Life is unpredictable. There are moments of extreme happiness. And there are moments of utter disappointment and sadness. At times, you feel highly energetic and motivated. And sometimes, you feel all shattered and hopeless. There are a lot of ups and downs in our life. So, to keep moving, we need to keep paddling with all our strength while pushing away the negativity. These five TED Talks are the paddles that help you sail smoothly in the river of life.


There’s more to life than being happy

Happiness, a word so simple yet too complicated to comprehend its meaning. Everybody wants to be happy and enjoy their lives. Living a happy life is what we all are running for. We want to get rich and be happy in our comfort. But there’s one thing more important than a happy life, that’s a meaningful life.

Emily Esfahani, in this TED Talk, advocates for having a meaningful life. She says that happiness comes and goes but having meaning in life, serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you gives you something to hold onto. Know more about the difference between a happy life and a meaningful life as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.


The brain benefits of deep sleep and how to get more of it

Very often the importance of sleep has been emphasized for our healthy body and brain. And technology so far has only disrupted our sleep cycle. Wouldn’t it be great if technology helps us get good sleep? The speaker of this TED talk, Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep. So, watch this video to find out more about how playing sounds that are similar to our brain waves leads to a deeper sleep which benefits our health, memory, and ability to learn.


How to get better at things you care about?

Who doesn’t want to get better at what they like? Everybody does. But it’s not easy. Sometimes, we keep trying and failing. In this TED talk, Eduardo Briceño talks about a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that’s work, parenting or creative hobbies. Also, he shares some useful techniques for you to keep learning and always moving forward. If you’re interested in working on some new skills in quarantine, here’s a blog that might come handy!

Don’t suffer from your depression in silence

Even today, our society isn’t open as much about mental health as it is about physical health. Even people who suffer from depression feel ashamed and weak to disclose it to their closed ones. However, the truth is, humans are emotional beings, and going through an emotionally weak time isn’t uncommon. In this TED Talk, Nikki Webber shares her own story about anxiety and depression, and the reason we must undo the stigma that misreads depression as a weakness and keeps sufferers from getting help.


So, what was your learning from these TED Talks? Let us know and feel free to reach out if you have a story that you want to share.

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