Happiness

How an American Lama Finds Joy in Turbulent Times
by Sarah van Gelder
Lama Tsomo is a Tibetan Buddhist lama, a former homesteader, and an heiress to a family fortune who lives a quiet life in the mountains of Montana. Now she is beginning to teach the practices and insights gained through years of solitary retreats and study.
After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence
by Christa Hillstrom
As India honors the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that rocked the nation, YES! talks with Sister Lucy Kurien—whose life was changed forever when she saw a young woman set on fire.
Being Kind
KarmaTube music video on kindness.
20 Ways to Practice Gratitude
by Jing Fong
This mandala-esque poster is a happy self-care tool, and can also be adapted to classroom use.
21-Day Gratitude Challenge: I’m Grateful I Can Honor the Child I Lost By Being More Open to Love Today
A moving sampling of participants’ reflections from the first two days of the Gratitude Challenge.
“A New Kind of Self-Awareness”: Film Explores Implications of Seeing Earth from Space
by YES! online team
How has the experience of seeing our planet from outer space changed the way we think about it?
And the Next Day, I Teach
by Aletha Fields
What calls Aletha Fields, English teacher at Iroquois High School in Louisville, Kentucky, to continue to teach each and every day? Friends, family, mentors, students, faith, and care for one's self.
In Sikh Response to Hateful Beating, A Lesson for Us All
by Kevin Fong
When Dr. Prabhjot Singh was attacked by a group of young men who believed he was a Muslim, he responded by advocating love and compassion.
From the Ancients to the Aughts: The Story of the Human Search for God
by Chris Francis
Nathan Schneider’s “God In Proof” explores the history of the search for existence of God, from the Greek philosophers to today’s New Atheists.
Why Do Nuns Outlive the Rest of Us? Six Tips for Healthy Aging
by Anna I. Corwin
The good news is that you don't have to live in a convent to do the things that keep these nuns healthy and happy.
The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama
by Valerie Schloredt
Photographer Jane Feldman on earning the trust of beloved world leaders—and capturing their laughter.
World-Healing Wisdom: Karen Armstrong’s Vision for a Compassionate Future
by Nadia Colburn
Armstrong believes that we can find the wisdom we need by looking to the origins of today’s world religions.
Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There
by Madhu Suri Prakash
The Indian leader saw nonviolence as an active and powerful thing—not just the absence of war.
“Non-Indigenous Culture”: Implications of a Historical Anomaly
by Derek Rasmussen
Modern westerners often see indigenous people as weird or exotic. A look at history shows why they’re not the strange ones.
Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who’s Leading a Revival—of “the Common Good”
by Sarah van Gelder
Pastor Jim Wallis has been arrested for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, builds bridges between polarized politicians, and pushes Christians to worry less about gay marriage and more about justice. And even better—there’s a whole new generation following his lead.