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The Good Life

Finding fulfillment in the things that matter.

7 Ways to Find Your Wild Side (Start With a Nap) 7 Ways to Find Your Wild Side (Start With a Nap)
by Shannan Stoll, Fabien Tepper, Valerie Schloredt
Color like a butterfly, eat like an ancient healer, and other ways to rediscover your inner wildness.
Meet the Youngest Member of the Tiny House Movement Meet the Youngest Member of the Tiny House Movement
This 16-year-old is building himself a future free from mortgage payments, not to mention college accommodations that are a bit homier than your average dorm room.
Radical Generosity Radical Generosity
by Paul Van Slambrouk
What’s better than turning a profit by selling your work? Filmmakers, cafe owners, and even corporations like Panera Bread point to the satisfaction that comes with giving it away.
10 Things Science Taught Us About Happiness in 2012 10 Things Science Taught Us About Happiness in 2012
by Jason Marsh, Lauren Klein, Jeremy Adam Smith
Last year’s most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings on the science of living a meaningful life.
Want to Find Holiday Joy? Start by Lowering Expectations Want to Find Holiday Joy? Start by Lowering Expectations
by Christine Carter
Video: Christine Carter offers three tips to avoid holiday stress and experience the joys of the season.
The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost
by Shannon Hayes
All of us lose loved ones over the course of our lives, and the pain of those losses is especially sharp during the holiday season. Passing on their memories to younger generations is a gift that truly lasts.
Is Time With Family Better Than Shopping? Is Time With Family Better Than Shopping?
Video: This Black Friday, celebrate your favorite non-shopping activity with this invitation from The Story of Stuff Project.
I Am Grateful That Thorns Have Roses: 11 Reasons to Remember Thankfulness I Am Grateful That Thorns Have Roses: 11 Reasons to Remember Thankfulness
Studies show that gratitude has an inverse correlation with depression—the more grateful you are, the happier you are. Eleven thinkers, throughout the ages, on why being thankful matters.
Feeling Short on Time? Try Something Awe-Inspiring Feeling Short on Time? Try Something Awe-Inspiring
by Stacey Kennelly
A study suggests that the same experiences that make us notice the vastness of the universe also make us feel there’s more time in the day.
9 Simple Steps to Improve Your Health (Without Joining a Gym) 9 Simple Steps to Improve Your Health (Without Joining a Gym)
by Sven Eberlein
Laughter, the arts, touch, sleep. What you can do in your everyday life to get healthier.
Breaking Through Concrete: An Urban Farm Roadtrip Breaking Through Concrete: An Urban Farm Roadtrip
by David Hanson, Edwin Marty, Michael Hanson
Farmers across the country are taking to rooftops, vacant lots, any space they can find to build an urban farm revival.
Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Riches Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Riches
by Stacey Kennelly
A series of studies shows that wealth doesn’t make us happier—but the respect of others does.
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.
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