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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    • 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



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 





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  1. Meredith Burris

    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

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    How to Make Stress Your Friend – Kelly McGonigal

    Sentence – Caring created resilience.
    Phrase – biology of courage
    Word – helpful

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    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.

  4. Meredith Burris

    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

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    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

  6. Meredith Burris

    8 Secrets of Success – Richard St. John

    Sentence – “What leads to success?”
    Phrase – practice, practice, practice
    Word – workafrolics

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    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

  8. Meredith Burris

    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

  9. Meredith Burris

    The Puzzle of Motivation – Dan Pink

    Sentence – That reward actually narrows our focus and restricts our possibility.
    Phrase – a whole new approach
    Word – intrinsic

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