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10 Black Women Innovators and the Awesome Things They Brought Us

From a better hairbrush to modern 3D technology, ten things that might never have existed without the invention or innovation of black women.

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10 Films to Keep You Inspired

Movies to remind you there’s hope in the fight for justice and equality.

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10 Things Science Taught Us About Happiness in 2012

Last year’s most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings on the science of living a meaningful life.

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10 Ways Our World is Becoming More Shareable

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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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.

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We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life

City living is changing animals in surprising ways. But they’re also transforming the cities they share with us.

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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.

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Photo Essay: 20 of the World’s Best Public Spaces

Public spaces can be anything from a lush urban park to a subway station, but all of them offer a free place to enjoy the company of friends, family, and strangers.

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Let’s Practice Gratitude Together

What are you grateful for? Join us in a 3-week exploration.

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3 Essential School Supplies—That Aren’t on Your List

When kids have friends, they’re more likely to grow into happy adults. How to help your children develop the tools they need most.

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3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season

Last year, YES! publisher Fran Korten shared her efforts to move more stuff out of her house than into it. With the season of “stuff” upon us again, here’s what she’s learned about unstuffing her life.

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3 Global Cities That Are Doing Bike Shares Right (And One’s in Texas!)

From China to San Antonio, cities are using rental bike programs to create healthier commutes. Here are a few insights from some of the world’s best programs.

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4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook

Following the heartbreak in Newtown, many Americans find themselves wondering—are people just horrible? Jeremy Adam Smith on why compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are everywhere, even in tragedy.

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Bikesharing Trends to Watch in 2015

There are a number of bikesharing trends to be excited about this year, from better technology to increased access in low-income communities.

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Live Each Day Like It's Your ... First?

Five reasons “live each day like it’s your last” is the worst advice ever.

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5 Reasons to Serve

What doing things for others does for ourselves.

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5 Things Science Says Will Make You Happier

Happy people are healthier, make more money, and live longer. Thankfully researchers say it’s something we can cultivate with practice. Here’s how.

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Less Stuff, More Heart: 5 Gifts On a New Dad’s Christmas List

This is my first Christmas as a father. Since my baby has never known holiday commercialism, it's made me re-examine what I really want to ask for this year.

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5 Ways Science Says to Handle Difficult Emotional Situations

Resilience practices can help you confront stress and pain more skillfully, starting with finding silver linings.

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6 Habits of Highly Empathetic People

According to new research, empathy is a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives. But what is empathy? And how can you expand your own empathetic potential?

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6 Habits of Highly Grateful People

Wearing yourself down with worry? It’s time to thank outside the box.

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6 Horrifying Foods You’ve Probably Eaten

Are you going to eat that? Because the food industrial complex is the stuff of nightmares.

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6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet

We asked psychologists, user experience designers, and writers what web users could to do to promote more empathic interaction in online places. Here's what they said.

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6 Ways to Make Our Money Bring Us More Happiness

What if we defined wise spending in terms of the happiness that it brings? Research shows certain spending can bring us closer to others.

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6 Ways to Start Sharing

What do you do when you want to start sharing resources, but your community’s not into it?

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7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet

The starting point is to realize we have choices—like meaningful work, authentic relationships, and gratitude.

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8 Courageous Things Harry Potter Fans Did to Fight Real-Life Dark Forces

If Harry Potter were a real person, he’d fight child labor, voter suppression, and poverty. Here are our favorite ways Harry's fans have taken his values from the page to the real world.

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A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists

StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator—from a remote controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.

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A Call to Bring the World Together…

Video: Since its November 2009 launch, over 36,000 people have affirmed the Charter for Compassion, a project that sprouted from author Karen Armstrong's TED speech. Based on the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," the charter is a result of public input from 150,000 religious and secular people worldwide.

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A Car-Free Street in Queens

Parents, children, painters, and teens now have a community play space in their Jackson Heights neighborhood.

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A New Dad Asks, If Male Violence Is the Biggest Threat to Women—How Do I Raise a Kind Son?

The idea of having a baby boy scared me: What kind of man will he grow up to be? Here’s what I learned about what it takes to raise compassionate men.

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A Fun Way to Stop Buying Things You Don’t Really Need

Instead of buying the items she coveted, this artist made paintings of them. Here’s what she learned after a year of not shopping.

