TED Talk: How To Make Stress Your Friend

“When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage.”

I try to start almost every day with something new and positive. Whether it’s reading a chapter from a new book, writing down my own thoughts, or watching a TED Talk, starting the day with positivity has made a significant impact on my weekly productivity, and happiness.

Today, this TED Talk was the perfect addition to my morning. It’s pretty fascinating how powerful [and helpful] our brains are, if we choose to work with them and not against them.

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TED Talk: The Science Behind Health And Happiness

Maybe I’m a loon, but I truly believe in God and the universe; and that they send us reminders or answers when we need them the most. My belief is that we just have to be open and aware enough to notice them.

In this fascinating TED Talk, Robert Waldinger reveals information from the longest running study on life and happiness. The study began in 1938, and amazingly enough, it is being continued from the original subjects, on to their offspring.

I am utterly in awe that a study could not only survive for 75 years, but that it is still being nurtured and conducted, today.

The key takeaway, for me:

“The lessons aren’t about wealth or fame, or working harder and harder. The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: good relationships keep us happier and healthier, period.”

Watch Waldinger’s full TED Talk, here:

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