Find work-life balance, define your life purpose, and take a peek into how the rest of the world lives. Here are three of the best TED talks from around the world that inspire living a better life.
There are over 3,100 TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks to inspire us and stir our curiosity on a variety of topics. Here are three of the best TED talks from around the world.
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By Nigel Marsh (TEDx Sydney 10:24)
“There are thousands and thousands of people out there living lives of quiet, screaming desperation where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”
Nigel’s perfect day is like most other men’s. He admits that his perfect day isn’t exactly realistic, but that a great day is easier to obtain than one may think. It comes down to us setting and reinforcing our own boundaries in life.
By Adam Leipzig (TEDx Malibu 10:33)
When people ask what you do, how do you respond? Adam helps us understand our life’s purpose, and formulate our personal elevator pitch.
The answer to this question lies in the following:
Who are you? My name.
What you do? I’m a clinical psychologist.
Who you do it for? Working with people living with cancer.
What those people wanted or needed? Who want to improve their quality of life.
And how have those people changed as a result of what you do? They have decreased physical and emotional suffering.
Your life purpose is the answer to the last one. Now when people ask me what I do, I don’t say I’m a psychologist. I say that I help people living with terminal illness learn ways to improve their quality of life in order to reduce their physical and emotional suffering.
By Anna Rosling Ronnlund ( TED Vancouver 11:41)
Imagine that there is one street (“Dollar Street“) on which all 7 billion people in this world reside. The poorest people in the world live on one end of the street and the richest on the other end.
When college students in Sweden were asked where they would live on the street, where did they put themselves? That’s right, they put themselves in the middle of world income. In reality, they were at the top.
For the Dollar Street study, photographers went to 264 homes in 50 countries to show how people with different levels of income live. In each home, they took pictures of the same things (e.g., front doors, beds, stoves, toys, shoes, and even toilets). Pictures were then lined up by income.
See inside the homes of people of different levels of income from all over the world. The differences and similarities may surprise you.
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