Today’s Solutions: May 17, 2022

The Optimist View

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

Climate Anxiety

Coping with climate anxiety through connection

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”  — Martin Luther King Jr.  Constant news updates are inescapable. Wildfires Read More...

Lion mom

Wild Motherhood: Meet some of the coolest mothers in the animal kingdom

Happy Mother’s Day 2022! They care for us, teach us, and shape our relationship with each other and with the world. For better or worse, each of us owes a lot of who we are to our moms! And as much as we all love to celebrate motherhood on this holiday, there is one mother that is ever-present Read More...

APA, AAPI...

APA, AAPI, APIDA or AANHPI? The history and significance of the “Asian American” identity crisis

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ― Lao Tzu By Arielle Tiangco Weeks ago, seated cross-legged on my couch, I watched the small bobbing faces of my colleagues speaking within the confines of their equally-sized zoom rectangles. We were in our scheduled editorial Read More...

Happy Earth Day

Love and Action: Happy Earth Day!

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” — Marshall McLuhan, philosopher   As far as we know, Earth is the best place in the Universe.  The search for life beyond our planet and even our solar system is ongoing, and one day we could very well make the Read More...

Optimist Easter

The Optimism of Easter

"Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's party!'" -Robin Williams BY Summers McKay For as long as I can remember, Easter has been my favorite celebration. Growing up Catholic, the holiday offered a meaningful and poignant ritual imbued with reflection, the excitement of rebirth, and a Read More...

Senior couple

Achieving quality along with quantity: an Optimist’s View on aging

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” - Betty Friedan By Oliver Kammeyer I live on a bike path, and just a half-mile east of my place there’s a coffee shop that’s always packed. It seems every day the customers compete to see who can wake up earliest to Read More...

Humpback Whales in Pacific Ocean

The New Symbiosis: Living with Wildlife

“We’re animals. We’re born like every other mammal and we live our whole lives around disguised animal thoughts.” - Barbara Kingsolver By Oliver Kammeyer Human society developed an idea over time that it is separate from nature, that we exist apart from it, or in spite of it. Perhaps it Read More...

2022 International Women's Day

Unbound and unbiased: Why international women’s day still matters

“I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.” –Mary Read More...

Art Changes Minds by changing hearts

Tapping the creative force, art changes minds in a changing climate

“The arts matter because we matter, and our stories matter. We are moving miracles, walking creators engaging in a cosmic dance. The art we express is timeless.” –Mohammed Sheriff, Division Coordinator at the National Endowment for the Arts (USA) By Oliver Kammeyer At The Optimist Read More...

Vitality and Connection - A week of Love

Vitality and connection: A round-up of our week on Love…

“Life without love is like food without salt,” - Isabel Allende At the Optimist Daily, we work to put a spotlight on the solutions that abound around us. While much of what we tackle are the “big” issues like the environment, medicine, science and energy, some of the most salient Read More...