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Ideas worth spreading

 

TED TALKS

TED is a media organisation which posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading", usually in the form of short, powerful talks (20 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers a wide variety of topics.

Below are some short talks we have selected to share

 
 

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

(Andy Puddicombe) 9 mins

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)

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THE HAPPY SECRET TO BETTER WORK

(Shawn Achor) 12 mins

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.


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HOW TO SPEAK SO THAT PEOPLE WANT TO LISTEN

(Julian Treasure) 10 mins

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.


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THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY

(Brene Brown) 20 mins

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.


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HOW TO MAKE STRESS YOUR FRIEND

(Kelly McGonigal) 14 mins

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.


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DROWNING IN EMPATHY: THE COST OF VICARIOUS TRAUMA

(Amy Cunningham) 12 mins

Caregivers and emergency responders are empathetic individuals who risk suffering from Compassion Fatigue, a form of PTSD that is treatable using the steps described in Amy’s presentation.


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The brain changing effects of exercise

(Wendy Suzuki) 13 mins

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.


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Why I’m done trying to be man enough

(Justin Baldoni) 18 mins

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: "See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper," Baldoni says. "Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?"


how to make work-life balance work

(Nigel Marsh) 10 mins

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.


Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

(Guy Winch) 17 mins

We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.