Go into this day kicking ass. If I ever need a little inspiration to push forward with a big project or to quiet voice inside that’s saying ‘no’, I’ll listen to a few minutes of an inspiring TED talk. Some listed here are old, some are new. But they’re worth watching because what’s the point of life if you stop learning, right? Consider this your graduate course in self improvement. xo
The Takeaway: You’re More Creative Than You Think
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, gives a great talk about harnessing your creative side. But she doesn’t say the same old stuff. Here, she says to think about how you can pull out what’s waiting there inside of you. This is an old one, but it’s still one of TED’s most popular.
The Takeaway: How Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are
What does your body language say about you? A ton. Psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy talks about how the way we carry ourselves influences our friendships and work relationships. You’ll go into your day with much more awareness.
The Takeaway: The Charming Science of Your Gut
Giulia Enders, author of Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ, offers an eye-opening look at why our gastrointestinal health relates directly to our mental health. Super interesting — and surprising.
The Takeaway: Teaching Girls to Be Feminists
One of my favorite writers — the award winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah) — uses her own experiences to talk about teaching your daughters to be feminists. Anyone who has a little girl will want to watch this one. In these dark times we’re living in now, there’s nothing more important than having those important conversations with girls about how to be strong women. Arm yourself with ideas.
The Takeaway: Stop Chasing Happiness. Find Meaning in Your Life
Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning, says happiness comes and goes, but what enriches our life is finding true purpose and meaning. Love that, especially since so many women around me seem to struggle with this. In this talk, Smith lays out the four pillars of a meaningful life and talks about the difference between being happy and living your life with meaning.