Warrior Baboons Give Peace a Chance, our favorite Science of Happiness articles, 10 Everyday Acts of Resistance That Changed the World, and more...
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         April 2011 

In this newsletter, more highlights from the SPRING
issue of YES! Magazine, “Can Animals Save Us? What They Teach Us About Being Human”


Warrior Baboons Give Peace a Chance, Robert Sapolsky's article in the Can Animals Save Us? issue of YES! Magazine
Warrior Baboons Give Peace a Chance

Scientists have long said humans are naturally violent and, like other primates, can’t change. Then a trick of fate turned a troop of baboons into peacemakers.

Baboons are exceptional subjects for studying social stress, behavioral scientist Robert Sapolsky says, because they usually live in large, complex groups with plenty of food and few predators. They therefore devote minimal time to surviving and have ample free time to make life miserable for each other.

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Robert Sapolsky speaking at Stanford, 2009
The Uniqueness of Humans

Robert Sapolsky has spent years learning about wild baboons—and from them. In this interesting and often amusing talk, Sapolsky explores the range of human uniqueness compared with other animals.

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  The Science of Happiness…  



10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy, a YES! Magazine poster Six of our favorite YES! articles on the ways science shows us how to be happy …

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Buddhist monk meditating at the great pagoda in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Photo by echiner1. flickr.com/decadence
A new study found that activism leads to feeling more alert, alive, and satisfied with life. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage. flickr.com/photos/elijah/3291738201
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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.
Making a Difference Makes You Happy
A series of studies find that activism brings pleasant emotions, greater life satisfaction, and more experiences of freedom, competence, and connection to others.


Matthieu Ricard, left, quit his career as a cellular geneticist nearly 40 years ago to study Buddhism. He is the French translator for the Dalai Lama, right. Photo by Pagoda Phat Hue, phathue.com
A gigantic statue of laughing Buddha. Photo by Loke Seng Hon, wikimedia.
Mama hugging. Photo by Oleg Sidorenko. flickr.com/photos/ oksidor
This is Your Brain on Bliss
After 2,000 years of practice, Buddhist monks know that one secret to happiness is simply to put your mind to it.
Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
Feeling run down? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.
Hands-on Research: The Science of Touch
How everyday forms of touch can bring us emotional balance and better health.
  People Power…  

Václav Havel called it “the power of the powerless.” How regular people, from Denmark to Liberia, have stood up to power—and won

World map graphic by Michelle Ney
10 Everyday Acts of Resistance That Changed the World

Victories like the Arab spring of 2011, born of small acts toward monumental change, are not new. Throughout history both recent and distant, ordinary people have found innovative and inspiring ways to challenge violent regimes and confront abuses of power: bringing down dictators, changing unjust laws, or simply giving individuals a renewed sense of their own humanity in the face of those who deny it.

The people here treat the impossible as full of possibilities that haven’t been realized yet. Some have achieved the change they were struggling for. For others, it’s yet to come.

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A protester in Cairo during the uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak. Photo by Kodak Afga WHY WE REVOLT

When and how does the moment come when people stop believing in the power that has ruled them? When and how do ordinary people discover their own power?.

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A woman who was trapped in her home is carried by a Japan Self Defense Force soldier in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 12, 2011. Photo by Kordian. Money as Religion by Goldemberg Fonseca de Almeida Robert Shetterly's portrait of Father Roy Bourgeois Photo by Arianne

What to Pack for Disaster—And What to Leave Behind
by Rebecca Solnit
When disaster strikes, don’t forget your compassion and critical thinking—but leave your panic, cliches, and stereotypes at the door.

Greed is Not a Virtue
by David Korten
Profit-centered market fundamentalism has become a national religion.

War Is Not Peace
Interview by Christa Hillstrom
For decades, School of the Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois has argued that embracing militarism will never bring us the security we seek. But he thinks he knows what will.

How to Design a Neighborhood for Happiness
by Jay Walljasper
The way we design our communities plays a huge role in how we experience our lives.


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YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: 10 Best Things We Can Do For Animals
YES! asked Jane Goodall to tell us what we can do in our everyday lives to care for the animals we love.

:: How Happy Was Your Meal?  
Autistic scientist Temple Grandin thinks like an animal—in pictures—and she’s using it to get more humane treatment for cattle.


:: Saying Goodbye: What Do We Teach Kids about Death?  
Shannon Hayes: When we shelter ourselves from the realities of death, what else might we be sacrificing?


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GE’s not paying taxes … and public employees are the ones we’re calling “greedy, parasitic, and selfish”?

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How one outspoken resident is helping Cleveland’s families keep their homes.  

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City Repair in Action
How neighborhoods across Portland are reclaiming— and redefining—their neighborhoods.
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Do you ride the bus? Use the library? Walk on the sidewalk? Congratulations—you’re already part of the commons movement. A review of Jay Walljasper’s All That We Share.   

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