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Simple Living

Freedom from cluttered lives and minds.

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.
5 Holiday Parlor Games to Make Your Gatherings More Fun 5 Holiday Parlor Games to Make Your Gatherings More Fun
by Laura Beans, Fabien Tepper
Spoons, sardines, telephone charades, and other activities to put a boost in your get-togethers.
How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car
by Erin L. McCoy
Erin McCoy tells the story of how she gave up driving, despite her love for cars, and examines the challenges facing drivers who don't live in cities.
3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season 3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season
by Fran Korten
Last year, YES! publisher Fran Korten shared her efforts to move more stuff out of her house than into it. With the season of “stuff” upon us again, here’s what she’s learned about unstuffing her life.
20 Machines for a DIY Civilization 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 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 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” 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 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 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 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?
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