Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

Do you know that our world is building behavioural time machines? Yes, no kidding here. Daniel Goldstein,an American cognitive psychologist is building us a time machine that enables us to see ourselves years later, depending on our present behaviour patterns. In short, this is a tool that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for the Future Us. In this amazing TED talk, see Daniel explain the battles between your present and future self and also about the importance of being determined for even the simplest of questions like “Can I skip flossing just this one time?”

Nicholas Christakis:The hidden influence of social networks

We’re all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits — from happiness to obesity — can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don’t even know.

Matt Cutts:Try something new for 30 days

Matt Cutts, the former head of the web spam team at Google, at this TED talk says, “I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing,they were more likely to stick. There’s nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they’re a ton of fun. But they’re less likely to stick.”

He goes on to talk about how he managed to become a novelist in a span of 30 days.Not that he became America’s bestseller, but he’s happy to be called a “Novelist”. He talks about the power of doing something new for 30 days in a row, and the positive changes it can bring to you.

Kelly Mcgonigal: How to make stress your friend

Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist for the past 10 years, comes up with a very interesting discussion on handling stress.“Can changing how you think about stress make you healthier? And here the science says yes. When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress” is what she quotes.In times of stress,our heart might be pounding, you might be breathing faster, maybe breaking out into a sweat. And normally, we interpret these physical changes as anxiety or signs that we aren’t coping very well with the pressure.But what if you viewed them instead as signs that your body was energized, was preparing you to meet this challenge?

Scott Geller: The psychology of self-motivation 

Scott Geller,in his TEDx talk on The psychology of self-motivation talks about “learned helplessness”,the power of self motivation, depth of consequences and the intensity of the question,”Is it really worth it?”. That is a very important question to be answered and is the key to communicating to yourself. Answer that question first and you then will clearly see your motivation pushing you to do the things you have always wanted to do.

Stefan Sagmeister:7 rules for making more happiness

Stefan Sagmeister, in his TED talk about 7 rules of more happiness, highlights about the importance of maintaining one’s own personal journal.Where someday, that could turn into your life’s documentary on happiness. The power of writing down your own content can be miraculously beneficial. The content can help build your personality,show you things that are close to your heart,keep you in charge of your big decisions and most importantly reassure you of what you want to do and what you have been doing all this while.
He talks about design being his primary profession while he did manage to do a documentary on his life’s happiness, where he owes the major sentiments and the stories of the film to his personal journal.

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