Happiness

A Park Where You Can Walk Among 1,500-Year-Old Bears and Birds
by Terry Tempest Williams
Terry Tempest Williams on the sacred earthworks of Effigy Mounds National Monument.
Zuni Tribe Returns to Sacred Ceremony to Strengthen Community
by Michael J. Dax
The Southwest tribe is rebuilding sacred buildings critical for teaching Zuni youth the pueblo’s core values of community and devotion to collective prosperity.
I Was Supposed to Be Pretty, Feminine, Nice, and Straight
by Raye Stoeve
From a very early age, I had a sense of being gendered by the world. But I don’t feel like a woman or a man.
The Science Behind Why Good Things Really Do Happen to People Who Wait
by Kira M. Newman
Religions and philosophers have long praised the virtue of patience; now researchers are starting to do so as well.
Is Human Composting the Future of Death?
by Jennifer Luxton
Skip the formaldehyde. How your body could become beautiful soil.
Love in the Time of Mania: Six Ways Americans Are Defying Islamophobia
by Nur Lalji
If you watch the news, you'd think anti-Muslim hysteria is everywhere. Thankfully, that's not true.
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.