The Texas Optimism Project is a sponsored partnership between Texas Monthly and Frost Bank’s Opt for Optimism initiative. The project explores optimism through stories of extraordinary and everyday Texans. Browse interviews, podcasts, videos, and more.

The Only Constant in Life is Change

From change over time to changing our minds, this episode focuses on ideas where change and optimism overlap.

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Good News Gets a New Host and Format

Chelsea Francis joins the Good Newsletter and Good Newscast, exploring themes of optimism in daily life.

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Shakey Graves on the Magic of Optimism

We interview the Texas musician about the moment in his life when changing his perspective changed everything.

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The Optimistic Effect of “Do-It-Yourself”

After bonding over DIY projects, two Austin realtors want to empower other young Texans to take charge in their lives.

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A feel-good email and podcast series curated by the Texas Optimism Project. Each month features new inspiration and thought-starters around optimism in daily life.

Conversations on Optimism

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The Mutual Benefits of Mentorship

For two Texas business partners, the transition from colleague to mentor was not exactly clear-cut, but they agree it is an optimistic relationship in life and business.

The Optimistic Effect of “Do-It-Yourself”

Kristina Modares and Stephanie Douglass, co-founders of Open House Austin, bonded over DIY projects and want to inspire other young Texans to take charge in their lives.

How Patty Mills Went Around the World to Find His Perfect Role

Chris O’Connell and Patty Mills, Australian-born point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, talk about optimism + setbacks.

Good News

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Episode 25: Time for a Change

For some people change is scary and for others it’s liberating. From change over time to changing our minds, this episode focuses on ideas where change and optimism overlap.

Episode 24: Good Newscast, Season 2.0

The first episode of season 2 welcomes a new host and new format. Owen, Andrew, and Chelsea talk about optimism and technology.

New Year, New Host!

Meet the new voice joining the Good Newscast and Good Newsletter, as part of the Texas Optimism Project.

Optimist Case Studies

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One Good Thing: At Home

Texas Optimism Project is proud to introduce a new essay series from a familiar voice. Owen Egerton, host of the Good Newscast, will spotlight those who are doing good in the world, and in these unusual times, Owen’s journey begins at home.

VIDEO: Deborah Mouton & The Moment When A Community Holds You Up

Houston poet Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton reflects on her “Moving to Texas” story and the community she found when she needed it most.

Faces of Optimism: Community Builders

Optimism isn’t just a state of mind, it’s a practice. We’ve spotlighted six Texans creating optimism in their communities—with the help of the communities themselves.

Practical Optimism

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Give A Little Optimism

Since 2018, The Texas Optimism Project has worked to inspire optimism through…

The Bull x The Horns: How can I be optimistic when I feel negative?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on how to honestly embrace difficulties for a more positive future.

The Bull x The Horns: Should I change my career?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on what to do when you reach a crossroads in your career.