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Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference
· By Sarah van Gelder and the Staff of YES! Magazine
· Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015; paperback 168 pages
Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live
Well, Make a Difference is not your usual book on happiness. Nor is it a self-help book,
although it includes science-based insights about how to achieve happiness in
your own life. Its unique contribution is in showing how our own sense of joy
and well-being is enhanced via the well being of others and the health of the
planet. Through a series of eloquent voices from different parts of the world
and various areas of expertise, Sustainable
Happiness investigates the
links between social equity, ecological health — and our individual happiness.
book begins with an introduction by YES!
Magazine co-founder and editor in chief, Sarah van Gelder, and features a host
of notable contributors
including Annie Leonard (“Story of Stuff”); restorative justice author and
educator Fania Davis; author and biodiversity activist Vandana Shiva; poet
Wendell Berry; and empathy researcher Roman Krznaric, among others.
staff of YES! Magazine has been exploring the meaning of real happiness for
close to 20 years. This volume brings together scientific research, in-depth
essays and compelling personal stories. And the message it all leads up to?
What makes us truly happy are the depth of our relationships, the quality of
our communities, the contribution we make through the work we do, and the
renewal we receive from a thriving world.
and environmentalist Bill McKibben describes it this way, “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
the Library Journal adds, "This work offers more depth
as to why the gentler, simple way is better for everyone."
van Gelder edited Sustainable
Happiness and wrote an
original introduction to the book. Sarah is cofounder and editor-in-chief of
YES! Magazine. She writes articles and op-eds for The Guardian, Huffington
Post, and American Forum, and speaks nationally on leading-edge innovations
that show that another world is not only possible, it is being created today.
Sarah is a regular guest on public radio and has also appeared on the PBS
NewsHour program, Thom Hartmann’s Big Picture, Democracy Now!, The Laura
Flanders Show, and Free Speech TV. In her recent conference appearances and
broadcast interviews, Sarah is regularly invited to speak about solutions
journalism, including this TEDx talk, “Is There Inspiration in Your Media Diet?” and a popular
panel at the National Media Reform Conference, “Making Change: Journalism That Solves
Problems.” Sarah also edited and
wrote the introduction for the first substantive book on the Occupy movement, This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement.
Magazine, winner of the 2013 Utne Media Award for General Excellence, reframes
the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in
print, YES! outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen
engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world. Project
Censored calls YES! “the standard for solutions journalism.” Democracy Now!’s
Amy Goodman calls YES! a “vital voice of independent journalism.”
Treehugger.com named YES! the best green business and politics website of 2011.
Publishers was founded in 1992 by Steve Piersanti in San Francisco, CA. The
mission-based publisher believes in “Creating a World That Works for All” and
publishes an average of 40 titles per year that reflect that mission in the
business, current affairs, and lifestyle categories. Berrett-Koehler Publishers
is a Certified B Corporation.
For more information: Susan Gleason, Media & Outreach Manager, Yes! Magazine, 206-931-2613
- @sgleason, @yesmagazine