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Happiness

Updated 08/04/2017


All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes (9:24)
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.



Choice, Happiness and Spaghetti Sauce (17:30)
"Tipping Point" author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit
of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature
of choice and happiness.



"Flow", the Secret to Happiness (18:55)
What makes a life worth living/  Money cannot make us happy.  
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction
in activities that bring about a state of "flow".



Happiness and its Surprises (19:45)
Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness — the ways we try to achieve
and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising
effect on our bodies.

 

Happiness and Why We Want It (14:14)
Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness — the ways we try to achieve
and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising
effect on our bodies.



How to Buy Happiness (10:58)                                                                                                              2010/09/2016
At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can,
indeed buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising
data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of
course) other people.

 

How to Find Work You Love (6:20)
Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spend the next four years
wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful.  He shares what he
learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you - and
then getting started doing it.



How to Stay Calm when you know You'll be Stressed (12:20)                                       08/31/2016
You're not at your best when you're stressed.  In fact, your brain has evolved over
millennia to release cortisol in stress situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking
but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion.  
Neuroscientist 
Daniel Levitin things there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful
situations, when your thinking becomes clouded - the pre-mortem.  "We all are
going to fail now and then," he said.  "The idea is to think ahead to what those
failures might be."



How to Succeed? Get more sleep (5:49)
Writer and designer Graham Hill asks:  Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to
more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three
rules for editing your life.



Less Stuff, More Happiness (4:10)
In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger
ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits,
she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased
productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.



Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile (17:39)                                                                       02/00/2010
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business
model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom
of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.



Older People are Happier (11:38)                                                                                                          01/25/2017
In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans,
but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! 
Psychologist Laura Carstensen 
shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier,
more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world.



Remember to say Thank You (3:29)
In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of
the magic words "thank you" — to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make
sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.



Should you live for your resume ... or your eulogy?  (5:01)
David Brooks (NBC News) shares his view in this thought provoking presentation.
Reinhold Niebuhr:  "Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good
makes complete sense in 
any immediate context of history; therefore we must be
saved by faith. Nothing we do, 
however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
therefore we must be saved by love. No virtuous 
act is quite as virtuous from the
standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own standpoint. 
Therefore we must
be saved by that final form of love, which is forgiveness.”


The Art of Stillness (15:37)
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a
counter-intuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight
that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and
distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out
of every day, or a few days out of every season. It's the talk for anyone who feels
overwhelmed by the demands for our world.



The Hidden Power of Smiling (7:26)
Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising
results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live — and
that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to
flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionary contagious behavior.



The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory (20:06)
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of
behavioral economics
 Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves"
and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has
profound implications for economics, public policy — and our own self-awareness.



The Surprising Power of Happiness (21:16)
Dan Gilbert, 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.


 

What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from Longest Study on Happiness (12:46)
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money,
you're not alone – but, according to 
psychiatrist 
Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As
the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented
access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important
lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on
how to build a fulfilling, long life.



Want to be happier? Stay in the moment (10:16)                                                                     10/16/2016
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth 
built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time.
Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.
And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be.



Why are we happy?  (21:00)
Well, it turns out when brains triple in size, they don't just get three times bigger;
they gain new structures. 



Why We Laugh (17:04)                                                                                                                                      04/01/2017
Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else
than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist
 Sophie Scott shares this and other
surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious
dash through the science of cracking up.



Why You Should Take Time to Play (27:47)                                                                                   10/08/2016
Play invites creativity and collaboration, and can inspire you to think out of the box!
Take a recess and learn about the benefits of connecting with your inner-child.  
Presentation by
 Tim Brown.