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Sustainable Happiness

What makes us happy? It’s a question we could leave to philosophers and poets, except for this: the pursuit of happiness, as now defined, is running our world into the ground. So the question that may turn out to be key to our future is: How can we have happy people and a happy planet?

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Pillow Fight NYC. Photo byWaisum Tam, Flickr: Urbanblitz.
Editor's Introduction
A new American Dream.

Woman in fall leaves, photo by Anssi Ruuska, istock
ECONOMY
If big spending, debt, and a soaring Dow didn’t make us happy, what will?

Photo by Niko Guido, Istock. YES! Magazine interactive graphic.
10 THINGS
Scientists can tell us how to be happy. Really. Here are 10 ways, with the research to prove it.

Colin -No-Impact-Man- Beavan and his daughter, photo by Paul Dunn
NO PRESENTS?
This family had a merry Christmas without adding to anybody’s pile of stuff.
Cutie Pie
SAY THANK YOU
Gratitude and happiness are related. Think you’re thankful? Take the test.

Matthieu Ricard and the Dalai Lama, Photo by Pagoda Phat Hue, Phathue.com
SCIENCE OF BLISS
A scientist-turned-monk shares the Tibetan Buddhists’ secrets of happiness.


Students at a voter empowerment training session. Photo by Beth Bissmeyer
POWER
Frances Moore Lappé says power isn’t something to be afraid of. It’s an important part of the good life.
Jarid Manos. courtesy Great Plains Conservation Council
HEALING
In the city, he drank and sold drugs. Then Jarid Manos moved to the prairie.
Dee Williams tiny house. Photo by Betty Udesen
SUSTAINABILITY
What Dee Williams learned about freedom when she “downsized” to a tiny house on wheels.

HAPPINESS-IN-ACTION HEROES
Real people show how to live the good life and share their secrets to happiness.

NYC public Pillow Fight, photo by Angel Irun

:: KEVIN PICKS A PILLOW FIGHT


:: JOE’S 82 AND STILL BREAKING RECORDS

:: TAL TEACHES HAPPINESS AT HARVARD
Kurt Hoelting, photo by Rob Barrick

:: BHUTAN’S KING GAUGES HAPPINESS

:: KURT PADDLES CLOSE TO HOME

:: TINA QUITS HER DAY JOB
Mark Bittman, photo by Evan Sung

:: MARK KEEPS THE SECULAR SABBATH

:: CECILE SAVORS THE SLOW LIFE

:: TITUS OFFERS A WET-NOSE TOUCH
Laughter Yoga. Photo by Randall Rode

:: MATTHIEU’S BRAIN LIGHTS UP

:: MADAN LAUGHS OUT LOUD

:: DHAMMA BROTHERS GET QUIET


Marilyn Call, courtesy the Call Family
GRIEF
She dropped everything to be with her mother at the end of her life. Here’s what she learned about living, grieving, and joy.
Puanani Burgess, photo by Paul Dunn
WHAT'S YOUR GIFT?
A young man, written off as a looser, discovers his own unique gift.

Book cover of Do Good Lives Have to Cost the earth, and photo of Andrew Simms
THE GOOD LIFE DOESN'T HAVE TO COST THE PLANET
Here is what a day looks like in a perfect (aka post-consumerist) world.


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Winter 09 Online
Videos, photo essays, music, and more around the happiness issue.
YES! Magazine Dicussion Guide, Issue 48
Discussion Guide
Conversation starters and article summaries for Sustainable Happiness.
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Resource Guide
Organizations, initiatives, and a library for happy people and a happy planet.

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