Great TED Talks for Creating Joy

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Ingrid Fetell Lee: Where joy hides and how to find it

Ingrid Fetell Lee is a designer and blogger that, through this motivational TED Talk, explores the meaning and origins of joy and illustrates how we can find and even create more of it in our lives.

Emily Esfahani Smith: There’s more to life than being happy

Contrary to popular belief, Emily Smith dedicates her life and this TED Talk to defend that yes, there’s more to life than being happy. With a touching discourse, the author opens our eyes to the benefits of following a life of meaning, rather than a life of plain happiness.

Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity

Charlie Todd is the founder of the group Improv Everywhere, which brings joy to many by creating public scenes in unlikely places. This TED Talk is all about Charlie’s experience with this group, and will leave you, entertained, inspired and bewildred.

Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination

Pollination happens all around us, without us even realizing it; cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg gives us a beautiful look into this hidden world through images that he captured and compelled in the film “Wings of Life”. Take a look inside one of nature’s most breathtaking rituals.

Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other

Communication isn’t restricted to the animal kingdom, and Suzanne Simard’s TED Talk teaches us this. As an ecologist, Suzanne studied for years the behavior of trees in a Canadian forest, and brings us astounding findings: trees have social lifes and talk to each other.

Anjan Chatterjee: How your brain decides what is beautiful

Neurologist Anjan Chatterjee delves into the matter of how and why beauty exists. From a logical and evolutionary perspective, Anjan will try and show us the science behind the concept of beauty.

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Emily Levine: How I made friend with reality

Emily Levine is a humorist and writer that delivers a sharp and acute lecture about the inevitability of death and how to be at peace with it. With humor and intelligence, Emily invites us to reflect on the gift of life and how we should enjoy it while we still can.

Siamak Hariri: How do you build a sacred space?

In this TED Talk, architect Siamak Hariri explores how he created the Bahá’í Temple of South America, and the spiritual meaning behind its modern and breathtaking design.

Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

Theaster Gates, potter and social activist, took upon him a great and meaningful task: to revive his not so nice neighborhood in south Chicago. By creating community hubs and revitalizing the space, Theaster bettered the neighborhood for those who lived there and attracted the ones who didn’t. This TED Talk tells the story of how he managed to do that.

Daniele Quercia: Happy maps

Researcher Daniele Quercia proposes a totally new way to navigate through your city: according to what you want to feel during the path. With “happy maps”, Daniele aimed to bring a new meaning to commutes and trips, and he tells you all about in this lecture.

Magda Sayeg: How yarn bombing grew into a worldwide movement

If you have ever heard about the practice of yarn bombing, then you’ll know it’s a joyful activity both to the artist and the appreciators. Magda Sayeg, the creator of this movement, shares her experience with this fun activity, and how it actually has a deeper meaning than you think.

Artur Benjamin: The magic of Fibonacci numbers

Mathematician Artur Benjamin dazzles us with this spectacle on the mysteries and wonders of the Fibonacci numbers, showing how math can be practical and motivational at the same time.

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