Highlights from the Winter issue of YES! Magazine, What Happy Families Know, are now online, including This is My Family: 8 personal essays on what family is today. Also, sign up for No Impact week in January, and watch StoryCorps family videos.
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         December 2010 

The “What Happy Families Know” issue

What Happy Families Know, the cover of the Winter 2011 issue of YES! Magazine
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Dear Reader,

I’m reminded every holiday season that family is a messy business. Some winters, my husband and I travel to the East Coast to visit a motley group of people who are related to us by blood or by the years of care that make somebody family even if you don't share genetics. From Massachusetts to Virginia, our family includes a former cop and his Puerto Rican wife, a libertarian, an adopted Brazilian woman and her blond part-Icelandic siblings, two toddler cousins, a one-year-old baby niece, my retired-professor father, and my husband’s progressive-activist parents.

Marriage and family values are among America's most polarizing political issues. But when we get down to the personal, we find that real family is mostly about taking care of each other, despite our differences. This issue of YES! Magazine takes an honest look at family and celebrates the values and choices that help us support and look after each other.

It’s a big claim to offer you “What Happy Families Know” but the stories inside the issue speak for themselves. There are personal journeys of joy, recovery, loss, and negotiation. Experts reveal years of research on what makes a happy couple (gay or straight). And, in our lead article, a stay-at-home dad tells us how fathers, mothers, gay couples, grandparents, neighbors, and multiethnic families are remaking America.

See what’s inside the issue, and if you’re not already a subscriber, make this issue the first in your subscription with this special introductory $15 offer.


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  Highlights from the New Issue of YES! Magazine…  
Freer, Messier, Happier. Jeremy Adam Smith's article in the What Happy Families Know issue of YES! Magazine Today’s Families: Freer, Messier, Happier
These days, moms, dads, kids, grandmas—even neighbors—are sharing the work of family. Learn how families are getting flexible to deal with a less stable world. And are richer for it.   MORE …
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A celebration of friendship, family, love, and laughter in this YES! Photo Essay.
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Just the Facts ::
Who Is Family Now?
Mixed-race couples, single parents—they’re all part of the new “normal.”
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  Our Family Stories …  
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8 personal essays on
what family is today
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How I Fight
For My Family

Celeste Addai had never given much thought to immigration issues—until her Ghanaian husband had to flee in the middle of the night.

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In the years since 16-year-old Rafael Regan was adopted, he’s learned a lot about what makes unique families “normal.”

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Rona Fernandez expected to be nervous the first time she met her father, but she didn’t expect the comfortable bond she would find with her new sisters.

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Co-parenting lets friends and community share the load and rewards of raising children.

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Becoming Abuelita
We must claim the families we choose, especially when they go beyond blood.

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You the Story?

As our families grow older, it’s the stories we share that bind us together.

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Grandpa’s Love

A family economy that doesn’t outsource care—at either end of life.

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Exploring open relationships can change our assumptions about intimacy and empowerment.

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No Impact Project: What Do You Want? More Time. Better Health. More Fun. Clearer Conscience. More Money.

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Join YES! for No Impact Week

Start the New Year right: Join YES! Magazine readers and staff, and the No Impact Project for a week-long experiment with a radically greener way of life.

The No Impact Experiment is partnering with YES! Magazine for a one-week carbon cleanse to kick off the new year. It’s a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern conveniences you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.

Colin Beavan, No Impact Man, welcomes you to the No Impact Experiment Joining is simple! Click here to learn more about the experiment, starting January 2, and watch Colin Beavan’s video introduction.

:: 10 Ways to Change Your Life
No Impact Man’s picks for getting started on a climate-friendly life.

:: Christmas with No Presents?
One family’s daring experiment: Christmas without all the stuff.
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The Road to Real Health
Health care’s just part of the picture. Five policies that would be good for our health, happiness, and wallets.

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The Science of Touch

How everyday forms of touch can bring us emotional balance and better health.

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Once deemed too ambitious, the next generation of green building is now a reality.

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How Portland plans to become the first world-class bike city in America.

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:: A World of Grace  
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:: Building Community: An Economic Approach  
David Korten: What economic transformation has to do with building stronger, happier communities.

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Preserving the story of the American experience
The StoryCorps formula is simple: two people who care about each other asking sometimes difficult questions—in an honest exploration of intimacy, identity, and what it means to live in relationship with one another.

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The Tough Questions
A 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome interviews his mother about the challenges—and joys—of raising him.

The Icing on the Cake
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