Making Happiness the central principle for a country's education, Raising Babies in Prison, Finding Rootedness, and much more...
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         January 2011 

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Monks at a monastery outside Punakha in Bhutan.
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Why the Kings of Bhutan Ride Bicycles

Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley on Gross National Happiness, his country’s traditions, and the importance of democracy.

Bhutan has pioneered the use of Gross National Happiness (GNH) as a measure of progress, instead of the more commonly used GNP. GNH measures not only economic activity, but also cultural, ecological, and spiritual well-being.

YES! Magazine Contributing Editor Madhu Suri Prakash attended a meeting of educators from around the world, convened by the government of Bhutan, to encourage them to make the happiness of all people the central organizing principle of their philosophy of education.



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What Happy Families Know, the Winter 2011 issue of YES! Magazine
  YES! Solutions…  

Holding up a $10 bill in front of the U.S. Treasury. Photo by Ryan MacFarland. www.zieak.comRaising Babies in Prison

Supporting the bond between inmates and their newborns gives these families a better start.

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Photo Essay: Prison moms, in their own words.


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Freer, Messier, Happier
These days, moms, dads, kids, grandmas—even neighbors—are sharing the work of family.
Radical Homemaking
You don’t need much cash if you can make, barter, or share the things your family needs.
7 Ways To Keep Love Going Strong
In a new relationship, in a long marriage, and even if it’s complicated.
  Seeking Alternatives…  

John Cavanagh and Robin Broad Finding Rootedness
by John Cavanagh and Robin Broad

It seems that almost everyone we know is feeling vulnerable these days—whether they are rich or poor, employed or unemployed, their lives are feeling fragile. So we are setting out to discover places where people are finding ways to counter that vulnerability, creating more secure paths of living based on a concept we are calling “rootedness.”

John preparing local string-beans with Delia. Photo by Robin Broad
Banaue, a municipality in Ifugao Province, Philippines. Photo by Gabo Halili
A community organic vegetable garden in the Philippines. Photo by John Cavanagh
Food for a Rooted Future
In the Philippines, there is an example of what we call a rooted life; among other things, they eat mainly what they grow and raise.
Finding Rootedness in the Age of Vulnerability
In an increasingly vulnerable world, we're searching for rooted communities and what we can learn from them.
Yes, There is An Alternative
More and more people, communities, and nations are taking steps to reduce their vulnerability to a volatile global economy.
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Birdhouses Photo by See-ming Lee Gov Rick Snyder of Michigan tries out a 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet winter biking microphones

Hope Amid Hatred
What can interfaith dialogue teach us about healing our wounds and coming together?
More Electric Cars?
What's really needed if we are to turn the Plug-In Revolution into the main event?

Let It Snow: The ABCs of Winter Biking
Tips for winter riding from the coldest big city in America

Words Matter
The media can promote fear and extremism. Can it also lead us to greater civility and more productive debate?

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