Today’s Solutions: January 30, 2023

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Canada Post wants every reside

Canada Post wants every resident to send a postcard to a loved one

Back in November, we ran our “Thankful Thursdays” series to help people connect with each other and their community through letter writing. It seems the Canadian government is also on board with the power of letter writing as they have announced that Canada Post will send a free prepaid Read More...

Research: The power of a singl

Research: The power of a single phone call

When you’re having a bad day, does a phone call from a loved one improve your mood and outlook on life? If so, you’re not alone. New research from the University of Texas at Austin shows that a single daily phone call, even from a stranger, can alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety for Read More...

Got hair? Here’s how to dona

Got hair? Here’s how to donate your locks to those in need

For individuals undergoing cancer treatment or experiencing alopecia, wigs can be a great resource for self-expression and regaining confidence, but a high-quality wig can cost thousands of dollars. Fortunately, there are organizations that accept hair donations to make wigs for those without the Read More...

Embracing acts of service can

Embracing acts of service can boost professional productivity

If you’re finding little motivation at work, feeling uninspired, or just sluggish during daily tasks, you may be suffering from a productivity slump. With limited social contact and the stress of the pandemic, it’s normal to see a lapse in productivity, but embracing acts of service can be a Read More...

This teen’s nonprofit has do

This teen’s nonprofit has donated 30,000 pairs of shoes to the homeless

When Lindsay Sobel was 13, she needed a community project to meet the requirements of her Bat Mitzvah. That’s when she came up with the idea of collecting lightly used shoes and donating them to the homeless. Lindsay, who is from Chatsworth, California, started collecting shoes in her own Read More...

How to help people facing wint

How to help people facing winter storms in Texas right now

Millions in Texas are still facing power outages due to severe winter storms. With more storms anticipated this weekend, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is foreseeing more rolling blackouts meaning more people will continue to live without basic needs all across the state. If Read More...

How Safe Families keeps kids o

How Safe Families keeps kids out of the foster care system

Oftentimes kids wind up in foster care systems because their parents lack a basic support system that would allow them to meet their children’s basic needs. To prevent children from ever having to go through the trauma of being separated from their biological parents, an organization called Safe Read More...

Thought Leader Series: Reflect

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...

Love is Kindness

Love is Kindness

BY: Summers McKay & Kristy Jansen  “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” - Buddha Love is the most curious and powerful of forces. It has the unique ability to both build strong alliances and tear down unnecessary walls. It can Read More...

Girl Scout Troop 6000 gives su

Girl Scout Troop 6000 gives support and membership to homeless youth

Girl Scout cookie season is upon us and this year we are sharing the story of a special troop that is offering Scout status to particularly vulnerable children. Troop 6000 was started in 2017 and offers membership to girls in the greater New York area that are or have been homeless.  Giselle Read More...