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  • There’s more to life than being happy

    By: Emily Esfahani Smith

    Duration: 12:18

    Happiness, Personal Growth

    Ted Brief : Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.

  • How I held my breath for 17 minutes

    By: David Blaiin

    Duration: 20:19


    Ted Brief : In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes -- a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) -- and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.

  • What I learned from 100 days of rejection

    By: Jia Jiang

    Duration: 15:31


    Ted Brief : Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days -- from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a "burger refill" at a restaurant -- Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.

  • A better way to talk about love

    By: Mandy Len Catron

    Duration: 15:17


    Ted Brief - In love, we fall. We're struck, we're crushed, we swoon. We burn with passion. Love makes us crazy and makes us sick. Our hearts ache, and then they break. Talking about love in this way fundamentally shapes how we experience it, says writer Mandy Len Catron. In this talk for anyone who's ever felt crazy in love, Catron highlights a different metaphor for love that may help us find more joy -- and less suffering -- in it.

  • Inside an Antarctic time machine

    By: Robert Lee Hotz

    Duration: 9:45


    Ted Brief - Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate.

  • How books can open your mind

    By: Lisa Bu

    Duration: 6:16

    Creativity, Culture, Entertainment

    Ted Brief : What happens when a dream you've held since childhood ... doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

  • Can we all “have it all?”

    By: Anne Marie Slaughter

    Duration: 17:11

    Gender Equality

    Ted Brief : Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality -- for men, women, all of us.

  • To the South Pole and back – the hardest 105 days of my life

    By: Ben Saunders

    Duration: 17:04


    Ted Brief : This year, explorer Ben Saunders attempted his most ambitious trek yet. He set out to complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s failed 1912 polar expedition — a four-month, 1,800-mile round trip journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. In the first talk given after his adventure, just five weeks after his return, Saunders offers a raw, honest look at this “hubris”-tinged mission that brought him to the most difficult decision of his life.

  • My Journey to yo-yo mastery

    By: Black

    Duration: 10:28


    Ted Brief : Remember the days you struggled just to make a yo-yo spin, and if you were really fancy, to “walk the dog”? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Japanese yo-yo world champion BLACK tells the inspiring story of finding his life's passion, and gives an awesome performance that will make you want to pull your yo-yo back out of the closet.

  • Do schools kill creativity?

    By: Ken Robinson

    Duration: 19.22

    Creativity, Culture

    Ted Brief: Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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