Today’s Solutions: January 29, 2022

Education

Great minds lead to great solutions. Our education section features solutions and innovations directed at strengthening educational systems around the world.

Brighton passes buzz-worthy law requiring bee bricks

The city of Brighton and Hove in England have introduced a new planning law worth buzzing about—the law requires new buildings to include special bricks that have little nests for solitary bees. The Brighton & Hove Council’s policy specifies that all new buildings over five meters tall Read More...

Guaranteed income for poor mothers boosts infant brain activity

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that uses data from the Baby’s First Years study, put forth results that offer a strong argument for the implementation of basic or guaranteed income payments for families. The study demonstrates that infants in Read More...

Fitness trackers could help detect early signs of depression

Unlike physical ailments, mental health concerns like anxiety and depression are more difficult to notice because they are happening internally, many times without any obvious changes that would be glaring to colleagues, friends, loved ones, or even the individual themselves. Being able to Read More...

Master your "career story" to help you land your dream job

If you’re among the millions of Americans who decided to leave their jobs in the past year, then you'll likely find yourself preparing to interview for new positions now or in the near future. To help you land your new dream job, an important thing to consider is your “career story,” which Read More...

The psychological reason we're so taken with Wordle

If you use any kind of social media platform, you may notice the sudden appearance of gray, green, and yellow boxes in grids cluttering up your news feeds. This is because of the latest online craze, a game called Wordle. What's Wordle anyway? If you’re unfamiliar with this online game, let us Read More...

Do babies use saliva to figure out relationship dynamics?

A curious research team from MIT recently dived into this intriguing question. If you think about it, we only share saliva with our nearest and dearest. From kissing, to sharing forks, or eating the same ice cream cones, it signifies a close bond. This could be between parents, siblings, extended Read More...

6 ideas from around the world to help boost happiness

Helen Russell, a journalist and global happiness expert who wrote The Year of Living Danishly and The Atlas of Happiness, says that there are ways in which different nations worldwide enhance their experience of happiness through a mindset or an attitude that runs deep within the culture. Read Read More...

Using berries and pears to create the world’s first ‘vegan violin’

An Irish master violin luthier has unveiled a set of violins that are made from 100 percent plant-based products. The animal-free violins are the first in the world to be registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark. What makes traditional violins non-vegan? Currently, most violins Read More...

Here’s why the world map you know is wrong

Most people lucky enough to receive an education will have seen the 2D printed projection of a map of the Earth. This image has allowed people everywhere to learn about our big wide world, all from one piece of paper. Though sorry to break it to you, these aren’t actually the true proportions of Read More...

5 Benefits of knitting and crocheting—Stitch your stress away

Lately, at The Optimist Daily, we’ve been sharing the benefits of various indoor hobbies like tackling a jigsaw puzzle or getting crafty with painting. However, if puzzles confound you and painting doesn’t call to you, then perhaps you can stitch your stress away instead by trying out knitting Read More...