Who doesn't need a pick-me-up every now and then? Watch these five amazing TED Talks to be instantly inspired and uplifted.
1. Louie Schwartzberg: Gratitude
Cinematographer Schwartzberg delves into the breathtaking images and forgotten beauty in everyday life, calling attention to the small bits of beauty we often overlook in our rush through life. The slow time-lapse photography and voiceover by a Benedictine monk remind us just why and how we should be grateful every single day.
2. Maysoon Zayid: I Got 99 Problems...Palsy Is Just One
Zayid is a writer, actor, and comedienne who struggles with cerebral palsy. Despite her physical ailment, however, Zayid explains in her thrilling, lively talk how she has overcome the obstacles with which she has been faced--ultimately becoming a philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.
3. Martin Pistorius: My Way Back to Words
At age 12, Pistorius contracted a brain disease which caused him to lose the ability to communicate. What nobody knew, however, is that shortly after Pistorius had been written off as a "vegetable," his brain began to come slowly back to life. The talk is one that takes you on a roller coaster of emotion, causing you to laugh, cry, and--finally--end in a genuine smile, as you discover the dazzling power of the human mind.
4. BJ Miller: What Really Matters at the End of Life
A palliative care physician (one who relieves pain for patients with serious illnesses), beautiful storyteller, and honest character, Miller discusses the importance of empathizing with those we live and work with on a daily basis. His talk leaves you feeling refreshed and inspired as you return to your day with a newfound attitude on life.
5. Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness
Gilbert, author of Stumbling Upon Happiness, persuades audience members to look for a deep, emotionally sustainable happiness within themselves--one that reaches past the short-term, goal-oriented happiness with which we often satisfy ourselves. He encourages us to remember that, no matter how large our problems seem in the moment, we should always put them into perspective in the bigger picture. We are left reassured that, in spite of truly everything, it will all be OK in the end.