Last month Ling sent me an email with two videos from TED TALKS.  I had never heard of TED TALKS prior to her email and didn’t really feel like watching either video right away.  So the videos just sat in my inbox.

Fast forward to last week.  I was about to eat my home-cooked dinner and wanted to watch something while I ate.  My normal go-to shows for dinner are Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl, etc.  But I decided to steer clear of shows with too much drama that night because I was having a stressful week/month and wanted to watch something that would leave me feeling good/calm/inspired.  That’s when I typically turn to one of Joel Osteen’s videos.  But his videos have become really redundant (in Joel’s defense, I have been following him for many many years so some material is bound to repeat).  I needed something fresh.  And just when all hope seemed lost, I remembered those videos Ling email me last month.  She said they were inspiring so I thought now is as good of a time as any to finally watch them.

The first video was The happy secret to better work by Shawn Achor.

The second video was The power of vulnerability by Brene Brown.

Both videos turned out to be awesome, especially the one by Shawn Achor because it was exactly what I needed at the moment in the midst of my chaotic life.  In fact, it was so good that I dropped all my study/work plans that night and only focused on activities that made me happy (i.e. cleaning my room, writing emails to my friends, catching up on some light reading, etc.).  It totally worked because the next day I woke up feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to take on the day!

Since last week I’ve watched two more videos from TED TALKS:

John Wooden on true success (which I came across in my own search)


Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness (which I came across while reading Jan Jann’s blog).

So much great stuff!  Happy viewing :)!

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