Why is Costa Rica Smiling?
by Lisa Gale GarriguesDec 15, 2009
- How a focus on peace is helping this Central American country top the Happy Planet Index.
Spontaneous Smiley Project
by Susie ShuttsDec 14, 2009
- When we smile, does the whole world smile back at us?
Spontaneous Smiley Project
Dec 11, 2009
- 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
by John de GraafDec 06, 2009
- 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
by Jonathan RoweDec 01, 2009
- 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.
Fight Climate Change: Live the Good Life
by Colin BeavanDec 01, 2009
- Low-carbon living isn’t a sacrifice. Colin Beavan says it’s the good life.
I Give Thanks
Nov 25, 2009
- An original song by Kathryn Mostow, inspired by Margaret Mead's famous quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Nov 11, 2009
- Susan Hardman photographs Costa Rica, which topped the 2009 Happy Planet Index. The Index takes into consideration factors such as a country's ecological footprint and life expectancies.
Elizabeth Gilbert on the Genius in Us All
Sep 22, 2009
- Elizabeth Gilbert discusses our impossible expectations of artists and geniuses suggesting that maybe there is a little genius in us all. It's a funny, personal, and surprisingly moving talk.
The Economics of Happiness
by Saamah AbdallahSep 21, 2009
- In France, a ground-breaking commission of leading economists suggests that nations look beyond GDP.
Melia Reschools Herself
by Lynsi BurtonSep 09, 2009
- For her one-woman project, Reschool Yourself, Melia Dicker revisited her childhood classrooms, shadowing students and interviewing teachers to figure out how school had defined her adulthood.
Parker Palmer: Know Yourself, Change Your World
by Sarah van GelderSep 09, 2009
- An interview with Parker J. Palmer
Roadtrip Nation Takes the Route Less Traveled
by Madeline OstranderSep 09, 2009
- Roadtrip Nation, a personal journey turned film, then TV series, and now a youth movement, sends groups of young people out on the road every year to find out how people choose careers they’re passionate about.
No Vacation Nation
by John de GraafSep 04, 2009
- Along with paid vacation, we're missing out on happiness, better health, and a more sustainable society.
Interview with “No Impact Man” Colin Beavan
by Colin Beavan, Amy GoodmanDec 29, 2008
- Amy Goodman talks with Colin Beavan on Democracy Now. “And finally, on this Christmas Eve, I’m joined by a man who makes a compelling environmental case for a non-consumptive Christmas. Colin Beavan is also known as the No Impact Man. Beavan, along with his wife, their two-year-old daughter and dog, spent a year attempting to minimize their ecological footprint while continuing to live in the heart of New York City.”