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TED talks

TED talks have produced a number of videos that you might find helpful. You can watch these online or via the TED app.

TED is a global community sharing ideas from a variety of disciplines. There are a number of TED talks that we recommend to offer you a new perspective on self care.

We are all hiding something - Ash Beckham

In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.

Keywords: courage, authenticity, hard conversations

We are all hiding something

The power of vulnerability – Dr Brené Brown

Professor of Research & Social Work Dr Brené Brown shares with us what she has learned, personally and professionally, from years of researching shame, authenticity, courage, connection and vulnerability. She shares her discovery of what it means to be a “whole-hearted” person that lives from a deep sense of self-worth.

Key words: self-worth, shame, vulnerability, courage, strength, connection and relationship, authenticity

The power of vulnerability

Listening to shame - Brene Brown

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Keywords: shame, authenticity, self-compassion

Listening to shame

The power of introverts - Susan Cain

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Keywords: individuality, identity, courage

The power of introverts

Your body language shapes who you are - Amy Cuddy

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how 'power posing' - standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident - can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Keywords: confidence, self-esteem, fear

Your body language shapes who you are

Try something new for 30 days - Matt Cutts

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Keywords: motivation, confidence, change

Try something new for 30 days

The difference between healthy and unhealthy love - Katie Hood

In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship -- with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member -- and shares the things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness and joy. "While love is an instinct and an emotion, the ability to love better is a skill we can all build and improve on over time," she says.

The difference between healthy and unhealthy love

What I learned from 100 days of rejection - Jia Jiang

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.

Keywords: fear of rejection, growth, confidence

What I learned from 100 days of rejection

How to make stress your friend – Kelly McGonigal

Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal passionately urges us to begin seeing stress in a more positive way, teaching us how to cultivate a mindset that not only could help strengthen our resilience to stress, but even thrive under it.

Keywords: stress, connection, resilience, courage, motivation, life-style, life expectancy

How to make stress your friend

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes - Andy Puddicombe

Using a set of bright red juggling balls, Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe explores the dynamics of a human mind overwhelmed with anxiety and repetitive emotions, encouraging his audience to take 10 minutes every day to reflect on their inner-workings of their minds.

Keywords: mindfulness, self-care, being present, worry, anxiety

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator - Tim Urban

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window -- and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

Keywords: procrastination, anxiety, motivation

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

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