Today’s Solutions: January 29, 2022

The Optimist View

Our weekend edition long form journalism explores in-depth solutions to global issues.

OPTIMIST VIEW: Managing self-care (again)

This article was originally published in May of 2020. It has been updated because we all still need self-care.  The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. - Pema Chödrön By Kristy Jansen Back in 2006 when I Read More...

Empowered activism is cultivating a marketable skill - A dispatch from Colombia

“Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.”  – Madeleine L’Engle By Jackie Gilbert We all catch ourselves making remarks like “I’m starving” or “we’re dying of hunger”, but fortunately for most of us in my middle-class Read More...

Book Excerpt: ‘The Sleep Fix: Practical, Proven, and Surprising Solutions for Insomnia, Snoring, Shift Work, and More’

“Sometimes finding just one place to start, one thread to pull on, can shift the momentum in the other direction—sleep improvement leads to more sleep improvement.” -Diane Macedo In today’s Optimist View, we’re delighted to share an excerpt from ‘The Sleep Fix,’ the newest book from Read More...

The Optimist Daily guide to “Un-LANGUISHING”: Ideas on how to reconnect to thriving

“By acknowledging that so many of us are languishing, we can start giving voice to quiet despair and lighting a path out of the void.” - Adam Grant BY Kristy Jansen and Summers McKay This year, big, audacious, expansive resolutions seem a bit on the absurd side. Nearly the entire first week Read More...

8 Trends from 2021 We’ll Carry to the New Year

“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” - Hal Borland  It’s the time of year for reflections and projections as we take stock of all that has happened over the last twelve months and peer with hopeful curiosity Read More...

Book Excerpt: ‘Adaptable’ーHow to Lead with Curiosity, Pivot with Purpose, and Thrive through Change

“The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” - Kalpana Chawla What would happen if each time you failed you tried just one more time? What if you applied to one more job? Ran one more mile? Read More...

Book Excerpt: ‘Right Place, Right Time’ーThe Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life

“The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” - Kalpana Chawla Did you know that the average human lifespan has increased by over 20 years in the last century alone? Humans are living longer, Read More...

The Optimist View: Kids on the Nice List

“If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.” - Mahatma Gandhi Christmas is just around the corner, and we heard that even Santa Claus is bidding adieu to coal this year. That’s right, Santa is going green, but we have it on good authority that he’s ditching Read More...

Happy Holidays: A gift list from The Optimist Daily

“True giving from the heart is an expression of love.” Cara Stein With the holiday season in full swing, it can be difficult to navigate gifting in a way that celebrates loved ones while upholding our environmental and ethical values. Choosing gifts that are thoughtful, sustainable, and Read More...

The Art of Connection: Finding ourselves through others

“We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.” - Brené Brown By Kristy Jansen Preparing for a second holiday season in the pandemic era, I have found myself seeking a deeper understanding about what makes Read More...