Studies ranking nation’s satisfaction yield surprising results
Ode Editors | Jan/Feb 2007 issue more
Three guesses on which nation shows the way forward to a happy global future. China, for its booming economy? The U.S., for its high standard of living? Italy, for its great food?
The highest priority of corporations should be the common good – just as it used to be.
Terry Mollner | December 2007 issue more
Last year, Google’s directors took a step that did not get much attention but could take our social/political/economic world to the next level of maturity.
Why the “negative” emotions of grief, fear and despair are essential to achieving a positive state of mind.
Miriam Greenspan | Spring 2011 issue more
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,” said Carl Jung, “but by making the darkness conscious.” Originator of the psychological concept of the shadow—the unwelcome parts of ourselves that we hide from conscious awareness—Jung cleverly added, “This procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not very popular.”
A culture that prescribes the quick fix for any discomfort isn’t likely to find enlightenment through the darkness very appealing.
Local currencies can help create sustainable growth and healthy communities.
Jeff Gates | Spring 2011 issue more
In Detroit, cheer dollars are helping restore local economic confidence.Photo: AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates
Communities have long needed a more sensible means to create money.
It turns out money can buy happiness, after all—when consumers create a market for mindful consumption.
Adam Smith | Spring 2011 issue more
A lot has changed for Rachel Aydt in the past two years. Since the magazine she worked for shut down in 2008, she’s been faced with plenty of financial uncertainty.
Want to clean up the environment? Learn to love plastic.
Andrew Tolve | Spring 2011 issue more
The final destination for most cars—after they’ve served their time in a scrapyard, that is—is a 10,000-horsepower shredding machine that, in about 60 seconds, rips them into fist-size chunks of stuff.
We all know meditation helps you relax. But can it also ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders and improve quality of life for people with chronic diseases? Recent research suggests it can.
Mary Desmond Pinkowish | Spring 2011 issue more
For those of us who haven’t practiced it, meditation can seem like a glorified nap or an ultra-serene form of yoga.
Be grateful for all life’s second chances.
Paulo Coelho | Spring 2011 issue more
The Sibyllines, witches capable of foretelling the future, lived in ancient Rome. One fine day, one of them appeared at Emperor Tiberius’ palace with nine books. She said that therein lay the future of the Empire and asked for 10 talents of gold for the texts.
We need more than multinationals to achieve economic well-being.
Amy Domini | Spring 2011 issue more
For some years now, I’ve been collecting early 20th-century photographs of street scenes in Naples, Italy, where my father was born. The images portray the minutiae of daily life: women and children selling goods or playing in the streets and men displaying the catches they made at sea.
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