Christine McLaren

Christine McLaren is co-editor of Reasons to be Cheerful.

The School Where Refugees Thrive


At Fugees Academy, students who arrived in the U.S. as refugees—sometimes without parents or English skills—are graduating at a rate of 90 percent.

The Worst CO2 Emitters are Getting a Little Bit Better


Carbon emissions are falling in the countries that emit the most CO2, the result of conservation efforts, more renewable energy and strong climate policies.

Treating Loneliness as a Medical Condition


When a small-town clinic in England started prescribing human connection to its lonely patients, rates of chats over coffee increased—and hospital visits fell.

Bleeding-Heart Capitalism


A doctor in Denver is blending the Medicaid model with a capitalist profit motive, offering high-quality health care without the frills.