How Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier
by Kristophe Green, Dacher KeltnerMar 13, 2017
- Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature—or even watching it in videos—benefits our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions.
A Fun Way to Stop Buying Things You Don’t Really Need
by Tracy Loeffelholz DunnSep 08, 2016
- Instead of buying the items she coveted, this artist made paintings of them. Here’s what she learned after a year of not shopping.
My Year of Magical Tidying
by Erin SagenDec 28, 2015
- How getting rid of two-thirds of my belongings created more space for joy.
How Sustainability Almost Ruined Christmas
by Shannon HayesDec 25, 2015
- As a new parent I tried to delight over stocking stuffers, wrapping paper, and battery-powered plastic thingamabobs. But none of it made me happy.
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van GelderAug 28, 2015
- University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
10 Things I Swore I’d Never Do As A Parent—And What I Learned From Doing Them Anyway
by Shannon HayesJun 19, 2015
- When it was my turn to raise kids, I was certain I’d get it all right. But parenting doesn’t happen by the book.
Tiny Houses in Paradise! 20 Incredible Vacation Rentals on Airbnb
by Cat JohnsonMay 06, 2015
- From caves in Spain to treehouses in Cape Town, check out Airbnb's best tiny house destinations.
Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy. Really!
by Zanna McKayApr 17, 2015
- From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.
How I Learned to Ask For Handouts (No Matter How Weird It Feels)
by Shannon HayesApr 14, 2015
- Farming and writing don't bring home the bacon—why I'm no longer ashamed to ask my community to help.
When It’s Time to Hand the Farm to the Next Generation, the Simple Life Is Anything But
by Shannon HayesApr 08, 2015
- This year’s muddy spring presents my family with the chance to pull together more closely than ever.
Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work—Teenagers, Sleepovers, Alone Time, and All
by Liz PleasantDec 24, 2014
- How do you fit a full-sized family into a tiny house? The Morrisons and Kasls found that the benefits of life in 200 square feet outweigh the difficulties.
Book Review: After Landing Herself in ICU, This Woman Changed Her Lifestyle, and Built a Tiny House
by Abby QuillenDec 24, 2014
- In building her tiny house, the author built a simpler and happier life.
“Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It
by Christopher Zumski FinkeDec 19, 2014
- To call “Wild” a redemption film is to minimize the wide range of emotions it works with—not to mention the subtlety of Reese Witherspoon’s performance.
7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet
by Sarah van GelderNov 14, 2014
- The starting point is to realize we have choices—like meaningful work, authentic relationships, and gratitude.
An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80—and Learns Something About Community
by Shannon HayesNov 13, 2014
- I love my solitude. I also love my community. But my independent nature has never been unusual in this town.