Science Confirms What We've Suspected All Along: Happiness Doesn't Come From Money, Things

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Science Confirms What We've Suspected All Along: Happiness Doesn't Come From Money, Things

YES! Magazine Presents 'Sustainable Happiness'

the midst of a global financial breakdown, the holidays have arrived,
and with them the pressure to shop -- for the sake of our economy and
to make loved ones happy. But today, many families just can't afford a
big holiday shopping spree. The new issue of YES!, "Sustainable
Happiness," shows a way out of this quandary. New scientific research
says what spiritual traditions and common sense have told us all along
-- that happiness, even during the holidays -- does not come from
excess spending, buying, and gift giving. This issue of YES! shows that
the true sources of happiness -- treasuring friends and family, helping
others, expressing our creativity, enjoying a sense of place,
cultivating gratitude -- are available to us throughout the year, even
during tough economic times.

Feature stories from the Sustainable Happiness issue include:

* Be Happy Anyway
by Sarah van Gelder and Doug Pibel
pursuit of happiness." It's so American that it's in our Declaration of
Independence, where it's listed alongside life and liberty as an
inalienable right. But how much happiness did the financial expansion
bring us? And now that the global finance system is imploding, where do
we find more sustainable forms of happiness?

* Christmas With No Presents?

by Colin Beavan, No Impact Man

Impact Man," Colin Beavan, and his small family decided to see if they
could have a merry Christmas without all the stuff. Not only did they
have a meaningful holiday, but they discovered that scientific research
supports the findings of their family experiment: the time and money
spent on Christmas shopping and wrapping contributes little to holiday

* 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

by Jen Angel

In the last few years, psychologists and researchers have been digging up hard data on the question of what makes us happy? Here are 10 scientifically proven strategies -- and the good news is, none of them
require money.

* Having a Voice Makes People Happy
by Frances Moore Lappé
human beings are not couch potatoes and whiners. We are doers and
creators. In fact, the human need to "make a dent" is so great that
Fromm argued we should toss out René Descartes' "I think
therefore I am" and replace it with "I am, because I effect."

Related stories in the Sustainable Happiness issue:

* Editor's introduction: A New American Dream
by YES! editor and co-founder Sarah van Gelder

The economic meltdown and a new administration. The times are ripe for transformation -- here are some ways that might go.

* Beyond the Bailout: Agenda for a New Economy
by David Korten
If President-elect Obama wants to re-build the economy from the bottom
up, here's a five-part agenda that could end the destructive practices
of global casino finance, and instead build an economy that creates
real, sustainable wealth for ordinary people.



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