Captivating TED Talks to Boost Your Day

Captivating TED Talks to Boost Your Day

Ever have one of those days where no matter what you do, nothing goes right?

You oversleep your alarm. You have a killer commute. You spill your coffee. You forgot your lunch on the kitchen counter. You drop your phone. You’re late to a meeting. You get a passive-aggressive email from a co-worker.

Yeah, those days suck.

Bad days happen to good people. Here’s a list of captivating TED Talks to help you feel less sucky.

  1. Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. Nature’s beauty can be fleeting—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, even the crappy ones.
  2. The Museum of Four in the Morning Performance artist and storyteller Tom Rives is obsessed with 4 a.m. After sharing his fixation about the time that kept appearing to him everywhere in the media and pop culture references in a TED Talk in 2007, emails started pouring in of hilarious references to add to his collection. This talk is a fun and lyrical treat, with an ending that will surely make you smile.
  3. I Got 99 Problems…Palsey is Just One.  “I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this hilarious talk. “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.” Zayid is an Arab-American comedian, who takes you on an inspirational journey with grace and wit as she speaks about the obstacles she had to overcome with her condition.
  4. Your Elusive Creative Genius. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, lays out why we shouldn’t think of people as “geniuses.” Instead we should think of people as vessels for genius. Explore why Gilbert thinks we all have a genius in this funny, personal and moving talk.
  5. A TED Speaker’s Worst Nightmare Coin Robertson had 3 minutes on the TED stage to tell the world about his solar-powered crowdsourced health solution. And then his talk took an unexpected turn.

We hope our mini-playlist helps to get your day back on track.