Barbara Fredrickson (2009), the developer of Broaden and Build Theory, introduces us to the idea that the more positive emotions we experience we begin to an upward spiral where happiness and well being can become a reality. Fredrickson’s research into the dynamics and benefits of positive emotions focuses primarily on the 10 most common positive emotions for all of us.
In this article we provide you with some fantastic TED talks which offer some insight into these different positive emotions. We hope you get inspired to broaden and build your happy life, enjoy!
The joy of surfing in ice-cold water by Chris Burkard
How could surfing in freezing cold water gives you a joy? In this talk, Chris Burkard will show you a new perspective of experiencing joy. Prepare to be inspired, playful and pushed to your edge.
Want to be happy? Be grateful by David Steindl
In this video Steindl points to what gratitude is and how it works. He will also help you rethink the relationship between happiness and gratitude. Learn to find key to the one true treasure that we are all have the power to have.
The Habits of Happiness by Matthieu Ricard
In this next video, Matthieu Ricard, biochemist turned Buddhist monk, will take you up into the Himalayas. He presents his belief that well-being is, in fact, a deep sense of serenity and fulfillment rather than a mere pleasurable sensation. He discusses how training your mind and finding serenity could help you deal with the constant fluctuations of human emotions.
A 12-year-old App Developer by Thomas Suarez
Like all other successful people, Suarez has used his interest in app creation to pursue his dream and achieve what was never achievable before.
The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained by Joseph Kim
Surviving famine, finding a lost family, crossing borders and living as a refugee, Joseph Kim has not had an easy life. In this talk he inspires us to use hope to surpass harsh difficulties and turn challenges into motivations for a better life. He does this all whilst remaining grateful for his past.
If hope is the belief that things can change, then this is the perfect talk to get the message across. Plus, I hope you can also find that one ‘chicken wing’.
Never, ever give up by Diana Nyad
Which achievements in your life are you proud of? What have you done today that you won’t regret when you look back? At age 64, Diana Nyad has swum from Cuba to Florida and achieved her lifelong goal! Let’s take the time to learn from her achievements and her thrilling story of pride and commitment.
It’s time for “The Talk” by Julia Sweeney
If you have kids around you, you will, without a doubt come across the “birds and the bees” conversation along the way. Julia Sweeney, in her presentation It’s time for “The Talk”, shares her most amusing moments whilst explaining reproduction to her 8 year old daughter. Get out your note book and get ready for a chuckle.
I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much by Stella Young
Stella Young’s pithy presentation asks why disabled people are expected to be the inspiration in society. To the contrary prepare to be inspired by the vision of a future where genuine achievement is valued by all.
Please, please, people. Let’s put the ‘awe’ back in ‘awesome Jill Shargaa
Awesome!! Do you know the true meaning of this phrase? In her short but powerful talk, Jill Shargaa shows us what inspires awe and reminds us how to use this amazing word the way it is intended.
10) And last but not least, Love
Love, no matter what by Andrew Solomon
Have you ever set a condition for love? In this talk, Solomon will take your understanding of love to another level. Through his personal story and those of his friends who are viewed by society as “different”, he will show you how love is the fundamental key that could heal and make real progress for a better world.
Fredrickson, B. (2009). Positivity. Oxford: Oneworld Publications
All videos were sourced directly from https://www.ted.com/talks