Here we have a collection of some of the best videos we could find about mental health and psychology. TED Talks is a particularly good resource for quality videos on life hacks, relationships, positivism, substance abuse, and so much more. Here are some of our favorites.
Martin Seligman – The New Era of Positive Psychology
Psychology has been around for quite some time, and positive psychology has been a dominant force in the world for at least the past few decades. Martin Seligman argues that we’re heading into a new era of positive psychology that is more focused on a balanced, centered approach to daily living and less focused on things like compliments and rewards. This approach is necessary to create people who feel good about themselves and are ready to achieve the things that a new era demands of them, he argues. It’s an interesting way to look at what remains a controversial approach within the psychological profession.
Kevin Breel – Confessions of a Depressed Comic
Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.
Matt Killingsworth – Want to Be Happier? Stay in the Moment
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be.
Rick Warren – A Life of Purpose
Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book's wild success. He explains his belief that God's intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good. He argues that people should focus on living a life of purpose that seeks to help others, enrich themselves, and generate true happiness. It’s a simple approach, but arguably the most effective way to bring about lasting happiness.
Aimee Mullins – The Opportunity of Adversity
The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.
Andrew Solomon – Depression, the Secret We Share
"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.
Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision.
Dan Gilbert – Why We Make Bad Decisions
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.
Philip Zimbardo – The Psychology of Time
Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.
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