Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference

New anthology by YES! Magazine and Berrett-Koehler Publishers (pub. January 1, 2015). Available now at your favorite independent bookstores and on Kindle.

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Edited by Sarah van Gelder and the staff of YES! Magazine

At YES! Magazine, we’ve been exploring the meaning of real happiness for 18 years. This volume brings together some of our favorite scientific research, in-depth essays and compelling personal stories on the nature of happiness.

Some of our favorite YES! contributors, including Annie Leonard (Story of Stuff), restorative justice expert Fania Davis, buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, and biodiversity advocate Vandana Shiva, weigh in on how to cultivate a happiness that is sustainable in every sense: not only nurturing and enduring for ourselves, but also just and life-affirming for the world at large. For what is true happiness if it doesn’t include the happiness of others and the health of a living planet?

Enjoy the eloquent writing of some of the world’s most insightful thinkers on the meaning and pursuit of happiness. Order your copy today for just $14.95!

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Praise for Sustainable Happiness

"The staff at YES! Magazine, and its cofounder van Gelder take issue with the belief that more stuff equals greater happiness and here propose a model that nurtures community, a sense of gratitude, and the environment. After making their case, the authors present ways of promoting well-being that include sharing expensive tools, taking a break from technology, and being a good neighbor. They also focus on improving oneself with such behaviors as being mindful of the present, kicking addictions, spending time with loved ones, and simply saying "hello" to people normally taken for granted. VERDICT Akin to Conari Press's Random Acts of Kindness, this work offers more depth as to why the gentler, simple way is better for everyone." — Library Journal

“I love this beautiful compilation of voices reminding us that happiness isn’t something we “find.” It’s what we become as we align our lives with thriving community and life-giving earth.” — Frances Moore Lappé, best-selling author

“Somehow a working planet, a thriving society, and a satisfying personal life are hitched together--and this fine volume offers powerful clues on the search for those connections!” — Bill McKibben, author and environmental leader

“The Sustainable Happiness volume delivers inspiration for your personal journey of joy and well-being as you navigate 'the pursuit of happiness' in a deeply troubled world. Read this book for the wisdom it contains. It will nourish your soul.” — Parker J. Palmer, author of Healing the Heart of Democracy, Let Your Life Speak, and A Hidden Wholeness


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