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The Good Life

Finding fulfillment in the things that matter.

What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches
by Shannon Hayes
The appearance of “bloodsucking parasites” in one farm family’s pond got them thinking: How could we be so comfortable with our natural world, yet paranoid about harmless—and helpful—creatures in it?
One More Benefit of Local Food One More Benefit of Local Food
by Shannon Hayes
A farmer sings the praises of having non-farmers close at hand.
How to Build a Bike Train How to Build a Bike Train
by Maya Jacobs
Forty years ago, almost half of American kids biked to school. A smart idea for getting kids pedaling again.
The Other Side of Gainful Unemployment The Other Side of Gainful Unemployment
by Shannon Hayes
The downsides of doing it all.
Five Lessons in Human Goodness from “The Hunger Games” Five Lessons in Human Goodness from “The Hunger Games”
by Jeremy Adam Smith
The dystopian tale is really about compassion, empathy, and cooperation, argues Jeremy Adam Smith—and there's scientific reason for that.
The Perks of Being Gainfully Unemployed The Perks of Being Gainfully Unemployed
by Shannon Hayes
Is job security real security? Shannon Hayes makes the case for diversifying your income.
A Vision of America the Possible A Vision of America the Possible
by Gus Speth
Gus Speth imagines a compelling vision of a better, happier country—and how to make it possible.
Live Within Contradictions: Ernest Callenbach’s Last Message Live Within Contradictions: Ernest Callenbach’s Last Message
by Ernest Callenbach
The author of Ecotopia, who died in April, left behind his final thoughts on hope and transformation.
Why This May Day Matters Why This May Day Matters
by Sarah van Gelder
This year, the day is about occupying the space and the time to create a different world.
The UN Embraces the Economics of Happiness The UN Embraces the Economics of Happiness
by Laura Musikanski
Leaders from around the world want well-being—not gross national product—to guide our economic decisions.
How Biking Benefits Everyone How Biking Benefits Everyone
by Jay Walljasper
Just because someone doesn’t bike, doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from cities and towns making biking a priority.
The Story of the Commons The Story of the Commons
by Jay Walljasper
Tired of the privatization of everything? You’re not alone. Annie Leonard on how we can recognize and rebuild the things we all share.
Time to Rediscover Poverty Time to Rediscover Poverty
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Barbara Ehrenreich: A new and more accurate understanding of American poverty is long overdue.
Beyond Debt: An Economy of Gratitude Beyond Debt: An Economy of Gratitude
by Charles Eisenstein
Charles Eisenstein reviews David Graeber’s book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years.
How to Find Meaning and Money in Your Work How to Find Meaning and Money in Your Work
by Billy Parish
Millions of us are resigning ourselves to work that hurts us, hurts others, and damages the planet. We’re wasting our greatest assets.
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