There is good news surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. It has brought out the best in societies: solidarity among neighbors, colleagues and health professionals, and emergency relief and treatments. And its lessons are clear, despite taking hundreds of thousands of lives and creating the worst economic recession since the 1930s, resulting in lost employment, income, health, […]

The actress Hedy Lamarr was known for her beauty and film career, but she was also an inventor. The Official Website of Hedy Lamarr describes her accomplishment as follows: Hedy patented an idea that later became the crutch of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology. In 1942, Hedy and the composer and pianist George […]

March 20th is International Happiness Day. It’s definitely a day to celebrate!  Aside from all the uplifting news that we report at The Good Times, more reasons to be cheerful and optimistic on this International Day of Happiness include: 9 out of 10 people now live free from extreme poverty Almost 90% of the global […]

In these tense times of COVID-19, some simple suggestions to relieve stress are welcome. Here are 10 good tips: Let your creativity run wild: if you’ve always wanted to paint, write, or compose, now’s the time. Structure and plan your daily life (getting up, taking a shower, having breakfast, starting your work day, going grocery […]

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

Helen Keller, Author, disability rights advocate and political activist

What should we believe, and what shouldn’t we, when it comes to information about COVID-19? The World Health Organization (WHO) provides good advice on telling the difference between reliable information and misinformation. It recommends learning about “infodemiology”, the study of the vast amounts of information disseminated on the health crisis, not only from scientific sources […]

Gjenge Makers

Nzambi Matee founded Gjenge Makers in Nairobi, Kenya in 2018, initially to sort and sell plastic waste to other recycling companies. Matee quickly realized that, because her enterprise was collecting waste faster than the recycling companies could use it, she needed to change business models, and fast. She pivoted directly to creating value-added products using […]

“You are never too small to make a difference.”

Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist, COP24 Katowice, Poland 2018

Portland, Oregon, on the West Coast of the United States, is powering its electricity grid using … drinking water. Yes, you read that right. The city’s main energy company, Portland General Electric, is partnering with Lucid Energy to generate electricity from the water flowing under its streets and through its pipes. How so? By integrating […]

Yes, you, you and every single other person, can help to fight deforestation. Change the planet for the better and plant a tree with The Nature Conservancy. Join its effort to Plant a Billion Trees. Donate to “turn the tide of deforestation and help protect and expand forests around the globe,” or get involved in […]