5 TED Talks That Can Make You Happy On A Bad, Stressful Day

Dilara Avlupınar

Dilara Avlupınar

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We all have bad days. Although these days are sometimes due to bad news, sometimes we can get out of mood for no reason. At such times, I get out of bed as little as possible and watch something on the computer. The five conversations below helped me smile through my bad days, and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy watching. (All videos have Turkish subtitles, don’t forget to activate them in ‘Settings’.)

1) Tom Rives – The Mystery of Four in the Morning

Performance artist and storyteller Tom Rives is obsessed with 4 a.m. According to Rives, 4 am, the strangest time of the day, argues with many interesting, historical coincidences. If you watch patiently, I can guarantee you will smile at the end of the talk. ☺

2) Elizabeth Gilbert – On Creative Intelligence

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” talks about why we attribute impossible qualities to artists and geniuses. Defending an extremely radical idea, Gilbert prepared an entertaining and impressive speech.

3) Neil Pasricha – The 3 Stages of Greatness

Neil Pasricha, who won the Webby award for his 1000 Great Things blog, shares the secrets of a happy life with us. It’s easy to be happy with just clean sheets, free drinks, in short, small pleasures. With this speech, Pasricha reveals 3 secrets that lead to a wonderful life.

4) Dan Gilbert – The Surprising Science of Happiness

Psychologist and “Happiness Expert” Dan Gilbert has researched why we are happy. His research, which includes a man who spent 37 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, seems to show us the way to happiness.

5) Kelly McGonigal – How to Befriend Stress

Last minute jobs, deadlines, competitive life, financial difficulties… Most of the inevitable things in our lives bring stress. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal has found a life-changing solution: befriending stress. It may sound strange, but when you watch the talk, you will find that you feel better.

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