7 Best TED Talks to Redefine And Reclaim Happiness in Your Life

Last Update on October 31, 2023 : Published on February 19, 2021
Ted talks to bring happiness

Happiness! A concept that guides the life of some and seems to be an illusion for others. But if you sit down and ask yourself aren’t we always strive to seek happiness in our life. For different people, happiness means different things and while we all might be right at our place, there is a lot we can learn from others about happiness. And what can be a better source to reclaim and redefine happiness, than listening to TED Talks? Nothing!

So we have curated a list of the best TED Talks on happiness that will help you learn about one of the most basic needs that drives us each day- Happiness! I promise there are no spoilers here! Just suggestions for a mini summary. Now buckle up, we are about to dive into the pool of happiness.

Best TED Talks on Happiness For You

1. The Surprising Science of Happiness by Dan Gilbert

This humorous TED talk by Gilbert will help you identify the assumptions about happiness. He breaks down happiness into two components- the happiness we stumble upon and the happiness we create. If this TED Talk on happiness goes with your vibe, you may want to add Gilbert’s book Stumbling on Happiness to your reading list!


2. Want to Be Happier? Stay in the Moment by Matt Killingsworth

This one here is the shortest yet one of my favorite TED Talks on happiness. He supports the notion that happiness comes from being mindful and avoiding mind wandering. A mindful man attracts happiness while the one who lets his mind wander is likely to feel anxious, stressed, and even depressed. Not to miss Matt Killingsworth is also an app developer. His app is called “Track Your Happiness.”


Read Also: Encouraging TED Talks On Mental Health

3. How to Be Happy Every Day. It Will Change the World by Jacqueline Way

Being happy every single day! Now that sounds like a plan. Now imagine this plan coming from a mother and her 3-year-old son, makes it even more interesting, doesn’t it? Here’s the backstory of this TED Talk that is inspired by Way’s 365give Project. She set a goal for her 3-year-old son for 365 days where the focus was on giving, which ultimately brought happiness. Telling us two important lessons: we can rejoice in happiness each day and our one activity can brighten up our day (so choose it wisely).

4. The Ten Keys to Happier Living by Vanessa King

The title of this TED Talk on happiness pretty much gives us the hint that what this TED Talk is going to be about. She shares with us the ten keys that can bring happiness to our lives and shape our world beautifully. Did you know her keys became famous after her group post on the same (interesting isn’t it?).

Also Read: Most Inspirational TED Talks That Will Change Your Life

5. The Habits Of Happiness by Matthieu Ricard

Buddhism has always been linked with wellness and happiness. Ricard will help you learn about happiness through the Buddhist way (but it is all backed with science as well). He shares a beautiful lesson of stop looking and fixing for happiness outside as true happiness lies within us. There are a lot of other lessons as well that will leave you in awe. Watch it for yourself and share your favorite learning with us in the comments section.

6. Happier in Five Minutes by Ida Abdalkhani

Laughter is great therapy, we all know that by now. Along with this, we also know that yoga is a great tool for our wellness. With this 9 minute TED Talk on happiness by Abdalkhani, you will learn about combining laughter and yoga (laughter yoga). It is a comparatively new and intriguing concept (at least for me).

7. My Philosophy For A Happy Life by Sam Berns

Though Sam Berns is no more with us, his words are still here to uplift us. Sam was only 17 years old when we lit up the stage of TED Talks with his words. After being diagnosed with progeria and being one in 350 people with the same, he did face many challenges in his path. But guess what? He was unstoppable and happy irrespective of what life offered him. He shared his techniques and philosophy with the world in this TED Talk.

These are the 7 gems that were picked for you, do watch them! Also, share your favorite one in the comments section below.

Thank you for reading!

About The Author

Anjali Singh
Anjali Singh

Anjali Singh is a content curator in the field of Mental Health. She is currently done Ph.D. in Psychology. Her aim is to light up the world with positive vibes through her words, her idea of life is ‘Grow through what you go through’. Apart from this, she is a big-time pet lover.

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