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A History of Happiness

We can learn a lot from older traditions that focused on being good rather than feeling good and measured happiness in lifetimes, not moments.

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Undercover Support for LGBT Teens

Video: LGBT teachers show solidarity with their students, even when it means they have to do it in disguise.

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A Lesson in Love From the Protest at the Port

A minister and occupier, beaten and arrested by police, on his continuing belief in the power of love.

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A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine

A midnight run-in with a spiny interloper forced me to re-evaluate my priorities.

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A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way

A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain.

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A Mom's Guide to Decluttering: Why My Kids Gave Up Almost All Their Toys

I hate clutter, and one morning I just couldn't take it anymore. Here's how I got my kids to throw out their toys and tidy up our house.

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A Mothers’ Movement for Future Generations

Cancer survivor Heidi Hutner worried about how to raise a baby girl in an increasingly toxic world. Why she, and others, are convening the Women’s Congress for Future Generations to make the earth safe again for our children.

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A New Story for a New Economy

David Korten's new essay (available to read as a PDF) connects the work of finding a new sacred story with the effort to build a new economy.

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A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood

How have foreclosures transformed the layouts of Detroit, Las Vegas, and other cities? Artist Kathryn Clark’s mapped it—in quilts.

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A Radical Homemaker on How to De-Stress, Have Fun, and Stay Healthy This Christmas

Tired of the spending that goes along with the holidays? The gifting frenzy? The stress? Maybe this is the year to blend a few new ideas into your holiday routine.

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A Simple Idea to Transform the Life of Our Cities

Even a short stretch of car-free pavement empowers pedestrians to realize the road belongs to them, too

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A Tale of Two Cities: Beijing and Detroit

Which symbolizes success, and which disintegration? It may not be what you think.

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A World on Two Wheels

Video: Can you imagine a city where bikes rule? Flashback to the Netherlands' vibrant mid-century bike culture.

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Lessons from a Pay-It-Forward Restaurant: The Importance of Gratitude

At the Karma Kitchen, people enjoy a meal that’s already paid for—and are invited to continue the chain of generosity. In the process, organizers and participants alike learn the transformative power of gratitude.

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Acupuncture, Yoga, and Massage: Not Just for Rich People

From Oakland to Brooklyn, practitioners of holistic health care are working to make their services affordable for all.

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Acupuncturists help ease post-Katrina stress

Acupuncturists Without Border help relieve the pain of those left in post-Katrina New Orleans and those who have come to help.

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Advent Conspiracy - Christmas Can Still Change the World

Advent Conspiracy proposes that people buy less and give more--of their time and love.

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After Las Vegas, These Are the Questions That Can Bring Us Peace

If we can stop clinging to stories that obscure the truth of what happened, then what follows easily is, How can I help?

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How To Raise Boys to be Kind Men

What can we do to help young men respect women, recognize consent, and have healthy sexual relationships? Teach them kindness to others—and the courage to go against the crowd.

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An Alaska Native Myth Tells of a Never-Ending Blizzard—Now You Can Learn About It on Xbox

The first video game developed by an indigenous-owned company uses gaming’s immersive storytelling style to connect players with Alaska Native culture.

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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

How the poet, activist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author has changed the world with her words.

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All That We Share

Welcome to a new kind of movement—one that reshapes how we think about ownership and cooperation.

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All This Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Can liberals empathize with Trump supporters? How to understand people on the other side during this election cycle.

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A Vision of America the Possible

Gus Speth imagines a compelling vision of a better, happier country—and how to make it possible.

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An Experiment in Gratitude

From Soul Pancake's series "The Science of Happiness," this video follows five participants in an experiment that measures how much their happiness increases after they express gratitude.

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An Interfaith Occupation

The Occupy movement is bringing deep moral questions that many religions confront to the forefront of national conversation. How faith groups are joining in.

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Ancient India's 5 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness)

For the sages of ancient India, sex and romance were just the first few steps in a more expansive process of learning to love.

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Animal Odd Couples

Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.

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Art & Activism

Creative ways to get your voice heard.

