Happiness

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.
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.
10 Things Creative People Know
by Peggy Taylor, Charlie Murphy
Everyday creative activities like knitting and cooking can boost your levels of serotonin and decrease anxiety.
This Couple's Marriage Healed the Planet and Cost Just $3K—Here's How They Did It
by Linnea M. Paton
Four ways to have an equitable, earth-loving, and awesome wedding.
How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together)
by Roman Krznaric
The Empathy Library is a new digital archive where people can point to the books, movies, and other media that help us learn to understand one another.
How Cooking Can Change Your Life
In this powerful RSA Short, Michael Pollan shares some real talk about the difference between home cooked food and food made by corporations.
Sitting Is the New Smoking: Why Walking Is the “Secret Sauce” for Better Health and Happier Communities
by Jay Walljasper
Whether you live in the ‘burbs, the city, or the middle of nowhere, the "wonder drug" of walking is just what the doctor ordered.
What I Learned from a Month on the Ten-Mile Diet
"It was a different kind of diet. I didn't count calories. I didn't count carbs. I just took 12,500 miles of food off my plate."
The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)
by Roman Krznaric
Looking for an antidote to modern culture’s emphasis on romantic love? Perhaps we can learn from the diverse forms of emotional attachment prized by the ancient Greeks.
How a Cup of Nettle Tea Taught Me How To Live Well and Remember the Past
by Valerie Segrest
I am a Muckleshoot Indian, but little of what I used to eat bore much connection with the landscape I lived in, which had fed my ancestors for many generations. When I discovered nettle tea, it was as if I were remembering what it was like to feel well.
Wild Eats, Resilient Farms, and Freedom From Money: 3 Holiday Reads for the Radical Homemaker
by Shannon Hayes
Books should light up our lives—especially during the dark days of winter. Here are a few to pass along.
Infographic: Michael Pollan Says Home Cooking Might be the Single Best Way to Improve Your Health
by Doug Pibel
We spend less time in the kitchen than ever. But cooking could be an important solution to our public health crisis.
The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think
by Roman Krznaric
What might history teach us about living more simple, less consumerist lifestyles?
12 Things You Can Do With a Mason Jar (and Only One Involves Canning)
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
Want to unstuff your life? Find the tools that multitask.
The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers
by Sven Eberlein
Glamorized consumer culture has serious side effects—and to help people in remote Indian villages understand this, one filmmaker brought them to the West. Here’s what they thought of the dark side of Western lifestyles.