Features

We invite you to enjoy the Feature Articles written by teen writers for current and recent issues of KidSpirit Magazine, and to submit your poetry, artwork and writing for our future issues.

Happiness and the Nordic Model

by Nathan Zhang

Imagine the happiest place on earth. Most of you might say that it would be somewhere like sunny Hawaii, the Bahamas, or a beach resort in Singapore. However, according to the most recent report on happiness around the globe, the happiest country is actually Denmark. In the United Nation’s World Happiness Report 2016, the United

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A Short History of Happiness

by Ayla Schultz

Every day I laugh at something I find funny or smile at someone I find delightful. That rush of well-being, a momentary pleasure, is one type of happiness — a happiness that is easily gained and just as easily lost, like money in the stock market. But there is a more permanent form of happiness:

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Maximizing Happiness: A Defense of Effective Altruism

by Akash Mehta

Americans donated over $350 billion to charity in 2014. That’s a staggeringly large amount of money, especially considering that over 70% of it was donated by individuals. And yet, according to The Life You Can Save, “only 3% of people donate based on the relative performance of a nonprofit organization.”  When most of us choose

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Why Fantasy, Anyway?

by Caroline Hochman

Buffy Summers. When hearing that name, many would respond “Who?,” “What?,” or maybe even “Um . . . Bless you?” Some might think to themselves, “Oh yeah, that wacko vampire killer, or was it slayer . . . or maybe slasher?” Some might say, “Oh great, another nutty vampire-loving teenage cult-weirdo.” But, to me, Buffy

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A Hidden Apartheid

by Shouryaman Saha

She is a 19-year-old from Bangalore, Karnataka, in southern India. She is unemployed. She has a high school diploma, but will not continue her education. She speaks Kannada and minimal English. She is tall. She is slim. She has olive skin and serious eyes. Her laugh is light and sugary, but her smile is saccharine.

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Modern Technology or Modern Magic? 

by Sharon Lin

From the earliest days of human history, before the film industry developed techniques to portray magic onscreen, and before magicians began practicing sleight-of-hand tricks to captivate audiences worldwide, humans have been fascinated by magic. Magic is often described as a phenomenon impossible to explain, yet universally experienced. How it is understood, however, often differs from person

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The Heritage of Hollywood

by Grace Luckett

For generations, the Hollywood movie industry has arguably been one of the most influential forces in the media. A movie depicts what is bad and what is good. This message is usually fairly explicit, with characters that fit the archetype of “The Hero” and “The Villain” often and obviously, and plots that detail exactly who

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Festival of Flavors: Puran Poli (Stuffed Flatbread)

by Aditya Naik

This article is the last in a series called “Festival of Flavors.” For six weeks, kids around the world shared the family recipes that most evoke their heritage. Please visit this issue’s Table of Contents to read the other installments. Puran poli is a very special dish for the Marathi people of India. It is usually prepared as

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Festival of Flavors: Khausay (Spaghetti with Gravy and Potato Chips)

by Ammarah Imran

This article is the fifth in a series called “Festival of Flavors.” For six weeks, kids around the world share the family recipes that most evoke their heritage. Click here, here, here, and here to read the first four installments, and come back to KidSpirit next Monday to learn about a new recipe! I was

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Festival of Flavors: Chinese Mantou (Steamed Buns)

by Nathan Zhang

This article is the fourth in a series called “Festival of Flavors.” For six weeks, kids around the world share the family recipes that most evoke their heritage. Click here, here, and here to read the first three installments, and come back to KidSpirit every Monday to learn about a new recipe! Mantou, a steamed

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