Love, certainty, and creativity


What Makes Us Happy, Revisited

by Scott Stossel

The Atlantic

What makes you happy? Do you know? Years of research have revealed a likely answer. The key lessons learned from “one of the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development” in the world are put quite simply in the last sentence of this article, “The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points … to a straightforward five-word conclusion: ‘Happiness is love. Full stop.’” We hope this age old wisdom helps move us all in the direction of investing a bit more time and money in both teaching and practicing love.

If you like this topic, you may also be interested in reading, “The medium chill,” a post by David Roberts at, which muses on the topic of happiness and shares our notion that “we have lamentably little [in terms of infrastructure and institutions] for people who want to know how to foster more and better relationships…”


Rocked by Doubt

by Lulu Miller

on RadioLab (Episode: Are you sure?)

How do doubt and faith interact in regards to the core beliefs you hold? How do you journey with the questions and insights into life that shake you and make you wonder if you’re right? Is there a role for doubt in your faith? RadioLab’s episode, “Are you sure?” tackles these questions head on. We share here the first story, “Rocked by Doubt”, in which a young man with doubt seeks proof of the God he once believed in with such conviction. If you choose to listen to the full episode, we warn you that the third story—“Reasonable Doubt”—does include some graphic content about sexual assault and violence. 

Collective Impact: Knocking Down Walls

by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

What are ways of integrating contemplative experiences into meetings and conferences? This video from W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 2012 “Michigan Communities in Action Annual Convening” is a wonderful example of the power of collective contemplative exploration. Regardless of the resources or scale you are working with, collective expression and engagement with poetry, art, silence, and other creative endeavors almost always reveal insight into our selves, our organizations, and our collective purpose. Watch the video and consider the ways you can think outside of the box in designing your next meeting or conference. (And, of course, feel free to contact us at if you need some help.)

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