TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. See more at TED.com.

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TED Talks: ‘How to Speak So That People Want to Listen’

By TED | February 22, 2017

There are seven deadly sins of speaking, according to sound consultant Julian Treasure: Gossiping Judging Negativity Complaining Excuses Exaggeration Dogmatism It can be difficult to stay away from these conversation killers, but Treasure says there are plenty of ways to make sure you don’t lose your listener. In this TED Talk, he shares tips to…

TED Talks: ‘The Surprising Science of Happiness’

By TED | February 8, 2017

When people talk about happiness, it’s often referred to as a search—a quest to find something so elusive & out of reach, But shockingly, it’s something else…

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TED Talks: ‘Keep Your Goals to Yourself’

By TED | February 1, 2017

Derek Sivers explains why announcing your goals to others causes you to stall out rather than speed ahead—and it has a lot to do with your social circle…


TED Talks: ‘Success Is a Continuous Journey’

By TED | January 25, 2017

For years, there has been a huge magnifying glass on how to reach success. Everyone wants to know the latest tips and tricks on how to get there. But when…


How to Make Stress Your Friend

By TED | January 18, 2017

Stress is not the enemy. Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal says if you can change the way you think about it, it can even become your friend. In this TED Talk, McGonigal sheds a new light on stress and shares surprising research that could make what feels like a threatening sensation a little easier to bear.…


TED Talks: ‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’

By TED | January 4, 2017

In this TED Talk, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth champions grit, a success trait with little scientific backing. But after working as a teacher, she saw firsthand how students who were willing to persevere through the school year came out on top. These hard-working students were the most likely to become graduates, proving that anyone could…

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TED Talks: ‘Try Something New For 30 Days’

By TED | December 28, 2016

Goal-setting doesn’t have to be super serious or even strict—in fact, achieving goals can be a ton a fun. In this TED Talk, technologist Matt Cutts shares the importance of trying new things when life becomes a tad too predictable. If you’re bored or stuck in a never-ending loop of unmemorable days, here’s why a…

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TED Talks: ‘Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful’

By TED | December 21, 2016

Where does happiness come from? Monk and interfaith scholar David Steindl-Rast says you could have everything it takes to be happy and still come up short. So instead of trying to have everything, he recommends finding a sense of gratefulness and holding on to it—because even misfortune won’t stop the most thankful people from being…


TED Talks: ‘Why You Should Talk to Strangers’

By TED | December 14, 2016

A simple hello might have no significant meaning, but it opens the door for making others feel significant. It lets people know someone was paying attention to them. It means people can connect by simply acknowledging the other’s presence. Stranger enthusiast Kio Stark is obsessed with these moments. Not only are the resulting conversations revealing…


TED Talks: ‘The Habits of Happiness’

By TED | December 7, 2016

Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard believes that well-being can be trained into the mind, that finding a sense of fulfilment strong enough to call happiness is absolutely possible. He believes peace and serenity can become a habit just like anything else—but only if people are willing to reprogram their thoughts. In this TED Talk, Ricard reveals…