Happiness

Work Less, Live More
by Juliet Schor
Working fewer hours could help save our economy, our sanity, and the planet.
Does Inequality Make Us Unhappy?
by Carmen Sobczak
A new study suggests Americans' happiness declines when there’s a wider gap between rich and poor.
Small Steps for Growing a No Impact Family
by Kathy Kottaras
Since trying the No Impact Week experiment, our family has learned to be mindful of our habits, and live with more joy.
Jump In Together: An Invitation to No Impact Week
by Colin Beavan
Sometimes the hardest part of changing our lives and world is believing that it’s possible. Colin Beavan on finding a place to start.
At Home with W.S. Merwin
The U.S. Poet Laureate on learning from Ezra Pound, and why his plot of indigenous Hawaiian rainforest inspires his poetry today.
The Cyclists Who Beat an Airplane: A Tale of Carmaggedon
by Brooke Jarvis
Los Angeles—perhaps America’s most famously car-choked city—briefly became a modern transportation morality play.
“I’d Rather Have a Life than a Pile of Money”
by Fran Korten
Peter Buffett, Warren Buffett’s son, on his family wealth, his music career, and his commitment to social justice.
Toward a Post-Growth Society
by James Gustave Speth
Gus Speth: It’s business as usual that’s the utopian fantasy, while creating something very new and different is the pragmatic way forward.
The American Dream vs. the Gospel of Wealth
by James Gustave Speth
Is America meant to be a land of opportunity or inequality? Civic virtue or consumerism? Gus Speth explores three deep contradictions in the American identity, asking: What's next for the American dream?
15 Years of Saying YES!
Video: 15 years ago, YES! Magazine's founders wondered if, amidst the doom and gloom, there was a place for journalism about hope and possibility. They found their answer.
Spiritual Environmentalism: Healing Ourselves by Replenishing the Earth
by Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai: What role does spirituality play in our work to heal the earth?
Living Buildings, Living Economies, and a Living Future
by David Korten
David Korten: Two ideas that bring me renewed hope that we can end our isolation from nature and from each other.
How Can We Solve the Jobs Crisis?
by Sarah van Gelder
Targeting workers, the unemployed, and public services won't do it. Help us find the solutions that will.
Radical Homemaking: It’s Not a Competition
by Shannon Hayes
When it comes to ecological living, there's always someone who's doing it better. So what?
The World of Our Dreams
by David Korten
I find hope in the fact that for all our wondrous differences, at the core we humans all want most of the same things. Fortunately, what we want aligns with where we need to go.