Happiness
How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car

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

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

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

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?

How Cities Can Get Drivers Biking

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

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

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.

How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet)

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.