Apologies for being absent from the blog these last two weeks. After my 31 Days of Unexpected Spiritual Encounters, I needed a bit of a breather (and I assume you probably did too).
So today I’m back today with some TED to brighten up your life!
If you’ve never heard of TED Talks, TED is an organization that stands for technology-entertainment-design. This group hosts conferences with speakers who share powerful ideas typically in ten to twenty minute talks, known as TED Talks.
These short videos are always informative with well-researched hypotheses and discussions of real-world issues. A lifelong learner, I turn to these videos for snippets of education and the chance to expand my mind.
So today, I’m sharing my all-time favorite TED Talks. While they are all good, a couple of these have actually very dramatically shaped my life.
Enjoy learning along with these academic all-stars and emotionally intelligent leaders!
1) “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brene Brown
This video and the teachings of Brene Brown have healed me in ways I can’t begin to describe and caused breakthrough after breakthrough in my life regrading vulnerability, which as Brene says, is the “birthplace of creativity.”
2) “Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe” by Simon Sinek
Many people at my university are disciples of Simon Sinek and his philosophy that “leaders eat last.” I love this video because he outlines what it means to thrive in a culture where you feel protected, and I hope that we can all do our best to cultivate such environments in our spheres of influence.
3) “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Adichie
I’ve linked to Chimamanda’s other TED Talk, “We Should All Be Feminists,” before, but I really like this one because it reminds us how we can stop stereotyping in our own lives–by never assuming the experiences of one person are normative for all people of a particular group.
4) “The Person You Really Need to Marry” by Tracy McMillan
This is a recent watch, but I love Tracy’s creative approach to self-love and self-compassion. As always, the degree we love ourselves will be the degree to which we love others.
5) “The Optimism Bias” by Tali Sharot
I first saw this video in my psychology class, and it really surprised me because I thought all along that humans were primarily pessimistic creatures. This video explains scientifically how we’ve actually been trained to believe the future is going to be better than the present–and how that both helps and hurts us.
Bonus: “Are Brains Male or Female?” by Daphna Joel
Here’s an extra, since this video is less inspirational and more informative. Once again, I was assigned to watch this for my psychology class but this time when we were talking about how differently men and women think. This researcher asserts scientific evidence to reject the theory that there are distinctly male brains and female brains (in direct contradiction to what our patriarchal society preaches).
So enjoy, learn, and grow from these videos: they’ve made a difference in my life. Who knows, maybe one day you could be presenting on the TED stage yourself!