Today’s Solutions: November 29, 2021

Power of Positivity

The Optimist View: An Ode to Laughter

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. — W. H. Auden Throughout the long trials of Covid-19, one of the main things that has linked humans together and always improves a situation, no matter how dire, Read More...

Thought Leader Series: Reflections on optimism from an Emissary

We use our Thought Leader Series as an opportunity to amplify the voices of some of the world’s most prominent thinkers and to evaluate more critically the complex topics we cover here at The Optimist Daily.  Sometimes we are lucky enough to find great thought leaders within our own Emissary Read More...

Thankful Thursdays: A note to non-profits

What is the most impactful organization in your community? In this week's Thankful Thursdays prompt, we look at organizations and non-profits that serve our neighborhoods and the global community. This can be an organization that you have been involved with, have been helped by, or simply just Read More...

How a single Japanese tourist got to enter Machu Picchu alone

Like many of us have experienced in the past months, Japanese tourist Jesse Katayama had his vacation plans ruined due to the coronavirus pandemic. Back in March, Katayama, a native of Osaka, arrived in Peru with the dream of visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu—the ancient Inca citadel. But when Read More...

Optimist View: A how-to guide on surviving mental firestorms and thriving in the midst of chaos

BOOK REVIEW of Emotional Inflammation: Discover Your Triggers and Reclaim Your Equilibrium during Anxious Times by Lise Van Susteren, MD and Stacey Colino By Kristy Jansen Inflammation (n): a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, Read More...

This is Bear, the Australian Koolie dog who saves koalas after bushfires

It wasn’t long ago that bushfires overwhelmed Australia, leaving an estimated 18.6 million hectares (46 million acres) of land charred. But from the ashes, we have since seen stories of hope emerge from Australia, which we have shared to remind us of nature’s resilience. For instance, Read More...

OPTIMIST VIEW: How an Optimist and a Prepper Found Common Ground

Our instincts to come together are stronger than our differences "Like well-worn grooves in a record, neural-pathways become deeply etched from the repetitive and familiar bio-chemical responses we have to situations." BY SUSANNE SIMS Two weeks ago I ran into my neighbor Bill, someone with whom Read More...

You can now take Yale’s most popular class online for free

What is the most popular class at one of the world’s most prestigious schools? At Yale, the most popular course on campus is not in engineering or medicine, but psychology. Professor Laurie Santos’ “Psychology and the Good Life” course explores what it means to truly live a happy life. And Read More...

OPTIMIST VIEW: The World & Power of Positive Emotional Contagion

In the last month, the world has seen an unprecedented change in the way we live daily life and we’ve all been figuring out just how we will persevere, making it through these difficult times. The fear surrounding COVID-19 seems to be spreading faster than the virus itself. Fortunately, we’ve Read More...

Italians are keeping their spirits up by singing from their balconies

Of course we could rely on Italians to create beauty and joy even in the trying times of a global pandemic.  Lately, people in the country have started coming out on their balconies and leaning out their windows to join together in song, coordinating the effort by spreading the word via social Read More...