5 Inspiring TED Talks to Get You Through These Challenging Times

Nov 9 | , , ,

An Uplifting Prescription for the Pandemic-Fatigued

As if the year 2020 hasn’t been hard enough, here we are in the second wave of the worse pandemic of our lifetime. As healthcare professionals and business owners, the challenges we face every day – from keeping patients healthy, to keeping ourselves, our families and our staff safe – to managing a business in the most uncertain of times, are enough to fatigue – both physically and mentally – even the toughest of individuals.

It’s normal human nature to think your problems and difficulties are insurmountable during times like now. But others have faced dire challenges and have found hope in the most unexpected places. If you feel as if you need some uplifting inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of 5 TED Talks to help you with the challenges of these difficult times.

Where Joy Hides and How to Find It

Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this 14-minute talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and show how we can all find and create more of it in the world around us.


How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff – Without Ropes

Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff – without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber, Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In this 12-minute talk, Alex tells the story of how he summited Yosemite’s El Capitan, completing one of the most dangerous free solo climbs ever attempted.


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

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? According to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, it may not be what you think. As the 4th director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this 13-minute talk Waldinger shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some insights on how to build a fulfilling and long life.


Never, Ever Give Up

In the pitch black of night, stung by jellyfish, choking on sale water, singing to herself and hallucinating, Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. In this 15-minute talk, learn how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete by doing an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida at age 64.


Say Your Truths and Seek Then in Others

In a lyrical, unexpectedly funny talk about heavy topics such as frayed relationships and the death of a loved one, Elizabeth Lesser describes in this 16-minute talk, the healing process of putting aside pride and defensiveness to make way for soul-baring and truth-telling.


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