John de Graaf

John de Graaf is a cofounder of The Happiness Initiative, an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, and an author. His most recent book is What’s the Economy For Anyway?, coauthored with David K. Batker.


That time Lyndon Johnson made a killer case against unbridled growth

Fifty years ago, LBJ gave an amazing speech arguing that America shouldn't pursue economic growth but rather community, nature, leisure time, and happiness.


Are you happier than other Grist readers? Take this survey to find out

Our obsession with GDP is taking a heavy toll on our health, social connections, leisure time, and the environment. It's time for a new focus: happiness.