I saw this talk in person in the Spring of 2016 and fell in love with Brandon Smith‘s work as the “Workplace Therapist.” I found his ideas fascinating before working in an office, but now that I work a regular 9 to 5 job I see his theory in action. I am lucky to work in an office that has contagious emotions, but contagious emotions of almost exclusively the good, productive kind. It is common knowledge that the mood and outlook your friends have rubs off on you, but the same goes for your coworkers. Choose wisely!
Have you experienced contagious emotions in the workplace? How do you handle negative people?
Nir Eyal is an Emory alum and has been referenced numerous times in one of my favorite podcasts, Note to Self. He poses an interesting idea about technology and why it has a death grip on our minds and behaviors. I think he is really on to something; I find myself compulsively checking my Instagram, Facebook messages, and even this blog on occasion. I think it is all about setting healthy limits and using technology in ways that enhance wellbeing rather than detract from it.
This talk taps into so many preconceived ideas we have about people from different cultures. I think we automatically assume we are all so different based on where we are from, but we forget about the common humanity and emotional experience we all share. Shafak does a beautiful job putting this idea into words, with a particular emphasis on political thought.
I have loved the show “Grace and Frankie,” which Jane Fonda just show happens to star in. The show features two strong older female leads living full, exciting lives. Jane Fonda does a wonderful job discussing how aging can include incredible personal benefits and new ways of existing in the world. The fact that two-thirds of how we age is a choice. We can alter, and improve, our own experience of getting older.
Dr. Dan Gilbert is one of my favorite Positive Psychology researchers; this short talk is so engaging and fascinating. I think it is so fascinating how greatly we underestimate how much we will change during the next decade. This talk really provokes me to think about how this underestimation will impact my lived experience–from what I do to where I live. Even with this knowledge, I’m sure I will still underestimate the amount of change that will occur in the next years; while this might be a negative feature, I think it also serves to protect our sense of self.
Do you agree with Dr. Gilbert? Do you expect to change within the next year? 10 years?
In my first blog post I mentioned I am an introvert, but I think we too often confuse being an introvert and being antisocial. Susain Cain is amazing advocate for dispelling this myth. He book Quiet is absolutely amazing and delves even further into what she discusses in this talk. I hope you enjoy!
This is not a Ted Talk (as you may have guessed), but this talk is incredibly interesting and important–for any woman in the tech industry, and beyond. Denzel gives an inspiring look into her career and gives some incredible advice for thriving professionally. I hope you enjoy!
What part of her speech stood out to you the most?
I initially watched this talk because it was given at Emory (my alma mater), and I quickly came to love it for the same reasons I love Emory. Dr. Ilardi looks at the facts about depression as an illness in a larger context–in the context of history, society, and medicine at large. I learned a great deal from this talk–I hope you do too!
Do you agree with his opinion on depression? Do you agree that exercise is medicine?
Well this is slightly embarrassing, but I feel like the content is still worthwhile. I created and gave this talk a little over two years ago. As I move in to the professional space, I have found this advice (backed by plenty of research) to be completely accurate.
Beyond the content of the talk, this gives me an opportunity to reflect on how much I have grown since this time. I chose to videotape this (with the generous help of my friend) because I was too nervous to give the talk in person. While I made plenty of other arguments for the choice of recording the talk–it was because of my fear. I have become so much more comfortable with public speaking since, and even feel confident when I know the subject of my talk well.
I am obsessed with Manoush Zomorodi’s podcast, Note to Self, so with her upcoming book release and this recent Ted Talk, I had to share. The Ted Talk is fantastic and gives such interesting insight into the downside of our productivity obsession. I hope you enjoy!
Do you relate? Do you feel like you are never bored?