Relationships | The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News - Part 3
Today’s Solutions: July 18, 2024

Rethinking “consent” part

Rethinking “consent” part I—extending a sexy invitation

In terms of sexual relations, the idea of consent and consent education has been picking up speed in recent years, with things like the #MeToo movement and the rise of women’s rights and empowerment propelling its progress forward. While this is certainly moving along the right trajectory, there Read More...

3 tips to bring more intimacy

3 tips to bring more intimacy into your relationship

Intimacy is a crucial part of any healthy, fulfilling relationship and goes beyond what happens in the bedroom. Whether you're looking to reconnect with a long-term lover or discover more about a new partner, here are three ways to boost intimacy in your relationship. Learn your love Read More...

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5 Friendship red flags to look out for, according to the experts

Red flags in a relationship don’t just apply to romantic ones. Platonic relationships—friendships—may not call for participants to become as intimate and vulnerable with each other but maintaining them still takes a considerable amount of emotional energy. This means, according to Read More...

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How to cancel plans last minute in the least offensive way possible

We all have those weeks where we jam pack our schedule with plans and responsibilities, only to come to the day realizing you don't have enough energy, time, or money to realistically follow through. If you can relate to this awkward situation and have struggled with how you should cancel plans Read More...

Find joy in your workday again

Find joy in your workday again with these four strategies

Most of us have experienced at least one bout of burnout while working through a global pandemic, and when you look into the research surrounding stress and isolation, it’s no surprise that we’re not feeling as fulfilled at work these days. Research has shown that social isolation can Read More...

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Research shows confiding in others reduces risk of depression

Depression is caused by a myriad of internal and external factors ranging from home life to genetics, but fortunately, a range of external factors can also work to reduce depression. Concerned about rising depression during pandemic lockdowns, a group of researchers looked at data from 100,000 Read More...

How to be your best self in a

How to be your best self in a relationship

“So many relationship problems actually have very little to do with the relationship itself.” That’s the conclusion — shared in a TEDxOakParkWomen Talk — which Chicago psychotherapist Susan Adler has come to after years of working with couples. In fact, she believes that many of the Read More...

What cities can learn from Spo

What cities can learn from Spokane’s approach to homelessness

The common approach cities take to deal with homelessness is tough enforcement: ticketing people for panhandling or sleeping in doorways or busing them to shelters, sometimes in other cities. But as Spokane has found it first-hand, this approach just doesn’t work. That’s why Washington’s Read More...

Why a “repair attempt” is

Why a “repair attempt” is better than an apology

In his book, The Science of Trust, Dr. John Gottman explains that both partners in a relationship are emotionally available only 9% of the time. This leaves 91% of our relationship ripe for miscommunication. What matters most is how couples repair when they mess up—rebuilding the bridge of Read More...

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How to maintain friendships when you’re awfully busy

When work or life, in general, have you bogged down, it can feel really difficult to find time to hang out with your friends. But that doesn’t mean you should let your friendships fall to the wayside. Even if you’re busy, there are ways to preserve your friendships so that you can enjoy them Read More...