TED talks – talks to form better habits

After reading Shawn Achor’s book “The Happiness Advantage“, I was curious about the power of habits. Back in the late 1800’s, William James noted that humans are biologically prone to habits, and that there are many things we do unconsciously, purely out of habit for example brushing your teeth in the morning. So this week’s TED talks are taken from the TED talk playlist: “Talks to form better habits”.


Judson Brewer: A simple way to break a bad habit.

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This is a great talk about research showing that being mindful about your bad habits can actually help break them.


Emily Balcetis: Why some people find exercise harder than others

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Did you know that each of us quite literally see the world differently for example dieters perceive the size of apples larger than non-dieters. Perception is a subjective experience.


Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

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Dan shares his research from examining communities where elders live with”vim and vigour”, and shares 9 diet and lifestyle habits that help people live past 100.


Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid.

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Our emotional health is often neglected, and an area where we don’t seek help with. Guy Winch suggests that we need to take care of our emotional health as much as our physical one.


Dean Ormish: Your genes are not your fate

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This powerful talk shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level!


Sandra Aamodt: Why dieting doesn’t usually work

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The science behind why dieting doesn’t usually work, and can actually be harmful.


Shlomo Benartzi: Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow

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It’s really hard to save for the future when you can spend money now. This talk looks at some behavioural solutions to this problem.


I hope you enjoy these talks

Take care for now

Karen x

TED Talks – A better you playlist

A better you TED playlist

A better you TED playlist

For this week’s TED talks, I’ve turned to the “A better you” playlist. There are 13 talks in this playlist, but I’ve only chosen seven, but you can have a look at the complete list and choose some different talks. My goal is about developing the habit of watching one TED talk a day, your maybe something completely different.

The first talk has become one of my favourites. It by Amy Cuddy on how you can use body language to feel more confident yourself. She says “don’t fake it till you make it, fake it till you become it”. You’ve got to love that. Take a look, and seriously, watch till the end.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

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In this second talk, Richard St John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a continuous journey. It’s only when you stop trying that you fail. It’s a short talk, so check it out.

Richard St John: Success is a continuous journey

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My third choice in this playlist is Larry Smith’s talk. It’s very funny, and reminds us to follow our passions. I just wish he wouldn’t walk so much!

Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career.

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My fourth choice is John Wooden’s talk. In this talk he explains his own definition of success.

John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

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Number five on my list is Kathryn Schulz’s talk about being wrong. It’s something we don’t like being, however, we can’t be right all the time, and so perhaps we should embrace our fallibility.

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

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The next talk is from Ron Gutman on the power of smiling. Did you know that your smile can be a predictor of how you you live????

Ron Gutman

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The final talk that I’ve chosen is by David Brooks. It’s a fascinating talk about balance in your life.

David Brooks: Should you live for your resume.. or your eulogy?

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That’s my talks for this week

Take care for now

Karen x

TED Talks – Work Happier playlist

Work Happier Ted Playlist

Work Happier Ted Playlist

Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending a TEDx talk, and yesterday I watched Shawn Achor talk on “The Happy secret to better work”. It’s a really inspiring talk that whilst we assume that we will be happier when we become successful, the opposite happens. He actually argues that happiness inspires us to be more productive. Have a look and see for yourself.

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The next video on the playlist is “The new era of positive psychology” by Martin Seligman, the author of Authentic Happiness, Learned Optimism and Flourish.

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The next talk is by Angela Lee Duckworth. Her talk explains her theory that grit is a predictor of success. She defines grit as “passionate perseverance”. I’ve pre-ordered her book and can’t wait to read it.

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The fifth talk on the playlist is by Neil Pasricha. His talk is “The 3 A’s of awesome”.

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The next talk is by Simon Sinek’s talk “How great leaders inspire action”

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My sixth talk is by Dan Pink on “the puzzle of motivation”.

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My final talk from the playlist is by Brene Brown, on the power of vulnerability. It’s the first of her TED talks, and I can’t honestly remember if I’ve posted this video before, but I’ve watched it several times. It’s a powerful talk by a world expert on shame. She has written many books and I’m currently working through her e-course.

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These are my TED talks of the week. I hope that you find them inspiring, and take the time to view them. I’m trying to get into the habit of watching them first thing in the morning.

Take care for now

Karen x

TEDx Galway

Today I achieved another one of my goals. I went to the TEDx Galway event. It took 2 hours, driving in the wind and rain, to get there, but it was well worth it. The speakers were recorded, and when these are uploaded, I’ll add them in, but here’s how I got on…

Pat Divilly

Pat Divilly was the first speaker. He’s a personal trainer, author and speaker. His speech was about his journey to success, and from my point of view, oh so inspiring. I can’t wait to upload his talk, but in the meantime, have a look at this video I found on youtube…

Pat Divilly – website, Facebook page, YouTube

Ivan Fahy

The next speaker was model Ivan Fahy. There was a slight hiccup, in that his mike didn’t work, and he had to go off stage, get re-introduced and come on again. To me, this was one of the most courageous acts that I have seen in a long time. His speech challenging society’s view on gender. One quote that stands out is “Tradition & conformity are evil best friends”. So true. As a nurse, I was always taught to question “we’ve always done it this way”. Perhaps it’s time to question how we define gender roles.

Here’s a video from youtube, to give you a favour:

Ivan Fahy: website, Twitter

Robert Carley

The next speaker was “Uncle Bob” Carley. He’s an experienced speaker, animated and made full use of the stage. His core message was that “love never fails”. Ever. His other saying was that “You are lovely. You are loveable. You are loved.” How cool is that? I gave my son a hug tonight, and told him exactly that.

Here’s a vimeo video to keep you going:

Bob Carley at the Student Leaders Congress from Horsin’ Around on Vimeo.

Bob Carley: website, Twitter


TED Talks of the week – Forgiveness



When having a look at what TED talks I should have a look at this week, one playlist jumped out at me: how (and why) to forgive.

Forgiveness can be thought of as a conscious decision to let go of the anger, pain and resentment caused by a past hurt. Without it, you may become trapped by negative emotions that not only hold you back, but prevent you from moving on to what you’re supposed to be doing. Have a look at these seven videos:

Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck.

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Shaka Senghor: Why your worst deeds don’t define you

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Aicha el-Wafi + Phyllis Rodriguez: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship

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Krista Tippett: Reconnecting with compassion

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Anand Giridharadas: A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided

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Colin Grant: How our stories cross over

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Karen Armstrong: Let’s revive the Golden Rule

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I hope you find these videos enlightening.

Take care for now

Karen x

TED Talks of the week – TEDx Omagh talks

TEDx Omagh

TEDx Omagh talks

I had tickets to go to the TEDx event in Omagh last year, however, circumstances at the time meant that I couldn’t go. This year, I’m hoping that luck will be on my side. I have the tickets bought and paid for, and have the date in my diary, so here’s hoping!

For this reason, this week I’ve chosen some of the talks delivered at this event as my talks of the week. Some of these talks are delivered by people that I’ve followed for a while. I’ve attended events where both Samantha Kelly and Carol Brill delivered presentations, and consider them both to be simply inspirational. Enjoy.

All these videos can be found on YouTube. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

Take care for now

Karen x

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