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Ok! Let’s begin with a confession. I am addicted to YouTube. I spend a couple of hours on YouTube every day, mostly watching auditions of singing or talent-based reality shows, or I watch mom bloggers (or vloggers, in YT slang). It’s my way of decompressing. Now, most days, I go through the videos guilt-free, but often I talk myself out of it. While YouTube indeed is a great source of entertainment, I find it lacking in content that is educational. Enter TED Talk.

Now, for those of you who have never seen a TED video, here’s the deal: TED is an annual conference where influencers from various fields share their experiences, learnings, and visions. Given the popularity of the original conference, nowadays, several local bodies and institutions are hosting their own scaled-down version. This helps open the doors to more influencers, achievers, and visionaries and makes the content more local. While I have never attended one of these conferences in person, I consume their content by the kilo!

So today, I wanted to share five TED Talks that I absolutely adore. The theme of these talks vary widely but the common thread is “inspirational” and “perspective-changing.” I hope you will enjoy these talks as much as I do.

Now listen, before I begin, let me warn you this is a long post. Not long because of the length of the post but because the five videos I am listing for you will take you approximately 1 hour to watch. I recommend you set aside some time. But worry not! Remember I mentioned Pocket in one of my earlier post on organization apps? You can save this post to Pocket and watch it later at a time and place of your choice. Alternatively, you can pin the images to your Pinterest boards and revisit whenever you want. Do give it a try!

Okay, let’s begin!

5 TED Talks Worth Their Weight in Gold

Disclaimer: All synopses are from the TED website.

TED Talk #1: Louie Schwartzberg

Duration: 9:39 minutes


Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

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TED Talk #2: Isabel Allende

How To Live Passionately, No Matter Your Age

Duration: 8:16 minutes


Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.

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TED Talk #3: Elizabeth Gilbert
Success, Failure, and the Drive to Keep Creating

Duration: 7:14 minutes


Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

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TED Talk #4: Nancy Etcoff
Happiness and Why We Want It

Duration: 14:14 minutes


Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness — the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it’s untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.

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TED Talk #5: Gary Greenberg

The Beautiful Nano Details of Our World

Duration: 11:58 minutes


When photographed under a 3D microscope, grains of sand appear like colorful pieces of candy and the stamens in a flower become like fantastical spires at an amusement park. Gary Greenberg reveals the thrilling details of the micro world.

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Did you manage to get through the list?

No? Well, here’s what you can do!

Save the pin to your Pinterest board. 

So tell me, friends, do you watch TED Talks? What are some of your favorite Talks?

Feeling reflective? What better time than to be grateful for your life’s journey so far?

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54 Responses

  1. I watched a lot of Ted Talks when I was doing my honours dissertation, and they really are wonderful! The people who speak are smart, empowering and inspiring yet still down to earth – the kind of people we need to be filling modern media!

  2. TED Talks are so powerful! You put together an awesome selection of speakers! Very diverse and educational! I became addicted to these a few month back!

  3. I am always looking for new TED Talks to watch, so this post was super helpful. I haven’t seen any of these and I love the diverse range you posted about. Going to check out Elizabeth Gilberts first!

    • My only exposure to Gilbert was her book, Eat, Pray, Love. While I didn’t find her writing spectacular, I loved the underlying message. This talk revealed a new facet of hers.

  4. I think the hubs would love pretty much all of these. He’s a big fan of TED Talks. The one here that I’d be most interested in watching is probably “How to Live Passionately, No Matter Your Age” — thanks for sharing your top picks!

  5. I love TED Talks and these are great suggestions. will check some of them very soon 🙂 Thanks

  6. I’m also addicted to YouTube! But I don’t want nearly as enough educational/motivational content as I’d like to, and I LOVE TED talks, so I’m so glad you’ve written this round-up that I can use as a guide!

    xo Jaime

  7. I had never heard of Ted Talks before your post, this is soo interesting! I have absolutely pinned the image and will make sure to watch them all!! thanks!

  8. TED talks are great. I really enjoying listen to their talks, always some interesting perspective on life. 🙂

  9. I have never heard of TED talk, but I do like the idea of them. I will check some of these out soon. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love Gary Greenberg and his TED talk in particular… So so beautiful. I have marked the others for future viewing. I really appreciate these suggestions because otherwise I’m never sure what to watch 💚

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