Happiness

Pioneers of the New Normal
by Sarah van Gelder
We’re facing a very different world than the one we knew. Here’s what people are doing to prepare …
Resilient Ideas: A Hand-Built Home
by Sven Eberlein
No fortune? No skills? No problem. How a novice builder used mud–and teamwork–to make a house from scratch.
Bike As You Are
by Valerie Schloredt
Whether it's in lycra or heels, the emerging movement of "come as you are" cycling proves that anyone can bike–anytime, anywhere.
Resilient Ideas: Low-Impact Urban Living
by Sven Eberlein
The challenges of creating urban ecovillages can also be great advantages.
Movies, My Kids, and Me
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes used movies to give her daughters—and herself—an occasional break. Then they began to take over.
On Facing Judgment
by Shannon Hayes
Live radically, and you’ll inevitably face the judgment of others. For Shannon Hayes, loving unconditionally is the antidote.
How Resilient Are You?
Take this test to find out.
Score and Swap, For Free!
Wish there was a store where everything was free? New York's latest pop-up swap, Score!, has the answer.
8 Ways to Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning
by Stan Cox
8 tips to help you beat the summer heat.
My Tiny, Free House
by Michael Janzen
Michael Janzen had a big house and a big mortgage. Then the financial crisis hit, and he wondered just how small, and how cheap, a house could be.
Leaving It Up To Them
by Shannon Hayes
What happens when children raised in radical homes choose the straight and narrow?
One Day Each Week Without Laptop, Phone, or TV? How a "Tech Sabbath" Can Heal Your Mind
by Erika Kosina
A day of rest, it turns out, is still a good idea.
Live Dangerously: 10 Easy Steps
by Shannon Hayes
When Shannon Hayes made a list of easy steps for becoming a radical homemaker, she didn't realize just how revolutionary they were.
Step Away From the Plastic Bag
by Kim Eckart
Our associate editor experiments with life after plastic bags.
Solstice in a Finnish Village
Bonfires, birch branches, and saunas. And a chance to discover who will be your true love.