Lux Narayan: What Do Obituaries Teach Us About Lives Well-Lived?
Lux Narayan analyzed 2000 New York Times obituaries, of both famous and not-so-famous people, over a two-year period. One common thread among them? A fierce desire to help others.
Caitlin Doughty: What's Wrong With The Way We Bury The Dead?
Mortician Caitlin Doughty is trying to find a more natural and sustainable way to bury our loved ones. But to get there, she says: we need to rethink how we view death altogether.
Michelle Knox: Can Talking About Death Take Fear And Stress Out Of The Inevitable?
How can we better cope with grief? After observing funerals around the world, banker and travel blogger Michelle Knox suggests we talk about death with our loved ones — especially when we're healthy.
Emily Levine: How Do We Make Peace With Death When It's Imminent?
Writer Emily Levine has stage IV lung cancer. But instead of fearing the inevitable, she decided to embrace her new reality, and face death with humor and gratitude for a life well-lived.
Jason Rosenthal: What Does the Loss Of A Loved One Teach Us About Life?
Before Jason's wife Amy died, she wrote a heartbreaking farewell essay: "You May Want To Marry My Husband." Jason Rosenthal remembers Amy's life — and the lessons he learned from her death.
Steven Pinker: Can Numbers Show Us That Progress Is Inevitable?
It might seem like the world is getting worse and worse. But psychologist Steven Pinker says that across the board, data suggests we've made a lot of progress. The question is — will it continue?
Paul Gilding: How Do We Continue To Grow If The Earth Has Reached Its Limit?
Environmental activist Paul Gilding says the world has been growing too fast for too long. And now...the Earth is full. The only solution, he says, is to radically change the way we consume.
Michael Green: What Does GDP Not Tell Us?
To fully understand progress, economist Michael Green says we must weigh social well-being and wealth. But by using this new measurement, he noticed something striking — the U.S. falls far behind.