While there are many ways to become a better person, with some taking longer than others, watching these 3 remarkable TED talks will definitely get you on the right track.

1. Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy demonstrates for the audience just how much our bodily actions and forms affect our mental psyche--even if we don't think it changes anything at all. As it turns out, there may be more to the term "fake it until you make it" than we originally thought. Our bodies' inherent intelligence, something many overlook, can hold a lot of weight.

Doing actions that are associated with certain characteristics--standing up straight and having confidence, for example--can actually induce our minds into thinking we possess these positive things ourselves, ultimately leaving us as happier, more confident, and more fulfilled.

2. Larry Smith: Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

Economics professor Larry Smith divulges to the audience in a blunt and humorous talk why people need to stop making excuses to avoid pursuing their dreams. Despite the risk involved with trying a field in which we have no experience, or chasing a completely new walk of life we've never before imagined, there is simply no remedy to living a life in which your greatest passion does not play a role.

Smith tells us quite simply why we cannot keep beating around the bush; if we don't pursue our passions, the effort we give in everything else we do will never seem like enough. The heart wants what the heart wants. The only way to succeed as humans is to follow that path.

3. Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days

Google engineer Matt Cutts suggests a new, lighthearted way for going about achieving your goals. Trying something new, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, for 30 straight days practices your ability to commit for a relatively long period of time--30 days is enough time for a new habit to be formed.

By broadening our horizons and trying new things, we meet new people, open up our minds, and also grow as people. In his short talk, Cutts reminds us of the importance of challenging ourselves every single day to achieve our goals.

Published on: Dec 4, 2015
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