What Is The Good Life?

Issue 30  Summer 2004
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Is the American Dream really the good life? Is there a way to live the good life that both brings happiness and requires far less of the earth? Can the quest for the good life be a completely private matter? Summer 2004.
The Secret to Happiness

Look inside at what actually gives you joy, and the good life may be closer than you thought

The Demand for the Common Good

What happens when economic growth produces more “illth” than wealth? What happens when it gobbles up the foundation of the good life—the commons?

Yes! But How?

If you're searching for practical ways to live sustainably, just ask us.

Walking Through Fear

An interview with Frances Moore Lappé by Sarah Ruth van Gelder

Mother of Exiles

Since September 11, immigration has resurfaced as a political lightning rod. YES! contributing editor Pramila Jayapal reflects on what is at stake for all of us in the debate over immigration.

Street-corner Revolution

With winged trucks, paint, and corner kiosks, Portlanders are transforming their neighborhoods. Now, even city officials are applauding

Your Stories of the Good Life

What does the good life mean to you? These readers tell us it means sharing food, helping neighbors, raising a child, honoring other gods, and being present with someone who is dying

Renewing the American Experiment

Something must happen so as to touch the hearts and souls of men that they will come together, not because the law says it, but because it is natural and right. — Martin Luther King, Stride Toward Freedom, 1958