culture in her new book.
Tamar Blogs on No Impact Week
by Tamar Samir
No Impact Eco-leader and yoga instructor Tamar has tried the experiment five times already, but she still learns a lot from her fellow participants.
Paid Sick Leave for All
by Rebecca Leisher
Nearly 40 percent of all U.S. private sector workers get no paid sick days—but Connecticut is leading the way to change that.
Game Changers in Global AIDS Fight
by William Minter
New studies and successes show we have an opportunity to turn back this deadly epidemic.
People We Love: Caressa Cameron
by Oliver Lazenby
Miss America raises awareness about HIV.
Addictions Originate in Unhappiness—and Compassion Could Be the Cure
by Gabor Maté
What kind of despair could lead someone to value short-term pain relief over life itself? The first question—always—is not “Why the addiction?” but “Why the pain?”
Restoring Lives: Now That’s Justice
by Patrice Gaines
Forty years since prison, Patrice Gaines still fights to get free.
From the Gulf, a Cry for Help
by Sue Sturgis
The public health crisis caused by the BP oil spill has received little media attention, and even less government help. Gulf Coast residents are trying to change that.
“The Single-Payer Train Has Left the Station”
Wendell Potter, a health insurance executive-turned-critic, on what Vermont's new law could mean for American health care.
The Adventures of a Stubborn Grandmother
From StoryCorps, a funny, poignant interview between a strong-willed woman, her son, and her granddaughter.
Vermont’s Bill: Is it Single-Payer Health Care?
by Ida Hellander, MD
A question and answer session with Dr. Ida Hellander helps demystify Vermont's new health care bill.
Saying Goodbye: What Do We Teach Kids about Death?
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: When we shelter ourselves and our kids from the realities of death, what else might we be sacrificing?
The Teatime Series
by Betty Udesen
How backyard hummingbirds gave a healing photojournalist a new lens on life.
What to Pack for Disaster—And What to Leave Behind
by Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit: When disaster strikes, don't forget your compassion and critical thinking—but leave your panic, cliches, and stereotypes at the door.
Humane Meat? No Such Thing
by Sunaura Taylor
Should we eat animals? My disability gives me a unique view on the oxymoron "humane meat."