Selected to further our community health and wellness, the following TED talks are offered to help us reflect on and engage in conversation of how we understand ourselves and others.
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- Use the associated hyperlinked text to read the corresponding transcripts.
- Access to a transcript may help you select your sentence, phrase, and word for our discussion in the fall.
You are invited (and encouraged!) to add your sentence, phrase, and word in the comment section below as you watch and reflect. (Please be sure to include the title of the talk in your comment.)
Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life
Guy Winch | Why we all need to practice emotional first aid
Shawn Achor | The happy secret to better work
lofer Merchant | Got a meeting? Talk a walk.
Richard St. John | 8 secrets of success
Sophie Scott | Why we laugh
Chip Conley | Measuring what makes life worthwhile
Dan Pink | The puzzle of motivation
The Game That Can Give You Ten Extra Years of Life – Jane McGonigal
Sentence – It turns out that people who regularly boost these four types of resilience — physical, mental, emotional and social — live 10 years longer than everyone else.
Phrase – never sitting still for more than an hour at a time
Word – games
How to Make Stress Your Friend – Kelly McGonigal
Sentence – Caring created resilience.
Phrase – biology of courage
Word – helpful
Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid – Guy Winch
Sentence – Why is it that our physical health is so much more important to us than our psychological health?
Phrase – build emotional resilience
Word – ruminating
This one was very powerful – something I needed to hear.
The Happy Secret to Better Work – Shawn Achor
Sentence – And at the end of that, their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.
Phrase – journaling about one positive experience
Word – revolution
Got a Meeting? Take a Walk – Iofer Merchant
Sentence – You’ll be surprised at how fresh air drives fresh thinking, and in the way that you do, you’ll bring into your life an entirely new set of ideas.
Phrase – breast cancer and colon cancer are directly tied to our lack of physical [activity]
Word – walk
8 Secrets of Success – Richard St. John
Sentence – “What leads to success?”
Phrase – practice, practice, practice
Word – workafrolics
Why We Laugh – Sophie Scott
Sentence – Everybody underestimates how often they laugh, and you’re doing something, when you laugh with people, that’s actually letting you access a really ancient evolutionary system that mammals have evolved to make and maintain social bonds, and clearly to regulate emotions, to make ourselves feel better
Phrase – enormously behaviorally contagious effect.
Word – laugh
Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile – Chip Conley
Sentence – I hate to argue with Einstein, but if that which is most valuable in our life and our business actually can’t be counted or valued, aren’t we going to spend our lives just mired in measuring the mundane?
Phrase – think about what we count
Word – intangibles
The Puzzle of Motivation – Dan Pink
Sentence – That reward actually narrows our focus and restricts our possibility.
Phrase – a whole new approach
Word – intrinsic