Optimistic TED Talks for the New Year

Here are some more TED Talks1 to enjoy over the New Year holiday.

Enjoy!!  Happy New Year!!


The shared experience of absurdity – Charlie Todd  (12 mins)

Charlie Todd causes bizarre, hilarious, and unexpected public scenes: Seventy synchronized dancers in storefront windows, “ghostbusters” running through the New York Public Library, and the annual no-pants subway ride. In his talk, he shows how his group, Improv Everywhere, uses these scenes to bring people together. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)


Cloudy with a chance of joy – Gavin Pretor-Pinney (11 mins)

You don’t need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature’s finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.


How to buy happiness – Michael Norton(11 mins)

Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don’t spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)


The optimism bias – Tali Sharot (18 min)

Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side — and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.





1 TED Talks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from TED conferences, TEDx events and partners — anywhere the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. The TED Talks series is widely credited with creating a new category in online media, and we continue to innovate at every step.
TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at the TED Conference with the world. Under the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” talks were released online beginning in June 2006. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions — in a reaction so enthusiastic that the entire TED website was reengineered around TED Talks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world’s most inspiring voices.
At the end of 2006, TED Talks had been watched 2 million times; by the end of 2009, that number jumped to 200 million, establishing TED as an important platform. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed one billion times.


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