Happiness

20 Machines for a DIY Civilization
Video: Open Source Ecology has released free plans for building tractors, brick compressors, and other essential machines. Why pay more for stuff that's designed to fall apart?
The Endangered Repairman
by Shannon Hayes
Getting your stuff fixed instead of throwing it away is good for the environment as well as for your bank balance. So why is this craft dying out in America?
Feeling Short on Time? Try Something Awe-Inspiring
by Stacey Kennelly
A study suggests that the same experiences that make us notice the vastness of the universe also make us feel there’s more time in the day.
7 Reasons Bikes Are for Everyone—Not Just “Cyclists”
by Christine Grant
Don’t let the spandex-clad iron men scare you off! Here are seven reasons why all types of people are biking to work—and why cities are encouraging them.
5 Tools (and 1 Animal) for Quieter, Healthier Yard Work
by Lauren Hardy, Samantha Herndon
Tending your yard doesn’t have to be noisy, irritating, or fuel-intensive. Here’s how you can unplug.
How Cities Can Get Drivers Biking
by Jay Walljasper
How can planners attract the 60 percent of Americans who say they would bike more if they felt more secure? The answer could be cheap and simple.
Think Small: A New Housing Model
by Doug Pibel
Why go back to the way things were when we can create housing that embraces the best of tradition and the best of new thinking?
How I Found Bliss in a Creaky Old Rental
by Corbyn Hightower
Corbyn Hightower and her family moved from affluence to poverty—and into a "funky, junky" house that's been the happiest move of their lives.
We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share
by Doug Pibel
Just 60 years ago, the average American had 291 square feet of living space. Now it’s close to 1,000 square feet. Have we changed our needs that much? Or just our wants?
Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green
by Doug Pibel
With 5 million houses in foreclosure, we are rediscovering that living sustainably includes living affordably.
The Perks of Being Gainfully Unemployed
by Shannon Hayes
Is job security real security? Shannon Hayes makes the case for diversifying your income.
How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet)
by Ella Jenkins
Photo Essay: Don’t think you know how to build your own house? Neither did 23-year-old Ella Jenkins before she picked up the tools and started.
6 Tips for Green Pet Care
by Jennifer Kaye, Lindsay Kucera
Sustainable, low-cost, and natural ways to care for your critters.
Radical Homemaking … In the South of France?
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: Do radical homemaking and foreign travel mix?
A DIY Civilization
by Colleen Shaddox
Can we create the machines of modern life sustainably, cheaply, and close to home?