Happiness

The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Love, Loss, and Lucky Socks
by Shannon Hayes
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 Becker
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
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 Bennett
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 Rusk
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 Marshall
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 Marsh
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 Krznaric
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
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 Smith
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 Finke
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.
This Farmhouse Cookbook Will Show You How Gathering at the Table Can Revive Your Spirit
by YES! Editors
Visit the remote kitchen of a writers' refuge where Dorothy Allison, Ruth Ozeki, and other women discovered radical hospitality for the body and soul.
The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think
by Roman Krznaric
What might history teach us about living more simple, less consumerist lifestyles?
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.
Lessons from a Pay-It-Forward Restaurant: The Importance of Gratitude
by Pavithra Mehta
At the Karma Kitchen, people enjoy a meal that’s already paid for—and are invited to continue the chain of generosity. In the process, organizers and participants alike learn the transformative power of gratitude.