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The Good Life

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Finding fulfillment in the things that matter.

Lost Generation Lost Generation
by Jonathan Reed
Jonathan Reed’s poem about what life would be like when you turn 50 seems depressing at first—but when you read the poem in reverse, life seems a lot brighter.
Beyond GDP: UK to Measure Well-Being Beyond GDP: UK to Measure Well-Being
by Laura Stoll
The UK is trying out a new way to see if government policies are improving people’s lives: ask.
Why the Kings of Bhutan Ride Bicycles Why the Kings of Bhutan Ride Bicycles
by Madhu Suri Prakash
Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley on Gross National Happiness, his country's traditions, and the importance of democracy.
Fixing the Future Fixing the Future
Video: David Brancaccio's full documentary as he travels the country to visit communities that are changing their economy in unique ways.
Out of Chaos Out of Chaos
by Sarah van Gelder
15 years ago, YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder wrote this piece for the launch issue of YES! How well does it stand up in a world that is, if anything, more chaotic?
How To Keep Love Going Strong How To Keep Love Going Strong
by John M. and Julie Gottman
Poster: 7 principles on the road to happily ever after.
Happy Holidays? 6 Ways to Get There Happy Holidays? 6 Ways to Get There
by James Baraz
Research-tested strategies for feeling the joy of the holiday season.
The Good Life? It’s Close to Home The Good Life? It’s Close to Home
by John McKnight and Peter Block
Rebuilding families and neighborhoods around the gifts each of us offers.
Freer, Messier, Happier Freer, Messier, Happier
by Jeremy Adam Smith
These days, moms, dads, kids, grandmas—even neighbors—are sharing the work of family.
Did I Ever Tell You the Story? Did I Ever Tell You the Story?
by Tomas Moniz
As our families grow older, it's the stories we share that bind us together.
Hands-on Research: The Science of Touch Hands-on Research: The Science of Touch
by Dacher Keltner
How everyday forms of touch can bring us emotional balance and better health.
The Road to Real Health The Road to Real Health
by John de Graaf
Health care's just part of the picture. Five policies that would be good for our health, happiness, and wallets.
You Are Who You Eat With You Are Who You Eat With
by Katherine Gustafson
Why hectic times call for a return to the family meal.
The Road to Right-Size Cities The Road to Right-Size Cities
by Frank and Deborah Popper
The American fable of all-but-permanent urban and economic growth is over. How cities can prepare for a smaller, but not necessarily worse, future.
Traditions That Make A Family Traditions That Make A Family
YES! staff, board members, interns, Facebook friends, and Twitter followers share practices that help define their families.
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