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The Good Life

Finding fulfillment in the things that matter.

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.
Fight Climate Change: Live the Good Life Fight Climate Change: Live the Good Life
by Colin Beavan
Low-carbon living isn’t a sacrifice. Colin Beavan says it’s the good life.
I Give Thanks I Give Thanks
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."
Costa Rica Costa Rica
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 Elizabeth Gilbert on the Genius in Us All
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 The Economics of Happiness
by Saamah Abdallah
In France, a ground-breaking commission of leading economists suggests that nations look beyond GDP.
Melia Reschools Herself Melia Reschools Herself
by Lynsi Burton
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 Parker Palmer: Know Yourself, Change Your World
by Sarah van Gelder
An interview with Parker J. Palmer
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