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Simple Living

Freedom from cluttered lives and minds.

Too Much Stuff in Your Life? 7 Ways to Turn it Around Too Much Stuff in Your Life? 7 Ways to Turn it Around
by Shannan Stoll
From sharing to repairing, the inspiration you need to lighten your load.
How We Went Back to School, Macklemore Style How We Went Back to School, Macklemore Style
by Frida Berrigan
For a more sustainable start to the school year, just follow the Seattle-based rapper to that thrift store down the road.
Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted
by Shannon Hayes
Country people have a reputation for viewing outsiders with skepticism. But it turns out they have good reasons for doing that.
How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness
by Jay Walljasper
When we share our yards, sidewalks, and other common spaces, we find a greater sense of belonging and connection to those around us.
How to See Stars Like Your Ancestors Did How to See Stars Like Your Ancestors Did
by Katrina Rabeler, Chris Francis
We could all see the sky as our ancestors once saw it just by turning off the lights, according to the International Dark Sky Association.
3 Global Cities That Are Doing Bike Shares Right (And One’s in Texas!) 3 Global Cities That Are Doing Bike Shares Right (And One’s in Texas!)
by Kristin Hugo
From China to San Antonio, cities are using rental bike programs to create healthier commutes. Here are a few insights from some of the world’s best programs.
Why Sticky Cabinets Have a Place on My Dream Farm
by Shannon Hayes
When we visualize the lives we desire, we often leave out the difficulties and frustrations. But they’re inevitable, and in the end they make the rewards of life more satisfying.
“Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing “Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing
by Cat Johnson
An installation of creatively shaped benches in Belgium pushes the edge of urban sit-ability.
Vermont Time Bankers Build a More Personal Economy Vermont Time Bankers Build a More Personal Economy
Video: Whatever service you might need, you’re likely to be able to get it at Onion River Time Bank, where you pay by doing what you love.
Finding the Simple Life at Sea—On a Shoestring Finding the Simple Life at Sea—On a Shoestring
by Peter Pearsall
Think an island-hopping cruise across the Pacific is only for the elite? Not if you take the slow boat.
A Portlandia Sendup of Tiny House Living A Portlandia Sendup of Tiny House Living
by YES! online staff
Portlandia’s Kumail Nanjiani visits a tiny house and asks some of the questions on everybody’s mind.
Why Lent Makes People Happy (and Netflix Doesn't) Why Lent Makes People Happy (and Netflix Doesn't)
by Jason Marsh, Rob Willer
Many of us believe getting more of the things we value will make us happier, but new research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.
Sustainable Happiness? 6 Ways to Get There Sustainable Happiness? 6 Ways to Get There
by Catherine O'Brien, Ian Murray
Discover natural highs, map your interdependence, and other ways to discover joy within your reach.
Shooting Stars and Living Spirit
by Roberto Vargas
Six Ways to Stay Warm without Central Heating Six Ways to Stay Warm without Central Heating
by Malcolm Harris
Whether you’re looking for ways to save a few bucks or to be kinder to the environment, these are some fun tips to fight the cold.
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