10 motivational TED Talks to inspire you to live your happiest, healthiest life

-Oct 15, Hannah Hargrave, Living -

10 TED talks to motivate and inspire
If you’re after a speedy burst of inspiration then watching a motivational TED Talk could be your answer. But with over 100,000 talks and videos it can be mind boggling just trying to work out which one to pick. So to help you we’ve rounded up 10 of Lumity’s favourite wellness TED Talks to help you live the happiest and healthiest life you can.


Whether you’re looking to learn to love your body, improve your relationship or get the confidence to try something new these TED Talks might just be push you need to make it happen.


Diana Nyad: Never Ever Give Up

If you need to find willpower, you need to watch Diana Nyad’s TED Talk. The long-distance swimmer swam from Cuba to Florida and in her talk she documents what was going through her head during the mammoth swim. For anyone thinking ‘I can’t’ – whether it’s running a mile on a  treadmill or completing a marathon – Diana will convince you, you can!


Ashley Graham: Plus-Size? More Like My Size

Ashley Graham has curves and she’s proud of them but it’s still been a struggle for her to learn to embrace her body. In her TED Talk she explains why she dislikes the term ‘plus-size’, how she became truly happy with her figure and she kicks it all off with a fabulous opening.


Jacqueline Way: How to Be Happy Every Day: It Will Change the World

Giving is the key to happiness. That’s what Jacqueline Way – and plenty of scientific research – shows. She’s the founder of the charity 365 Give which began after she and her three-year-old son made it their mission to give something to someone every single day for a year and see if it boosted their happiness.


Shimon Schocken: What a Bike Ride Can Teach You

Shimon Schocken’s 15-minute TED Talk is incredible for showing you how challenge, physical activity and the great outdoors can change lives. He talks about what happened when he introduced mountain biking to juvenile inmates in Israel and the results were amazing.


Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days

If you’re finding the months are flying by without you feeling like you’ve really achieved anything then Matt Cutt’s quick three-minute talk is a brilliant boost. When he was stuck in a rut he decided to try something new for 30 days and it changed his life. From simple things like taking a picture every day to the more challenging like writing a novel in 30 days he discovered he was happier, more confident and embraced life  and he says you can do it too.


Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend

For many people a lot of time is spent not only stressing but then stressing about being stressed. But there’s a study which shows that thinking stress is harmful is actually the thing that causes negative health effects. In her TED Talk psychologist Kelly McGonigal’s talk about how to turn stress into a positive and as the title suggests, actually make it your friend.


Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk might be seven-years-old but it’s still relevant for women wanting to get ahead in their careers. In the talk – which inspired her famous ‘Lean In’ movement –  she shares three pieces of advice for women who want to be successful in the workplace.


Andy Puddicombe: All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

Busy lives leave little time for us to do absolutely nothing but Headspace co-founder and former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe insists just 10-minutes of daily meditation or mindfulness is transformative. Why wouldn’t you want to listen to someone telling you how beneficial it is to do nada?


Laura Vanderkam: How to Gain Control of Your Free Time

Time management is something many people struggle with, leaving them believing they literally don’t have the time to do certain things. But time management expert, Laura Vanderkam says the key is to treat priorities like they’re non-negotiable. She has spent years analysing the way successful people spend their time so she knows what she’s talking about. You’ll want to make time to listen to this one.


Shonda Rhimes: My Year of Saying Yes to Everything

We live in a world where we all say ‘no’ too often which is why ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Scandal’ creator Shonda Rimes spent a year saying ‘yes’. Her inspiring TED Talk explains how her life changed when she began saying yes more.



For other inspirational stories you might like to read how Georgia Van Cuylenberg’s made losing all her hair the best thing that happened to her and why multi-millionaire Carol Gardner believes it’s never too late to become an entrepreneur.

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