I am indebted to TED - the nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading ideas. Without their online library of over 2,600 freely available, innovative talks my workshop participants would be stuck listening to me talk for an hour or two - sometimes three!
I frequently employ the expertise of global experts to illustrate a point or two in my presentations via their TED Talks. The 'storytelling's style is fun and engaging and there's nothing like humour to open hearts and minds to new ideas.
Here are three of my favourite positive psychology TED Talks that combine humour with serious scientific ideas; ideas that can transform your life!
1. The Happy Secret to Better Work - Shawn Achor
This is my all time favourite TED Talk. Positive psychologist Shawn Achor is not only knowledgeable and insightful, he's also very funny. With more than 12 million views, Achor explains how the notion that hard works leads to success is 'scientifically backward and broken'. Be warned: He talks fast!
2. The Surprising Science of Happiness - Dan Gilbert
Who knew scientists could be so funny? Dan Gilbert is the author of ‘Stumbling on Happiness’ - the bestselling book that reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there.
In this hilarious TED Talk he demonstrates how the brain has played a crucial role in predicting happiness and how it can trick us into believing things we shouldn't!
3. How to Make Stress Your Friend - Kelly McGonigal
Stress is not a funny topic. Or is it? In this entertaining AND informative TED Talk psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Fascinating Fact: Kelly McGonigal's sister is also a TED Talker. Jane McGonigal is the creator of SuperBetter; an online game that if played for 30 days improves mood, reduces symptoms of anxiety & depression and increases belief in the ability to successfully achieve goals.