5 TED Talks That Teach Us About Happiness

After writing my most recent post on minimalism earlier in the week, and referring to several TED talks, it dawned on me that there are several of these inspirational talks which can teach us something about happiness, some directly and others in a less obvious, indirect way.

First, a couple of notes on watching/listening to these talks:

  • Personally, I listen to these talks as much as I ‘watch’ them; whilst I am driving, doing a household chore, in the shower, etcetera. In other words, you don’t have to ‘watch’ these, but rather can listen to them on the move. Of course, if possible (e.g. if you are on the train), do watch the videos
  • The TED App (available cross-platform) makes it easy to download certain talks ‘offline’ for viewing/listening later (this applies to TED talks, rather than TedX talks)
  • For a list of all the ways to get TED talks (again, not TedX), see here

So here are 5 TED (and TEDx) talks from which we can learn about happiness, and it’s application in our lives:

1. Richard Layard (Professor & Lord, Economist)
TEDx Talk: Our basic purpose

2. Barry Schwartz (Psychologist)
TED Talk: The paradox of choice (YouTube link – here)

3. Daniel Gilbert (Social Psychologist)
TED Talk: The surprising science of happiness (YouTube link – here)

4. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (‘The Minimalists’)
TEDx Talk: A rich life with less stuff

5. Scott Dinsmore (‘Live Your Legend’)
TEDx Talk: How to find and do work you love

I’ve watched/listened to all of the above multiple times. Great for commutes and general ‘idle time’.

I hope you enjoy these, and the weekend ahead.

Note: For a look at further ‘resources’ on all things happiness-related, I will be regularly updating this page.

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