The Good Life
Finding fulfillment in the things that matter.
How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community
by Michelle Mooreposted Aug 15, 2014
- “What if we, in this neighborhood of physical and structural violence, look for the light ... and amplify it?”
Ancient India's 5 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness)
by Richard Schiffmanposted Aug 13, 2014
- For the sages of ancient India, sex and romance were just the first few steps in a more expansive process of learning to love.
Learning From Debt: How It Strengthened My Dreams and Brought My Family Closer
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 02, 2014
- The experience of debt can guide us toward different ways of living—like having extended generations share a household—that are both cheaper and more fulfilling.
Four Ways to Build a Bee-Friendly Neighborhood
by Lindsay Williamsonposted Jul 01, 2014
- Concerned neighbors are a common bane of urban beekeepers. But there are ways to sweeten the deal for them.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Love, Loss, and Lucky Socks
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 27, 2014
- Moments of sadness are inevitable in a life filled with deep connections to other people.
5 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make From Stuff Around the House
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Beckerposted May 06, 2014
- Craft instruments from easy-to-find materials and invite more music into your family's life.
This Neurologist Left His Career and Became San Diego's Happiest Beach Bum
posted May 02, 2014
- Most of the people who know him as a fixture on Pacific Beach aren't aware of the stressful life he left behind.
Why Are We More Optimistic About Ourselves Than About Our Society?
by Lisa Bennettposted Apr 30, 2014
- It's easier to be hopeful about our individual futures than our collective ones because we have more control over them. But the two are inextricably linked.
Soul Food That's Vegan and Healthy? A Cooking Remix Made in Heaven
by Molly Ruskposted Mar 25, 2014
- From the author of Vegan Soul Kitchen, this cookbook charts a new course for southern, African American, and Caribbean cuisine.
Defending the Earth, Even After Death: The Green Burial Movement
by Hunter Marshallposted Mar 20, 2014
- The greenest burial places essentially transform the cemetery into a nature preserve—and a "posthumous occupation" of a $20 billion funeral industry.
A Happy Life or a Meaningful One—Do We Really Need to Choose?
by Jill Suttie, Jason Marshposted Mar 11, 2014
- Researchers continue to debate whether people face a genuine trade-off between seeking a happy life and a meaningful one.
How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together)
by Roman Krznaricposted Jan 31, 2014
- The Empathy Library is a new digital archive where people can point to the books, movies, and other media that help us learn to understand one another.
"We Shall Overcome": Democracy Now! Remembers Folk Icon Pete Seeger
posted Jan 28, 2014
- Folksinger and lifelong activist Pete Seeger passed away on Jan. 27. He was a constant presence in the labor and antiwar movements, and an innovator in the use of music to create solidarity and social change. In this video, Democracy Now! commemorates Seeger's life and work.
6 Habits of Highly Grateful People
by Jeremy Adam Smithposted Dec 23, 2013
- Wearing yourself down with worry? It’s time to thank outside the box.
Less Stuff, More Heart: 5 Gifts On a New Dad’s Christmas List
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Dec 13, 2013
- This is my first Christmas as a father. Since my baby has never known holiday commercialism, it's made me re-examine what I really want to ask for this year.