7 Must Watch TED Talks To Be More Grateful And Happy

Do you need a gratitude adjustment? Learn how to be more grateful and happy with these 7 TED Talks. Click to read. Lately I’ve been contemplating how to be more grateful. I realized I have achieved everything I ever dreamed about growing up yet I am always on the hunt for more…I call it the “what’s next syndrome”.

For a long time I chalked it up to being ambitious but lately I’ve began to wonder…is there a such thing as too much ambition?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not rolling in dough or anything.

In fact I still have my student loan debt hanging over my head but I have a happy, healthy son, a job that I love making a good salary, good health, and overall I’m super happy with the life I’ve created.

So, why do I constantly think about attaining more? I’ve come to the conclusion that I might have a gratitude/contentment problem.

When I feel like I need a gratitude adjustment I do a few things. I think about 3-5 things I’m grateful for, I write in my gratitude journal, or I watch TED Talks on happiness and gratitude.

Here are some of my favorite TED Talks on how to be more grateful and happy.

How A Penny Made Me Feel Like A Millionaire

Speaker and founder of Surprise Industries (an entire company dedicated to creating surprise experiences), Tania Luna shares a precious moment from her childhood to illustrate the importance of holding on to our most joyful memories. She teaches, it is joyful memories that comfort us in times of sadness, stress or ungratefulness. This talk is a total lesson in how to be more grateful.

How The Worst Moments In Our Lives Make Us Who We Are

Who doesn’t have a struggle story? In this talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares his story of adversity growing up while explaining why it is important to find meaning in our struggles.  His speech will move and inspire you to never give up no matter how difficult you believe your situation is (after you dry your tears)!

The Paradox Of Choice

Psychologist and author of The Paradox Of Choice: Why More Is Less Barry Schwartz gives a brilliant talk on how more choices might actually make us unhappy instead of the other way around. He provides scientific studies which found that people experience more happiness when presented with less choices. His main point being when you have less choices it is easier to make decisions and less opportunity for you to regret or second guess yourself once you have committed to a choice.

The Habits Of Happiness

Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard teaches us how to train our minds to experience well-being thus generating more happiness. He defines happiness as contentment and fulfillment. He advocates meditation as the path to establishing true fulfillment. He also teaches more about finding happiness in his book, Happiness: A Guide To Developing Life’s Most Important Skill.

Want To Be Happier? Stay In The Moment.

Very interesting talk where researcher Matt Killingsworth shares data collected from an app he created designed to have people report on their “happy moments”. He found that people are the least happy when they allow their minds to wander. His conclusion was that people should “stay in the moment” to experience maximum happiness.

Before I Die I Want To…

Want to know how to be more grateful for the life you have? This talk will touch your soul and make you appreciate life more. The speaker, Candy Chang teaches you how “thinking about death clarifies your life”. She encourages you to reflect on how short life is in order to be happier with the time you have.

An Escape From Poverty

Entrepreneur Jacqueline Novogratz retells the story of her encounter with a former prostitute living in the slums of Nairobi. Although facing many hardships in life including living right on top of raw sewage, contracting HIV, and not knowing when she would next be ran out of her home by a dangerous invasion, the woman was able to work hard, remain positive and help others.

What are your favorite books or TED Talks on happiness and gratitude? Is it possible to be too ambitious? Share in the comment section below.