Happiness

How the Pope Is Revving up Climate Action in LA’s Most Polluted Neighborhood
by Jasmine Aguilera
Catholic environmentalists are channeling the power of the Pope’s words into action.
"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" Director on Making the Quirky Film that Became a Sundance Hit
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, shooting this funny, intimate film was a healing experience.
How Do You Say Goodbye to a Family Pet?
by Shannon Hayes
When my family's dog passed away, I was faced with the question of how to talk to my children about sadness and death.
This Cancer Survivor Makes Greeting Cards for When “Get Well” Won’t Cut It
by Liz Pleasant
Tired of the lack of understanding with traditional "Get well soon" cards, Emily McDowell decided to create an alternative.
Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion
by Richard Schiffman
We’re closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion.
Video: A Letter from Your 14-Year-Old Self
by Erin Sagen
Bruce Farrer has been assigning a special project to his students: a 10-page letter handwritten to themselves, which he mails back 20 years later.
A Radical Homemaker on How to De-Stress, Have Fun, and Stay Healthy This Christmas
by Shannon Hayes
Tired of the spending that goes along with the holidays? The gifting frenzy? The stress? Maybe this is the year to blend a few new ideas into your holiday routine.
“Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It
by Christopher Zumski Finke
To call “Wild” a redemption film is to minimize the wide range of emotions it works with—not to mention the subtlety of Reese Witherspoon’s performance.
We Don't Need Santa's Magic When We Already Have Our Own
by Shannon Hayes
Magic is about stepping into our power, about uniting our intentions with the natural world to create something better, something deeper.
The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to Finding Peace When Your Kids Are Eating You Alive
by Shannon Hayes
Rather than feeling guilty for not giving each child everything they deserve, I will feel gratitude for the grace with which they accept my limits.
The Key to a Sustainable Future Is Resisting Violence Every Day
by Yessenia Funes
The Nonviolence Handbook teaches that when we exhibit patience and refrain from criticizing others harshly, we're building nonviolent potential.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Friendship and Chocolate Cake
by Shannon Hayes
Sure, life goes on even if it is devoid of buttercream. But when it is there, life just seems so perfect—even if you only get to eat buttercream once or twice in a year.
Ancient India's 5 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness)
by Richard Schiffman
For the sages of ancient India, sex and romance were just the first few steps in a more expansive process of learning to love.
Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof
by Tom Lawson
“We want to show that faith doesn't divide Jews, Christians and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”
The Radical Homemaker's Guide To Telling Your Kids "No"
by Shannon Hayes
As a mother, I have made life choices that can’t always include everything my children want—like hiking the Adirondacks. Here’s how I learned to overcome the guilt.