By Asma Naim
As our lives grow more chaotic and stressful, many forget about the importance of achieving happiness and enjoying the ride. We have to continuously remind ourselves to lift our heads above the daily worries and celebrate those little tiny moments that are hiding amidst the stress and routines of our daily lives.
Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.
Here are 5 of the best TED talks that will inspire you to be happier:
1. The surprising science of happiness
In “The Surprising Science of Happiness,” Dan Gilbert says our brains can create happiness if we choose not to give into misery when faced with an undesirable situation. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
2. What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness?
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? As the 4th director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Robert Waldinger has exceptional data on true happiness and satisfaction, as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
3.Want to be happy? Be grateful!
Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast says that all happiness is born from gratitude. He says we must learn to accept obstacles through patience and appreciation of the opportunities life gives us. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
“And how can we live gratefully? By experiencing, by becoming aware that every moment is a given moment.”
4.How to buy happiness?
Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton explains why we’re happiest when we help others, when we don’t spend money on ourselves. In his talk, he shows that there’s considerable evidence that people who regularly donate to charity are happier than those who don’t, regardless of income or nationality.
“If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right,” he says.
5.The hidden power of smiling.
Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Entrepreneur Ron Gutman reveals how a smile can be much more than just a polite gesture. He reveals that the human brain evolved to feel pleasure from smiling, and that the brain tends to prompt mimicking the smiles of others. Smiling makes us likable, and it makes us healthy.
So, SMILE and feel happy
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