6 Powerhouse TED Talks to Help You Live a Happier Life

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TED Talks — live-recorded presentations from the world’s biggest thought leaders — are some of the most inspirational and educational resources available online. And they all happen to be free!

The trouble is, with countless hours of life-changing footage at your fingertips, it can be difficult to know where to start.

But fear not! This list of powerhouse videos will give you just the motivation you need to take the first step toward a better life. Check it out and be inspired!

Less Stuff, More Happiness — Graham Hill

Can having less stuff, in less space, lead to more happiness? Writer and designer Graham Hill thinks so. In this thought-provoking talk, Hill explains how more money, health and happiness is right beneath your nose. All you have to do is clear out what’s standing in the way. Best of all, Hill lays out three actionable rules for editing your life that you can start today.

Happiness Means Staying in the Moment — Matt Killingsworth

Matt Killingsworth wanted to find out what makes humans happiest, so he decided to create an app that asked more than 600,000 people to report their feelings in real time. The results were surprising. It turns out that dwelling on plans — even happy ones! — can actually make us less content, while focusing on what’s happening right now leads to peace and joy.

Making Work-Life Balance Work — Nigel Marsh

Balancing career with a thriving personal life is every adult’s number one challenge, and according to Nigel Marsh, it’s too important to be left in the hands of your employer. In this empowering video, Nigel explains that the only person who can set boundaries between work and home life is you, and explains how to balance your day between family time, personal time and productivity.

The Benefits of Trying New Things — Matt Cutts

Have you always wanted to try a new sport or hobby but never had the follow-through? This talk is for you. According to Matt Cutts, an engineer at Google, giving yourself just 30 days with a new practice is long enough to form a habit, but short enough to keep you from burning out. He knows because he tried it himself — one new daily practice every 30 days — and it made him completely rethink the process of setting and achieving goals.

The Happy Secret to Better Work — Shawn Achor

Most of us grow up believing our work should bring us happiness, but could we have it backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that in contrast to our beliefs, happiness actually inspires productivity. It’s up to us to rethink the way we educate, work, and parent to align with the idea that happiness is the key to success.

The Body Language of Success — Amy Cuddy

We all know the way we move influences the way we judge and interact with others. But did you know that body language plays a role in how we feel about ourselves? According to psychologist Amy Cuddy, even a simple change in your stance can affect hormone levels in the brain, leading to more confidence, less stress, and even better chances for success.

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