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The Good Life

Finding fulfillment in the things that matter.

A History of Happiness A History of Happiness
by Darrin M. McMahon, Ph.D.
We can learn a lot from older traditions that focused on being good rather than feeling good and measured happiness in lifetimes, not moments.
How to Make Biking Mainstream: Lessons from the Dutch How to Make Biking Mainstream: Lessons from the Dutch
by Jay Walljasper
The Dutch have spent 35 years perfecting the country's bicycling infrastructure. We, too, can transform biking from a recreational pastime to an integral part of our transportation system.
Resilient Ideas: A Hand-Built Home Resilient Ideas: A Hand-Built Home
by Sven Eberlein
No fortune? No skills? No problem. How a novice builder used mud–and teamwork–to make a house from scratch.
Movies, My Kids, and Me Movies, My Kids, and Me
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes used movies to give her daughters—and herself—an occasional break. Then they began to take over.
What is Real Wealth? What is Real Wealth?
by John Robbins
In an essay adapted from his new book, The New Good Life, John Robbins points out that we've been measuring happiness in all the wrong ways. How can we find true quality of life?
3 Pillars of a Food Revolution 3 Pillars of a Food Revolution
by Anna Lappé
As marketers learn to fake climate-friendly food, how do we spot the real thing? Anna Lappé says it's a question of values.
A Paradise Built in Hell A Paradise Built in Hell
by Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit's latest book explores communities that rise to the challenge of disaster.
Leaving It Up To Them Leaving It Up To Them
by Shannon Hayes
What happens when children raised in radical homes choose the straight and narrow?
One Day Each Week Without Laptop, Phone, or TV? How a "Tech Sabbath" Can Heal Your Mind One Day Each Week Without Laptop, Phone, or TV? How a "Tech Sabbath" Can Heal Your Mind
by Erika Kosina
A day of rest, it turns out, is still a good idea.
Independence Day Independence Day
by Pastor Don Mackenzie
America may be free from a monarch, but can we be truly independent in a consumerist society?
Happy Cities for the Global South: Interview with Enrique Peñalosa Happy Cities for the Global South: Interview with Enrique Peñalosa
by Jay Walljasper
Former Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa is convincing city planners from Beijing to Mexico City to create lively public spaces that center around people and community, not cars.
Live Dangerously: 10 Easy Steps Live Dangerously: 10 Easy Steps
by Shannon Hayes
When Shannon Hayes made a list of easy steps for becoming a radical homemaker, she didn't realize just how revolutionary they were.
Back to Shore Back to Shore
by Pastor Don Mackenzie
A drift from substance is a recurring pattern in religious life. What will it take to call ourselves back to the essentials?
Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature
by Rev. Wendy L. Bell
The Rev. Wendy L. Bell reviews Kathleen Dean Moore latest book.
10 Ways Our World is Becoming More Shareable 10 Ways Our World is Becoming More Shareable
by Neal Gorenflo, Jeremy Adam Smith
We're sharing more things, more deeply, with more people. Why sharing is the answer to some of today's biggest questions.
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