Bows and Arrows


"The bamboo that grows in India is growing behind your calves!" ring the war cries of village archers. Bhutanese men are famous for their devastating marksmanship and for their insults. Kunzang Choden explains how to intimidate your opponent.

Death Rites in Paradise


Three weeks of vacation spent feeding the dead. In Bhutan, death rituals are more important than birthdays and they last 49x as long. Kunzang Choden counsels us through a difficult time.

Happiness and Other Survival Techniques


From April 4th to April 13th, Colors will present our three-issue series, "Colors Magazine: the Survival Guides" at the Design Museum in London.

Faking It

Best Wishes, Happiness

Mitt Romney's robotic "eh. heh heh." creeps everyone out, but the Japanese push friendly insincerity to new extremes with a mandatory "grin-o-meter". So should we fake it or not?

Eye of the Beholder


While Bhutanese billboards conform to a sober government-approved aesthetic, giant penises wink from doorways and sprawl across the walls. Kunzang Choden talks art in the age of Gross National Happiness.

Happy Meals

Happiness, Prison

On death row, you don’t have much to look forward to. Now, even comfort food can be counted out, since last meals have been cancelled by the Texas Department of Corrections.