We all have those days. When you feel discouraged, uninspired, unlucky or unmotivated. Perhaps you took the heat at work or you were fighting with your co-workers. Bad days will happen in the course of our lives. The best mode of action is to ride it out with inspirational and uplifting content. Rather than binge-watching Netflix, there is a more effective and proactive cure. Listening to an uplifting TED Talk is the best way to pull yourself out of a bad day. We’ll share with you some of the most inspirational TED Talks that are online. Don’t forget to bookmark this page and save it for a bad day.
History Behind TEDx
TED was conceived by Richard Saul Wurman in February 1984 as a conference; it has been held annually since 1990. TED’s early emphasis was on technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins. It has since broadened its perspective to include talks on many scientific, cultural, political, and academic topics. It is curated by Chris Anderson, a British-American businessman, through the non-profit TED Foundation since July 1, 2019 (originally by the non-profit
Today, TED is not just an organizer of private conferences; it is a global phenomenon with $45 million in revenues. In 2006 the nonprofit decided to make all its talks available free on the internet. (They are now also translated—by volunteers—into more than 90 languages.)
Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames — but Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like “Bustin Jeiber,” a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers.
Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid” by Guy Winch. We don’t take our emotional health nearly as seriously. But why? Why do we seem to value our bodies more than we value our minds? Emotional pain like guilt, loss, failure, and loneliness can impact our lives in dramatic ways — especially if we ignore it or try to deal with it by ourselves. In this TED talk, Psychologist Guy Winch makes the case for taking care of our emotional health and explains the scientifically proven techniques we can use to heal our psychological pain.
The Most Inspirational TED Talks
Some of the most popular TED Talks are also some of the most inspirational. Down below you will see a small peak of some of the best inspirational speeches of TEDx.
What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work? by Dan Ariely
The man who coined the phrase “IKEA Effect” and made it famous, a Duke University psychology and behavioral economics professor named Dan Ariely, talks in his speech about how leaders can use that behavior to motivate their teams. In this TED talk, Ariely talks about why it’s so important to value your employees’ efforts, and how small changes in how you give feedback can be crucial for keeping morale high.
The Power of Vulnerability. Everyone can recall a time when they felt vulnerable. Was it fun? Probably not. Is it a necessary part of growth? Brené Brown thinks so. In this enlightening talk, which is also one of the most famous TED talks ever given, Brown highlights years’ worth of research by diving deep into not only the reason why vulnerability exists but also the role it plays in our ability to form connections and achieve a sense of purpose.
The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get by Susan Colantuono
Leadership manifests at every level of management — and there are many, many effective leaders in middle management. In fact, a lot of those middle-management leaders are women. But that raises the question: Why are there so many women stuck in the middle — even when they are doing everything right at work and taking all the right advice? In this TED talk, Susan Colantuono shares a simple and surprising piece of advice. While the talk is aimed primarily at women, there are universal takeaways in here for men, too, as well as for new graduates and mid-career workers.
How to Succeed? Get More Sleep by Arianna Huffington
In many companies, people get bragging rights for staying up ’til all hours of the night, slaving over projects … but, you could be much more successful if you got the right amount of shut-eye. Not to say that level of dedication is not needed at times, but it should not be the norm for us. In the video below, Huffington gives us some quick advice for being more successful at our jobs and happier with our lives through one small change.
Where Good Ideas Come from by Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson believes that creativity is a state of mind. So how do you get your brain into environments where innovation happens? It is not as hard as you think. Check out this TED talk to learn how to harness your “Eureka!” moments into something sustainable.
Make Your Day Uplifting and Productive
You don’t have to waste a bad day. On days you feel discouraged or stuck, you can always find some way to turn it around. At least one of the most inspirational TED Talks are bound to motivate you to learn and improve yourself.