Today’s Solutions: December 07, 2022

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

Think Global, Eat Local

Think Global, Eat Local

“A garden is a solution that leads to other solutions. It is part of the limitless pattern of good health and good sense." – Wendell Berry By Sadie Wilbur Dirty Hands, Happy Heart My love for all things green began when I was a young girl. I grew up alongside a variety of trees and plants, Read More...

Sunlight through a forest of trees.

Solutions Thinking and Climate Change

Open Minds and Optimism: Keys to Solving the Climate Crisis In February 2022, the world’s leading climate scientists released the most urgent warning on climate change to date. The report, released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), describes the implications of our Read More...

Honeycomb and bee or Apis florea on moringa tree and blur green leaves background.

Love bees but need to relocate a hive? Here’s how to do it sustainably

If you are a longtime reader of The Optimist Daily, you’ll know that our team loves bees (and other pollinators). We've published many stories on why bees are critical to our world’s ecosystem and to our species' survival, as well as articles that highlight amazing people and initiatives that Read More...

Happy group of young adult men and women cooking together at home in small kitchen or culinary classroom.

5 Ways to bring people together with food

In almost every corner of the world, coming together and sharing a meal is one of the most communal and binding traditions. As we have already reported, food is a wonderful way to bring people together; to forge friendships, exercise your creativity, and even save money while having an enjoyable Read More...

Pair of common vampire bats.

What vampire bats teach us about friendship

There are still biological and behavioral mysteries to social bonding that experts are trying to figure out. With so many factors at play it can be hard to put a fine point on why we do some things and not others to get close to one another. Sometimes, it pays to look at other examples of mammalian Read More...

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Our greatest love of all could be friendship

We live in a world that gives top priority to finding a partner and being in a monogamous marriage. It's the "happily ever after" to our fairy tales, for better or worse. However, this narrative overlooks the rich relationships that round out a fulfilling life that have nothing to do with Read More...

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How to keep friends with different political views

There’s a lot to be gained from friends with different opinions. That said, it can be difficult to maintain friendships with people who have strongly held opinions, politically speaking. This is why the editorial team at ThriveGlobal asked their readers for advice about maintaining such Read More...

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...