Hope you enjoy these top 10 TED talks! I find TED talks motivational and even life changing.  Most are short and to the point and in our world today, we all need the “cliff notes version” of stuff right? Super bonus is that they are truly entertaining and it's like a “netflix of happy videos” to watch.  

What’s really cool is there’s SOOO MANY TED talks…you can treat them like a yummy smorgasbord of delightful edutainment.  Kinda fits with their slogan “IDEAS WORTH SPREADING”

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

Whether you’re looking for laughs or life changing stuff…

Here’s 10 Top TED talks you should check out:


1 – How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins

This is one of my favorite top 10 TED Talks…I love Mel Robbins (she wrote the book the 5 Second Rule) and I guarantee you a hot fudge sundae you'll get a TON of valuable life-changing tips when you watch this.
She gives you actionable tips on how to change your behaviour in a very humorous way!
“They crunched the numbers on you being born.
And they took into account all of the wars, the natural disasters, the dinosaurs and everything else.
Do you realize that the ODDs of YOU being born to, to the DNA structure that you have ARE:
1 in 400 TRILLION – Isn't that AMAZING!
YOU have life changing ideas for a reason. You are fantastic.
All day long you have ideas that could change your life, the world, the way you feel” – Mel Robbins
6 year later, Mel did a fantastic talk with Success Magazine.  I wanted to include this 2nd talk from Mel because it's that POWERFUL.

Bonus Mel Robbins Talk:  How to Beat Self-Doubt in 5 Seconds

Have you ever just felt like sh*t? Mel Robbins has.
“In 2008, my husband’s restaurant business started going under, and it took our house, our entire life savings and almost our marriage with it…. At the time, I was also unemployed and I was facing an issue where I just felt like sh*t about myself,”
she tells the audience at SUCCESS Live Long Beach.
“The alarm would go off in the morning and all I could think about were all the things that were wrong with my life.”
Then, one night, she saw a commercial with a rocket ship launching and thought, That’s it, that’s the answer.
She made the decision that the next morning, instead of hitting the snooze button over and over, she would rocket out of that bed like a rocket ship.
“I’m going to move so fast that I cannot talk myself out of getting up.”
And she did. Just by counting backward, 5-4-3-2-1… GO.

She calls it the 5 Second Rule.

For Mel, it’s her secret to beating self-doubt, to gaining greater confidence. It changed her life. And it can change yours, too.
“Look, if I find myself in a situation where I know what I should do but I don’t feel like doing it, I’m going to use a stupid rule.” —Mel Robbins


Can you tell a 4 year old kid to wait 15 minutes to eat something they like when it's right in front of them and you've left the room.

Hmmm….that's like telling me to wait 2 hours before I can have my coffee in the morning after I wake up!

LOL Check out this TED Talk on “Don't eat the marshmallow”…Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification — and how it can predict future success.

3 – Teaching the ABCs of Attention, Balance, and Compassion by Susan Kaiser Greenland

Mindfulness is a way of looking at life experience.  We look at it with Attention, Balance, and Compassion.

Founder of the Inner Kids program, Susan Kaiser Greenland adapted adult meditation practices for kids, seeing a marked improvement in their capacity to focus, calm themselves, and manage stress. She is also the author of The Mindful Child.  Enjoy this Top 10 Ted Talk!

4 – My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic

Just before his passing on January 10, 2014, Sam Berns was a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Life According to Sam, which premiered on HBO on October 21, 2013, 2 days before his 17th birthday.


AMAZING, is my one word for this TED talk.  I saw a fish that looked like a flying turkey in the first 60 seconds of the video!.

If you want some jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean explorers like Edith Widder and Roger Hanlon.

6 – Jamie Oliver: Teach Every Child About Food

Who doesn't love Jamie Oliver right?  He's just so dang CUTE!

In this TED Talk Jamie Oliver shares some powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

7 – Inside the mind of a master procrastinator by Tim Urban

Over 11 million views, in this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

8 – The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger with Shauna Shapiro

How do we change? Believe it or not, you can change your brain – meditating.

In this pioneering talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

While recuperating from spinal fusion surgery at the age of 17, Shauna Shapiro’s life changed: from a healthy, active young woman to one confined to a hospital bed, unable to walk.

But she says the mental impact was more difficult—the feelings of fear and loneliness her new body inspired, not being able to do the things she used to

That drew her to Thailand, where she attended her first meditation retreat.

9 – How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar

This is soooo powerful!  Neuroscientist Sara Lazar's amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.

10 – A Life Of Purpose by Rick Warren

What on earth are we here for?

Had to save one of my favorites for last…I personally have read the Purpose Driven Life.  Rick Warren talks about so many things on a deep level.

Spiritual emptiness is a universal disease – inside at some point we put our heads on the pillow and say there's gotta be more to life than this. – Rick Warren

11.  Why We Do What We Do  by Tony Robbins

Need to rev up your energy and get motivated?  You'll love this Tony Robbins Ted Talk

What is it that drives you in your life?  Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that make us do what we do — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

12. How To Make Stress Your Friend by Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal's mission is to make people healthier and happier.

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat.

But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

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