Today’s Solutions: July 07, 2022

The Weekly Theme

Each week, we feature a new theme of solutions for those passionate about learning in-depth on how we are building a better world!

Canned sardines. Sea fish in tin can on white wooden table.

6 foods for a healthy gut

The microbiome in your gut is connected to your overall wellbeing—and not just your digestion. It’s linked to mood, energy, immunity, and longevity, so, having a healthy gut is of utmost importance. It’s no surprise that sugary, processed, and fried foods don’t support gut health (or Read More...

German neighborhood

Germany makes renewable energy cheaper for households and businesses

Good news for German consumers shifting to renewable energy—they will no longer have to pay the renewables surcharge on their power bills as of July 1st, 2022.  The renewables surcharge was a necessary action that helped fund the country’s shift to renewable power over the past two decades. Read More...

Woman gardening on a sunny spring day

10 ways to spruce up your garden this spring

Springtime invites us all to go outside and enjoy nature’s beauty. One of the most rewarding ways to enjoy the freshness of spring is by getting active in your garden. Last month we've shared with you five tips to make your garden more resilient. Following up on that, here are ten more ways to Read More...

Mushrooms

Always growing: a dive back into the marvelous world of mushrooms

“Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.” - Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, and essayist Science is ever-changing. Scientists and physicians used to be sure that contagions and diseases were spread from person to person by smell. This was called the Miasma Theory, and Read More...

Woman with blonde hair applying mosquito repellent on hand during hike in nature.

Here’s why mosquitos still bite us even when wearing repellent

As the warmer months approach, the number of mosquito bites you're getting is probably starting to rise. Those pesky insects use their mouths to penetrate our skin and suck up our blood, leaving an itchy, swollen bite in its place. For some areas in the world, a bite from one of these animals Read More...

father with daughter in summer park at sunset

Hiking with little ones? It can be done!

As the spring finds its way to the Western Hemisphere, many parents are looking for ways to connect with their children outdoors. Frankly we’ve all spent too much time inside through the course of the pandemic and the value of Vitamin D cannot be underestimated. At The Optimist Daily we are fans 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...

Seniors playing chess

Researchers find companionship may reduce risk of Alzheimer's

Here at The Optimist Daily, we’ve written a great deal about the contributing factors to Alzheimer's disease and what you can do to help avoid it yourself. Exercise, proper diet, even knitting, and nifty nasal sprays can improve your chances, but recent findings suggest that just keeping in Read More...

two man and three women holding hands on a table implying a polyamory relationship or love triangle.

Is a non-monogamous relationship right for you?

Our society is set up in a way which encourages monogamy. This arrangement makes a lot of sense for some people, but definitely doesn’t always work for everyone. A non-monogamous relationship is one in which anyone involved has multiple consensual intimate, romantic, or sexual relationships at Read More...

Why love is sometimes hard to

Why love is sometimes hard to take and how to learn to accept it

Love can be passionate and romantic, throwing you off balance in delightful ways. It can be soft and subtle, welcoming as a balmy summer evening. The shared intimacies, humor, and kindnesses can become touchstones in times of disruption: a salve after a day spent wrestling obligations or a couple Read More...