5 TED Talks for Happiness

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Sometimes, we just have those days where we need a little pick-me-up. Life gets busy, and maybe we don’t take as much “me time” as we should. The days drag by as we fill up our calendars with one event after another, leaving no room to make sure our minds, bodies, and souls are doing a-okay! Cute cat and baby videos are always good for the soul, but finding a more permanent go-to mood booster can help you get through that mid-week lull, leaving you even more excited for the weekend!

To wrap up our January TED Talk series, we sifted through some of our favorite guides on what it means to be happy, and how to stay positive in a busy and hectic world.

Now get comfy and practice your smile, you’ll be showing off your pearly whites after brushing up on our 5 TED Talks for Happiness!

1. The Happy Secret to Better Work: Shawn Achor

Psychologist Shawn Achor clears up the misconception that happiness and well-being have to take a backseat to productivity in order to succeed at work, and through a hilarious and upbeat talk reminds us that putting ourselves first actually makes us more productive!

2. All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes: Andy Puddicome

Andy Puddicome might know what it means to be mindful more than anyone seeing how he became a Himalayan monk in his early twenties to deal with a time of stress. Relax and take a few minutes to do (almost) nothing by watching this inspiring and informational TED Talk!

3. The Surprising Science of Happiness: Dan Gilbert

A revolutionary force in the up-and-coming field of positive psychology, Dan Gilbert guides us through what it means to be happy and how good it is for our brains to put our peace of mind first!

4. Nature. Beauty. Gratitude: Louie Schwartzberg

The unpredictability of life can toy with our emotions from time to time, but time-lapse nature photographer Louie Schwartzberg reminds us to be thankful for the little things that make the world great, even when our own worlds are going a bit sour.

5. The Hidden Power of Smiling: Ron Gutman

Ron Gutman reveals some surprising truths about human emotion and the power that a good attitude can have on our personal success and overall wellbeing. Prepare to gain a new superpower in smiling after watching this Talk!