Great TED Talks for Building Habits

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Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days?

Have you tried anything new in the last 30 days? Matt Cutts will make you reflect on it as he states that trying something new for 30 days is a good strategy to persist on a goal and actually reach it.

Judson Brewer: A simple way to break a bad habit

Why do we insist on doing things that we know are bad for us? Judson Brewer is a psychiatrist and addiction expert that provides us with a lecture on how to break bad habits, and how mindfulness has everything to do with it.

Emily Balcetis: Why some people find exercise harder than others?

Social psychologist Emily Balcetis addresses the disparity in people’s exercise habits based on a captivating concept: our perception of things. Emily enlightens us on a simple explanation of a complex problem and on how we can overcome it.

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

Our health is in part decided by our genetics, but there are also very real and practical measures we can take to live a long life. Writer and explorer Dan Buettner reveal some of these practices by using as an example his studies on “Blue Zones”, areas in which its residents go easily past the age of 100.

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Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

Guy Winch is a psychologist and author that incentivizes the practice of emotional hygiene; that is, listening to our feelings and emotions, just as we would listen to physical symptoms, and seek professional mental health when need – which, turns out, is often.

Dean Ornish: Your genes are not your fate

Physician, researcher and professor Dean Ornish is that we don’t have to be restricted by the set of genes we’re given- instead, by healthier life choices like dietary changes, exercise and emotional connection, we can actually increase our brain cells.

Sandra Aamodt: Why dieting doesn’t actually work

Odds are you already tried a dieting method; if you’re a woman, those odds are even bigger. Problem is, neuroscientist Sandra Aadmodt, in this informative and meaningful TED Talk, presents the argument that not only diets don’t work, but they are even prejudicial to you.

Shlomo Benartzi: Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow

Behavioral economist Shlomo Benartzi discusses the hardships and obstacles to saving money; not only for the short term, but also for occasions like retirement. With this important lecture, Shlomo begs the question: how can we suppress the urge of spending money?

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