What We Learned from Watching TED Talks in 2021

As 2021 winds down, many of us are contemplating our jobs, our communities, our friends, and our lives. Fortunately, we have access to thoughtful, interesting, funny people who have recorded TED talks about the “ah-ha” moments in their lives.

Take a few minutes and spend time with speakers who can offer a new perspective – or just make us laugh.

As a simple holiday gift, here are five of our favorite TED talks:

How to Make Stress Your Friend

Kelly McGonigal

In one of the most popular TED talks, research psychologist Kelly McGonigal talks about how to make stress work to our benefit. She was recognized by Oprah Magazine as a 2020 Visionary.

This Is What Happens When You Reply to Spam

James Veitch

Ever received a suspicious email from someone with unclaimed insurance bonds or friends marooned in a foreign country? Join James Veitch as he responds to a spammer who has offered to cut him into a great deal and riches untold.

All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes

Andy Puddicombe

Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe shares the transformative power of doing nothing for 10 minutes a day. (No need to sit in uncomfortable positions or burn incense.)

What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

Robert Waldinger

Robert Waldinger, director of a 75-year Harvard study on adult development, discusses what makes a happy life in one of the most popular TED Talks.

The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown

In a poignant, funny talk, Brené Brown shares insights from her research about our ability to connect to each other and how connection shapes our lives.

All of us at SMS-Magic wish you the happiest of holidays!

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