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The Good Life

Finding fulfillment in the things that matter.

Social Action: The Church’s Ministry in the World Social Action: The Church’s Ministry in the World
by Pastor Don Mackenzie
Somewhere in our history, the link between inner spirituality and its expression in the world as loving social action grew faint. To renew that connection, we can draw deeply on traditions that call attention to our Oneness.
Maryland Launches Genuine Progress Indicator Maryland Launches Genuine Progress Indicator
by Scott Gast
By changing what they measure, Marylanders can see for themselves whether chasing the benefits of continued economic growth is worth the costs.
The Birthday Balloon The Birthday Balloon
by Shannon Hayes
Somewhere in our consumer culture, we have confused material items with expressions of love.
Why Everyone Suffers in Unequal Societies Why Everyone Suffers in Unequal Societies
by Brooke Jarvis
An interview with epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson, whose research shows that what the healthiest and happiest societies have in common is not that they have more, but that what they have is more equitably shared.
Buy Happy Buy Happy
by Caitlin Battersby
Mystified by all the labels? How to buy humane eggs and meat.
An Invitation to Sacred Intention An Invitation to Sacred Intention
by Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, Sheikh Jamal Rahman
Three friends from different faiths offer guidance for forming intentions that focus not on what we do or don't have, but on who we are.
Between Overworked and Out of Work Between Overworked and Out of Work
by Dean Baker
Giving employers incentives to offer paid time off would boost employment, stimulate the economy, and help the U.S. move toward a healthier life-work balance.
Is Laughter the Best Medicine? Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
by R. Morgan Griffin
Feeling rundown? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.
Birds on Wires Making Music Birds on Wires Making Music
Listen to Jarbas Agnelli’s beautiful melody inspired by a photo of birds sitting on electrical wires, using the exact location of the birds to determine the melody's notes.
No Impact Man Movie Trailer No Impact Man Movie Trailer
No car, no washing machine, no toilet paper? Preview how Colin Beavan and family fared in their one-year commitment to have no impact on the environment.
Why is Costa Rica Smiling? Why is Costa Rica Smiling?
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
How a focus on peace is helping this Central American country top the Happy Planet Index.
Spontaneous Smiley Project Spontaneous Smiley Project
by Susie Shutts
When we smile, does the whole world smile back at us?
Spontaneous Smiley Project Spontaneous Smiley Project
Ruth Kaiser, founder of the Spontaneous Smiley Project, sees smiles in everyday life. Here, she shares a few of her favorite spontaneous photographs.
Putting the Science of Happiness Into Practice Putting the Science of Happiness Into Practice
by John de Graaf
Countries around the world are beginning to apply the science of well-being to the decisions they make. News from the 5th International Conference on Gross National Happiness.
Looking Backward: Economics and the Cult of Yesterday Looking Backward: Economics and the Cult of Yesterday
by Jonathan Rowe
GDP and productivity don't measure what's really going on in the economy—or in people's lives. Jonathan Rowe on measuring what matters.
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