Get Inspired with These 5 Talks from TED

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TED.com is a great resource for finding a number of inspirational talks on the topics of psychology and mental health. Here’s a list of 5 of my favourites that will challenge and transform the way you think about your stress and wellbeing:


1|  Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend. We tend to think about stress as something very negative that holds us back, but in this video, Kelly McGonigal suggests that we can actually use stress to our advantage in order to help us move forward during the tough times in life.

2|  Jane McGonigal: The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life. What if we were to navigate through our lives in the same way that we play video games? Here, Jane McGonigal explains how the triggers of our negative emotions are like “bad guys” that can be shot dead in their tracks, mood-boosting activities such as yoga and meditation are similar to “power-ups,” and our closest friends and loved ones are our “allies” who we can seek out when we need extra support. Find out how you can maximize your mental health by approaching life in this fun and interesting way!

3|  Andy Puddicombe: All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes. In this video, Andy Puddicombe challenges the notion that more meditation is always better. Instead, he suggests that practicing for only 10 minutes a day is all it takes to reap the benefits of mindfulness.

4|  Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness. Many of us are under the pretense that happiness is an external commodity that we need to obtain. Here, Dan Gilbert explains that happiness is actually something that we create internally, and when generated in this way, is a form of happiness that tends to be more powerful and stable in the long-run.

5|  Carl Honoré: In Praise of Slowness. We’re living in a very fast-paced world in which it seems like getting more done is always better. In this video, Carol Honoré suggests that by doing more, we’re actually getting less out of life. He offers a very inspirational account of why it’s becoming more and more important to slow down and simplify our day-to-day lives.

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