Many of the leading experts in positive psychology have spoken at TEDxTalk events on different aspects in positive psychology such as happiness, flow, mindset, value, optimism and so on. Here is a list of positive psychology TED Talks you should check out.
Top 10 positive psychology TEDTalks
The New Era of Positive Psychology
It’s impossible not to talk about positive psychology without mentioning its founder, Martin Seligman. Martin Seligman is the former president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the founder of positive psychology. In this talk, Seligman tells us that Psychology today is “not good enough” and why we should start to move away from the disease model that we have been practicing for almost a century.
Flow, the secret to happiness
Whether it was Greek, Chinese, Hindu, Egyptian, or Mayan civilization, there was always a shared sense of ecstasy and purpose in every activity they did. This sensation still happens today and after much research, Csikszentmihalyi has founded the theory of “Flow” to describe that state. In this talk, he tells us how to move through life from finding what contributes to a life worth living to understanding the roots of happiness. He also lets us know when people feel most happy are in a flow state.
The Surprising Science of Happiness
Wonder why working hard to become happier only to find your happiness level still be the same? From the author of ‘Stumbling on happiness’, Dan Gilbert provides us with scientific research on predicting happiness. Through his hilarious talk, he demonstrates how the brain has played a crucial role and how it can trick our beliefs.
The Happy Secret to Better Work
If you wonder how unicorns, fake graphs, and weirdoes are related to Harvard, Yale, Psychology, and happiness, this TED talk is for you. Shawn Achor gives us one of the most classic and, perhaps, funniest Ted talk on happiness. With more than 12 million views, Achor tells us how to move the entire normal population beyond the average level as a whole.
The Power of Believing that You can improve
No matter what field you are in, if you find yourself feeling stuck in it, this video might help you. Based on scientific research, Dweck will show you how you can change your mindset. You might find yourself agreeing that that instead of giving fixed A, B, C, D or on a grading system, giving ‘Not Yet’ is better for a long term development.
The Key to Success? Grit
While she was teaching Mathematics, Duckworth noticed that the IQ was not a difference of the worst or the best students. She discusses what “doing well in school” really depends on besides your ability to learn quickly and easily. Throug her researching from different contexts, she found one characteristic that all successful people in each field have in common.
Warning: Being positive is not for the faint hearted!
There is a reason why we are called “humankind”. Waters is the Director of the Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Melbourne. In this talk, she shows us how the news and media corporations have negatively affects our identity and why we need to hear more good news.
Playful Inquiry — Try This Anywhere
Robyn Stratton-Berkessel is a positivity strategist who specializes in change methodologies within human and organization development. Her focus is on facilitating strength-based change to develop high impact and positive change for people of diverse functional, cultural, and geographical boundaries.
“What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?” As a positivity strategist, Robyn Stratton-Berkessel points out how asking the positive question could lead us to realize what is work and what gives life a potential. From asking this question to people she met, what she found out will astonish you.
The Paradox of Choice
Why are we disappointed and depressed? Living in the world with too many choices, psychologist Barry Schwartz points out 3 problems that arise from them. He suggests that the secret to happiness is nothing but low expectations.
The Optimism Bias
Is optimism is a trait that we are born with it? As a cognitive neurologist, Sharot shows us by conducting an experiment on measuring our abilities that we are quite optimistic about ourselves. She points out 3 reasons with scientific support as to why optimism bias is good for us.
The Happy Planet Index
Have you ever wondered why most film view humanity as being threatened or the world is going to end? Marks points out that we are too long focus on the worst-case scenario. As the statistician, he suggested why we need to shift from letting fear lead us to aiming for progress instead by using Happy Planet Index to measure nations’ success.
The Psychology of Time
Are you oriented in past, present, or the future when making a decision? Zimbardo gives 6 time perspective factors and how to balance them so that we could have an optimal profile. You will learn where your roots are in the past, wings in the present, and power for the future is and how to make it serve your success without unnecessarily sacrificing anything along the way.
Measuring what makes life worthwhile
If the foundation of life is based on the Maslow hierarchy of needs, Conley asks how are we “actually addressing the higher needs?” Neither metric nor a measurement is there. In this talk, Conley shows us how to get people moving from valuing the tangible to intangible, which is the higher value of needs that fulfills a life worth living.