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The Good Life

Finding fulfillment in the things that matter.

The Benefits of Gratitude The Benefits of Gratitude
by Ocean Robbins
There’s an old saying that if you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness. It turns out this isn’t just a fluffy idea.
Book Review: The Empowerment Manual Book Review: The Empowerment Manual
by Olivia Rosane
Starhawk's guide to collaborative group success.
A Tale of Two Cities: Beijing and Detroit A Tale of Two Cities: Beijing and Detroit
by Helena Norberg-Hodge
Which symbolizes success, and which disintegration? It may not be what you think.
Local Economies for a Global Future Local Economies for a Global Future
by Jason F. McLennan
Yes, we need to relocalize—but that doesn’t mean we're headed for provincialism. Anticipating our near-heavy, far-light future.
Why Own When You Can Share? Why Own When You Can Share?
Welcome to the new age of collaborative consumption.
We (Still) Want Bread, and Roses Too We (Still) Want Bread, and Roses Too
by John de Graaf
The centennial of the famous strike in Lawrence, Mass., reminds us that our fight is about more than economics.
The Many Benefits of Working Less The Many Benefits of Working Less
Yes, more time off would make us happier—but it's a good idea for the economy and the planet, too.
5 Reasons to Serve 5 Reasons to Serve
by Nipun Mehta
What doing things for others does for ourselves.
To Build Community, an Economy of Gifts To Build Community, an Economy of Gifts
by Charles Eisenstein
For a multitude of reasons, we need to need each other.
Nipun Mehta: An Economy to Feed Your Soul Nipun Mehta: An Economy to Feed Your Soul
by Jennifer Kaye
The YES! Breakthrough 15: How relationships are our real wealth.
Let’s Unstuff the Holidays Let’s Unstuff the Holidays
by Fran Korten
I longed for simpler surroundings. So I made a resolution: Each week I would move more stuff out of the house than came in.
Occupy Wall Street, Beyond Encampments Occupy Wall Street, Beyond Encampments
by Luis Moreno-Caballud, Marina Sitrin
As winter arrives and police crack down, how can occupiers keep their movement alive—and help it grow? Veteran activists share lessons from Spain’s Indignados.
Cooking Up Karma: A Taste of the Gift Economy Cooking Up Karma: A Taste of the Gift Economy
Video: At a restaurant in Berkeley, there’s no bill at the end of the meal—just a request to pay it forward for those who come after you.
Cooking Up Karma: A Taste of the Gift Economy Cooking Up Karma: A Taste of the Gift Economy
Video: At a restaurant in Berkeley, there's no bill at the end of the meal—just a request to pay it forward for those who come after you.
Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta
by Susan Smartt Cook
Review: Ina May Gaskin, the mother of modern midwifery, calls for a return to woman-centered birth culture in her new book.
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