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The Good Life

Finding fulfillment in the things that matter.

A Happy Life or a Meaningful One—Do We Really Need to Choose? 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) 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 "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 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 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  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 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 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 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.
An Unexpected Paradise on Haiti's South Coast An Unexpected Paradise on Haiti's South Coast
by YES! online staff
These filmmakers toured Haiti's rural south in a pickup truck for 10 days. The footage they created shows a side of Haitian life most have never seen.
Five Reasons Why We Need Halloween Five Reasons Why We Need Halloween
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Don't think rituals celebrating costumes and candy can make you happier and healthier? Science says they can.
12 Things You Can Do With a Mason Jar (and Only One Involves Canning) 12 Things You Can Do With a Mason Jar (and Only One Involves Canning)
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
Want to unstuff your life? Find the tools that multitask.
The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers
by Sven Eberlein
Glamorized consumer culture has serious side effects—and to help people in remote Indian villages understand this, one filmmaker brought them to the West. Here’s what they thought of the dark side of Western lifestyles.
Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff
by Simon Okelo
It was only after experiencing the abundance of stuff in the United States that Simon Okelo learned to value life with less, the way he grew up.
Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm
by Shannon Hayes
Selling food in the freezing rain is not my favorite thing. But seeing my customers come out in the bad weather reminded me of why of do this work.
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