10 Must-Watch TED Talks Perfect For When You Are Having A Bad Day
There are those days when it just seems that nothing is going your way.
You know when you get blamed by your boss for something that you did not do or when you constantly have run-ins with that passive-aggressive co-worker or when it seems you get a customer from hell every day.
Yes, those are the days you wish you did not have to go to work!
Let’s be realistic, most times you might think there is not much you can do in this situation but to stick it out and weather the storm.
A common reaction is maybe to just want to crawl into bed and binge watch episodes of your favourite show with your guilty conscience snack in hand. But you know this is a temporary and sometimes ineffective solution right?
However, there is hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. TED talks have come to become a great source of inspiration to so many people.
it is also a great way of restoring hope in yourself and humanity during those down days.
Here are some very inspirational TED Talks that you can turn to whenever you feel that things are not just going your way.
1. When You Are Feeling Meh – The Museum of Four In The Morning
This is a talk about performance artist and storyteller Tom Rivers obsession with the concept of 4 AM. Rives talks about when at TED2007 he shared about a fixation with a time that kept popping up everywhere.
But after the talk, emails starting pouring in with obscure, hilarious references from people all over the world.
This is quite an intriguing and interesting talk. Just be patient and stick around to the end, which is worth the wait.
2. When You Are Feeling Sorry For Yourself – Living Beyond Limits
Amy Purdy talks about the power of imagination. She explains how our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by the choices we make.
Imagination allows us to break down borders, to move beyond our circumstances, to create and constantly progress.
Amy Purdy has been through hardships that most of us will never face — or can even fathom.
But what makes her story so incredible is not that fact that she lived a “normal” childhood and spent her high school years as a passionate artist and snowboarder, then traumatically lost both her legs at age 19
She has persevered, taking on challenges and rising above them. Today, Amy is an athlete; currently, the top-ranked adaptive female snowboarder in the world.
Amy challenges herself while making a positive impact on the world, which is a true testament to Amy’s spirit.
3. When You Are Feeling Drained – Your Elusive Creative Genius
This presentation is a great watch for when you are feeling creatively challenged.
The Author of “Eat, Pray, Love” Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses.
Gilbert also shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
This is one talk that will make you view your abilities in a more positive and optimistic light.
4. When You Are Feeling Sad – The Three A’s of Awesome
Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things savours life’s simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets.
In this TED talk, he welcomes us into his world of the secrets to a happy life.
In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome.
It is worth the watch as it takes a pleasantly unexpected turn and makes you feel so much better about yourself.
5. When You Feel Like A Corporate Drone – A Guerrilla Gardener In South Central Los Angeles
Ron Finley is a great example of good guys trying to make a difference in an uncommon way.
Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs.
Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”
You might get inspired to take a step towards making your own grassroots change.
6. When You Are Feeling Lonely – A Virtual Choir 2,000 voices Strong
In this moving and madly viral video, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world.
In this unforgettable talk, he explains how he got people from around the world to send him their audio recordings for the “performance.”
He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, “Sleep,” with a video choir of 2,052.
7. When You Are Feeling Negative – The Surprising Science of Happiness
Dan Gilbert, the author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Gilbert talks about how we can turn negative to positive by synthesising happiness.
In this talk, he gives examples of people that have made mental lemonade including the story of a man that was in jail for 37 for a crime he did not commit and called the experience ‘glorious’.
Gilbert delivers an excellent lesson that is set to place you on the pathway to finding happiness.
8. When You Are Feeling Stressed – How To Make Stress Your Friend
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, make it our friend and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
9. When You Are Feeling Upset – Love Letters To Strangers
Hannah Brencher’s mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find.
This project led to an amazing experience for many people and is bound to make you feel happy to be a human being.
The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.
Hopefully, this talk will inspire you to impact the lives of others and write your own letters to strangers.
10. When You Are Feeling Down – Nature, Beauty, Gratitude
Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens.
His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
If you need cheering up, Schwartzberg’s amazing work might just do the trick.
It offers uniquely captivating way to give yourself or a friend a virtual recharge.
Hopefully, one of these videos will help you get through bad days.
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