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Today’s Solutions: July 15, 2024

What are sound baths? How anci

What are sound baths? How ancient practices can transform your modern life

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL STAFF Whether you're an experienced meditator or just starting out on your self-care path, including sound baths into your regimen could be the ideal method to relax and decrease anxiety. This ancient discipline, which makes use of sound waves from instruments Read More...

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The leading role your gut microbes play in stress resilience

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM The gut microbiome—the rich ecology of bacteria that live within us—emerged as a key focus in the study of mental and neurological disorders. Recent research indicates a strong link between the gut and mental health, shedding light on how our gut Read More...

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3 habits of the happiest people

Think of the happiest people you know. Do you find yourself often wondering what they are doing to maintain a general level of joy? There has been a lot of discussion in the scientific world about whether our overall levels of happiness are the result of a genetic lottery that leads to a “set Read More...

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Coping with transnational grief

For Amrita Chavan, leaving Mumbai for Canada at the age of 19 was the start of a new experience, but it also marked the beginning of a completely new life, at a distance. She vividly recalls the heartbreaking goodbye at the airport, surrounded by her crying relatives. She had no idea how painful it Read More...

Navigating digital dating and

Navigating digital dating and modern relationships

Digital dating has changed the way we connect, creating a new vocabulary of phrases such as ghosting, orbiting, and breadcrumbing. While these activities may appear fairly innocent on the surface, they can have serious consequences for our mental health and well-being. Psychotherapist Danielle Read More...

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Struggling to maintain your appetite in the face of excessive stress? These 3 tips will help

Stress can harm your appetite, making it difficult to find the motivation to eat—even when your stomach is empty and rumbling. Stress, whether caused by work pressure, relationship issues, or looming deadlines, can suppress your appetite or cause symptoms such as nausea, making dinner a Read More...

Overcoming loneliness: 4 ways

Overcoming loneliness: 4 ways to make real connections and build community 

Have you ever considered how your brain interprets loneliness? Surprisingly, it recognizes it as a threat. Loneliness is more than simply a passing mood; it is a major risk factor for a variety of health problems. Loneliness can have serious consequences for our health, including sadness, anxiety, Read More...

5 small and practical ways to

5 small and practical ways to support a friend through depression

When a loved one is struggling with depression, it's easy to feel helpless. However, you do not need to be a therapist to make a significant difference. According to Boston-based therapist and depression specialist Alexandra Vlahakes, PsyD, "There are things you, as a friend, can do to support Read More...

Feeling the gym blues? 7 strat

Feeling the gym blues? 7 strategies to kick your body comparison habit

You've prepared for that sizzling aerobic dancing class and are looking forward to crushing your workout. Unfortunately, the gym becomes an unanticipated battleground for self-doubt. How do you recapture the joy of exercise in the face of pressure to conform? The pitfalls of body Read More...

Turning the tide after losing

Turning the tide after losing your temper: an expert guide at cooling down and bouncing back

Ever had one of those moments where your temper got the best of you, and you ended up unleashing your inner Hulk? We've all been there - a moment of explosive anger that leaves us with lingering guilt and regret. Losing our temper is a part of being human, but the aftermath doesn't have to be a Read More...