If you're a fan of TED talks you will love these TED talks about happiness and they're sure to make you smile. TED talks can be inspiring and it's amazing what you can learn in such a short space of time. These TED talks about happiness are no exception.
Table of contents:
- in the moment
- why are we happy?
- less is more
- happy habits
- positive psychology
1 In the Moment
Worry, fear and anxiety. They're all things that happen as a result of not being in the moment. If you want to stay happier, you need to stay in the moment rather than thinking about the past and worrying about the future. I find this very difficult to do but I'm working on it. This is one of the many great TED talks about happiness and in it Matt Killingsworth talks about the app that he wrote which tracks happiness. It was through this app that he made some startling discoveries about when we're at our happiest.
2 Why Are We Happy?
Dan Gilbert wrote Stumbling on Happiness, which is a great book on the subject. This talk is equally engaging and entertaining and challenges the common notion that we become happier when we get what we want. If you thought you knew what makes us happy, thing again!
3 Less is More
I love this talk. It's short and sweet but really gets the message across in the few minutes Graham Hill takes the TED floor. Looking around my home, I can see the amount of stuff I am accumulating and there is a lot to be said for getting rid of things we just don't need. Hill reminds us of the ways in which streamlining our lives can help heal both our minds and the environment.
4 Happy Habits
We have all seen pictures of the Dali Lama and he always seems to be smiling. There is much to be said for this simple act and we know that the act of smiling, even when we don't feel like it, can make us feel better. Watch this fabulous talk by Biochemist turned Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard, and be inspired. He is said to be the happiest man in the world. The Dali Lama clearly has some competition!
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi wrote the fabulous book on happiness, Flow, and this talk is a wonderful accompaniment to that book about the psychology of happiness. Even if you haven't read the book, the talk is inspiring and is sure to have you clicking your way to Amazon to buy a copy of his seminal work.
6 Positive Psychology
Martin Seligman is another psychologist who has written about the subject of happiness. Seligman is seen as an expert in the positive psychology movement and he wrote Flourish, which is a great book on the subject. In this interesting talk, Seligman talks about the many ways in which positive psychology can help in all areas of life.
It's true, we all want to be happy and it's our ultimate quest in life. According to Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast, the key to happiness is in practicing gratitude. This talk helps to reaffirm everything you already know about happiness and how to bring more of it in your life through the simple act of being grateful for all that you already have.
These are just a few of the terrific TED talks on the subject of happiness. Which is your favorite?
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