Ted Talk Tuesday: Making Stress your Friend

Kelly McGonigal’s Ted Talk from 2013 is the most unique talk you’ll ever hear about stress!  We’ve all heard that stress kills.  In fact, for many years, she herself relayed that message to people, along with providing stress-coping strategies. Then she adapted her beliefs, after getting some revelations from a long-term study showing that it’s not stress that kills, but rather, how people react to stress. By changing how we face stress in our lives, we can make our lives healthier and happier.  

Check it out, and let me know what you think about Kelly’s point of view on stress and its positive aspects. 

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Ted Talk Tuesday: Women’s Heart Health

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C. Noel Bairey Merz is director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, where she is a professor of medicine.

As we’ve all now realized, heart disease is the #1 killer of women, causing more deaths than breast cancer.  In this Ted Talk, Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz talks about how we can deal with this health crisis, making the important point that research has long focused on men; and that this needs to change.  Women have different kinds of heart attacks than men, and different symptoms when having a heart attack.  Continue reading

Ted Talk Tuesday: Amy Cuddy & The Power of Body Language

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I remember an acquaintance of mine describing my walk as “determined.”  This was years ago, but I never forget her saying that.  It’s how I’ve lived my life since I was a little kid: determined to change my life. Determined to do something that made a difference.

When I’ve been depressed in the past, I recall walking with head down and shoulders slumped. When I feel good about how my life is going and I’ve done something I’m proud of, I can feel confidence in my walk, just by walking tall.  Our body languages speaks volumes! Continue reading

Ted Talk Tuesday: Becoming More Mindful

You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. (Eckhart Tolle) 

Andy Puddicombe is the co-founder of the site, Headspace, which describes itself as a personal trainer for your mind.  The site provides guided meditation training to its subscribers.  Check out the Headspace blog for articles in several categories, including mind, body, relationships and more.  Continue reading

Ted Talk Tuesday: Older is Happier

As I rapidly approach the sixth decade of my life, I realize I’m happier and more content than I’ve ever been in my life.  Is that to say I’m happy every day?  Nope.  I’m realistic enough not to expect that feeling every day. Sometimes, I’m a grump; sometimes I get the “blues” and feel better after a good cry. But that doesn’t change the fact that aging has helped me reach a sense of well-being and peace of mind.  This is something I never expected from growing old.  Continue reading

Ted Talk Tuesday: Shawn Achor and the Science of Happiness

Shawn Achor is a psychologist and the CEO of Good Think, Inc. He is the author of the books Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage (both of which are on my “to read” list).

In this humorous, fast-paced Ted Talk, Shawn talks about his experience with positive psychology, and provides some insight about the science of happiness.  Continue reading

Ted Talk Tuesday: Elizabeth Gilbert and Creativity

I recently read Big Magic, Creative Living beyond Fear, written by Ms. Gilbert (she also wrote Eat, Pray, Love, and several other books). Big Magic provides some intriguing strategies to develop your creativity.  It was informative in a fun, friendly way, and reading it convinced me to keep working toward my dream of writing a book.  

In this Ted Talk, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the creative genius we all have and how to keep that genius alive.

You can read more about Elizabeth Gilbert in this online bio