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Creeped Out by "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Try This Feminist Version

In the original song, she wants to go home, he says no, and then he spikes her drink. Blogger Dara Laine replaces the uncomfortable Christmas refrain with the female-friendly "Baby, It's Consent Inside."

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How We Went Back to School, Macklemore Style

For a more sustainable start to the school year, just follow the Seattle-based rapper to that thrift store down the road.

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Photo Essay: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Joins the Green Museum Movement

LEED certification is tricky for museums, which must carefully regulate temperature and humidity. That makes this brand new building in small-town Washington all the more remarkable.

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"Beauty Feeds a Different Kind of Hunger": An Interview with Terry Tempest Williams

"I used to ask the question, 'Am I an activist or a writer?' I don't ask that anymore. I am simply a human being engaged."

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Becoming an Empathic Civilization

Video: Economist Jeremy Rifkin believes we can do it, and now he’s got cartoons to show why.

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Being Kind

KarmaTube music video on kindness.

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“Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing

An installation of creatively shaped benches in Belgium pushes the edge of urban sit-ability.

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Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof

“We want to show that faith doesn't divide Jews, Christians and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”

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Better Eating Through Mindfulness

How can increasing your awareness of tasting, craving, and satisfaction be a tool for healthier eating? Here’s what psychologists have to say.

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Beyond Classic Disney: 5 Great Animated Kids’ Films Without the Racial Stereotypes

Many of the Disney classics contain outdated images of racial and gender groups. Luckily, recent animated masterpieces provide alternatives without sacrificing anything in the way of imagination.

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Beyond GDP: UK to Measure Well-Being

The UK is trying out a new way to see if government policies are improving people’s lives: ask.

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Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer

You know the model: Consumers purchase a share of the season’s harvest upfront and get a box of fresh produce each week from the farm. Now you can get your medicine that way too.

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Big Apple Kids from 194 Countries

Danny Goldfield’s NYChildren project captures images of kids from the world's 194 countries. Catch the project's spirit–it’s more than just pictures.

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"Blackfish" on CNN: Documentary about Captive Orca Whales Goes Mainstream

The public reaction to a documentary about captive orca whales showed an empathy we don't usually associate with TV audiences.

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Blended Nation: A Portrait of Mixed-Race America

Photo Essay: Mike Tauber's 2009 book, Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed-Race America, features photographs of individuals alongside intimate interviews about their thoughts on what it means to be multiracial.

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Bottle Bank Arcade-What Happens When We Make Choices Fun?

Turning bottle recycling into an arcade game produces smiles and a healthier planet.

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Breastfeeding Moms Boot Nestlé from Maternity Wards

If breastfeeding is healthier for babies, why are hospitals pushing corporate infant formula? How a growing number of states and cities are banning marketing in the maternity ward.

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Brett Dennen on the Healing Power of Music

Though he’s climbed to the top ten of the indie music charts and won accolades from Rolling Stone, 30-year-old musician Brett Dennen says his most important work to date has been with children at The Mosaic Project, a small outdoor school in the Napa Hills of California.

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Bring on the Learning Revolution!

In a sequel to his talk on how schools kill creativity, Sir Ken Robinson urges society to create schools where kids’ natural talents are recognized and nurtured.

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Video: Bringing Diversity to America’s National Parks

Take a journey to Yosemite National Park with the Amazing Grace 50+ Club, a Los Angeles-based church group that strives to bring more people of color to our national parks.

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How a Bronx Theater Uses Avant-Garde Theater to Teach Everyday Activism

Whether the crisis is AIDS or cyber-bullying, Pregones Theater’s empathy-based theater techniques help young people rehearse for action.

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Photo Essay: Building a Handmade Cob House

Self-sufficiency does not happen in a day, a week, or even a year. It takes time and effort.

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The Urban Common Spaces That Show Us We Belong to Something Larger

We must protect the parks, pathways, and gardens that connect us to each other and to the ecosystems of our home.

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Building the World We Want: Interview with Mark Lakeman

Interview with the co-founder of the City Repair Project, a Portland group that helps neighbors turn public spaces into gathering places.

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Can Empathy for Birds Make Us Happier? Ten Breakthroughs in the Science of a Meaningful Life

Last year, scientists found that gratitude makes us financially smarter, mindfulness reduces racism, a little sadness makes for healthier people, and compassion for birds could help tackle climate change.

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