Three TED Talks That Will Change Your Life & Career

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Three TED Talks that will change your life & career

We are all wired to pursue happiness. Tibetan monks, for example, are great at this pursuit. Whereas, time poor professionals, wealthy bankers & workaholics, not so much.
A lady in Human Resources at a law firm I worked at once said to me, “…it’s your obligation to be happy, dear.” Thinking at the time that her view was a little arse about face, it’s actually stayed with me over the years. And, being the dutiful, box-ticker-obsessed, type A personality that I am, I often wonder whether I’m doing enough to satisfy this obligation.

Serendipity struck when, during a flight to London last month, I came across a TED Talk channel dedicated to happiness. I spent the next five hours glued to the tiny screen studiously listening (and maybe taking notes).

Having now sifted through the theories of these pre-eminent thought leaders, I offer you the crème de la crème of the happiness TED Talk for your lunchtime viewing pleasure. What are you waiting for? Your eternal happiness is an 18 min Ted Talk away!

Three TED Talks that will change your life & career.

Three TED Talks that will change your life & career

Cut the crap

Live a clutter-free life. i.e. bliss is born of the spotless bench top. According to Graham Hill;

“Having less stuff, in less space, leads to more happiness.”

He’s probably right you know…but how do I reconcile Hill’s theory with the ecstasy of discovering that this oversized grey maxi dress is half price?

Smell dem’ roses yo!

David Steindl-Rast posits:

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.”

For example, you’re late for a meeting and you get caught at a red light. Instead of thinking: “C*** I’m going to be late and I’ll probably get fired!”, think “Yaassssss! I have two minutes to work on my pelvic floor. Win!”

Flow, baby flow…

To harness an experience of happiness, serenity, & ecstasy more satisfying than a triple orgasm (yup), you need to ID your “flow” activity. This is something you’re very skilled at. When doing this activity the feeling is akin to an out-of-body experience: time stands still while the action “flows” from you spontaneously and effortlessly.

Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi thinks that;

“…those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow”, are happy.”

Some composers experience “flow” when writing music. Poets and writers have reported similar experiences, as have Olympic skaters.  At the risk of sounding like a complete and utter goose, I’m pretty sure my own “flow” activity is…drafting contracts (no s***).

What makes you happy? Have you experienced “flow”?

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Three TED Talks that will change your life & career

4 Comments
  1. Latoya says

    I loved this article!! I love listening to music & lighting a few candles. ?

  2. Tina says

    My ‘flow’ state is when I have connected with someone and listened to them..really listened and I am able to distill so much of who they are and what their ideology and energy is like. Then I can ‘see them’, their genius and their fears – having this genuine, non judgemental conversation is life changing for both of us.

    1. Elissa says

      Hi Tina, I’m so glad you have discovered your flow – it’s a tricky one to find! It seems that human connection is the basis of your flow. You’re one gifted chica!

  3. Krati says

    Great article! Thanks so much for sharing.

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