The 22 Best TED Talks for Fitness, Health, and Happiness Inspiration. If you have access to the Internet, you’ve likely seen one: We’re talking about TED Talks. These live-recorded videos are inspirational life lessons from experts in fields from architecture to cardiology and everywhere in between brought (for free) to Internet audiences by TED, a non-profit dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” There are now thousands of “Talks” on the site — mid-sized videos each with its own “ah-ha!” Message or insight. But with so much inspiring to be had, where do you even start looking for innovative talks on fitness, health, and happiness? To help curate this free, digital resource, Greatist selected 22 Ted Talks that offer something simple and motivating to apply to everyday life.
Fitness 1. Using his knowledge of evolution, anthropologist and author Christopher McDougall explains the surprising ways that running helped early humans run their world. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. John Wooden knows what it means to win. 7. Health 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Happiness 15. 16. 17. 18. Why Aren’t More Intellectuals Believers? “God’s alright when he isn’t making bears eat children, you know?”
I didn’t. But this was just one of the arguments that would be lobbed at me by my new atheist friend, Tyler. Tyler used to believe in God. Though I didn’t know him at the time, his theology degree and sleeve of artfully ambiguous Christian tattoos suggest he took the whole thing pretty seriously, so when we began discussing his recent de-conversion, I paid attention. We considered the aforementioned story from 2 Kings. Elisha curses a group of boys for calling him “baldy,” so the Lord sends bears to maul a few dozen kids. After debating how feasibly the story could be implemented in a Rogaine commercial, I conceded that it seemed a bit harsh.
Is this intellectual approach to Christianity a faith killer? We talked about how a loving God could allow the immense suffering in the world, discussed Balaam and his talking donkey, and crunched some numbers on the six-day creation. It’s a complex question, but I have two theories. Post Cynical Christianity. Occupy Wall Street. Facebook rants. Moving back in with our parents. All telltale signs of our generation, motivated by one overriding attitude: cynicism. Our generation isn’t quick to trust, especially those in power. We love sarcasm. We’re not hopeful about the future of our country or our careers. And maybe our cynicism is inevitable. It’s hard not to feel sour and disillusioned when our sports heroes are caught taking performance-enhancing drugs, when our political leaders have proven themselves more interested in re-election than keeping promises, when Wall Street bankers can avoid prosecution for stealing billions of dollars and when pastors who preach family values are exposed for having sex with everyone except their wives.
Cynicism has permeated our worldviews and even crept into our churches—the places where hope should be most present. What’s particularly interesting is how cynical we’ve become about the Church itself. This brings us to a dilemma: Jesus loves the Church. 20 Christianese Phrases We Really Need to Stop Saying. I don’t want a hedge of protection around me. If you’re praying for me, feel free to not install one of those on the landscape of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I think hedges are adorable, but they’re highly ineffective. I mean, how hard is it to step over a hedge? Have you ever seen a bush and thought, “If there’s only one thing standing between me and the devil, I hope it’s a bush of that girth.”
Of course not. And yet, every day, thousands of Christians ask for a hedge of protection with little or no regard to the implication that you’re leaving your life in the hands of shrubbery. “I covet your prayers” When did this become OK? “Just sayin’” Christians use this phrase as a “Get out of jerk free” card. “Blessed with the gift of singleness” Don’t have a husband or wife? “Transparent” or “Authentic” Oh, you’re just honest? Matthew 6:34 NIV - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, 11 Pieces of Advice Every Millennial Should Hear. Millennials are in a challenging phase of life: navigating professional challenges, long-term relationship choices and spiritual questions, all while trying to live up to the social expectations of what an adult should be. But no matter where you are in your young adult life, it’s always helpful to hear wisdom from people who have been there before.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 11 pieces of advice that every Millennial should hear. No one ever “arrives,” so enjoy where you are right now Don’t let ambition and contentment become mutually exclusive qualities. Sure, you may want to end up in a better job, a different city or a new relationship, but if you’re always looking forward to the next thing, you’ll never enjoy where you are right now. No matter how successful you become, there will always be more goals you’ll want to accomplish. The Internet never forgets Too many people have learned this lesson the hard way. It’s never too late Regret is pointless Turn off your phone Be present. Yes, God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle. Recently, I was going back through my journals and I read words I had written years before: “God, I can’t handle this anymore. I don’t know what to do, but I can’t do this.” The circumstances in my life had become overwhelming, everything was crumbling, and my world was falling apart.
To be honest, if someone had come alongside me at that point and tried to reassure me by saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” I may have punched them square in the face. That tired, old phrase often sounds more like a taunt than a comfort. When we are down and out and feeling discouraged, hearing those words can cause us to feel like we are not measuring up. It causes us to ask, “If I am supposed to handle this, then why can’t I handle it?” The truth is, God never said He wouldn’t give you more than you can handle. The truth is, God never said He wouldn’t give you more than you can handle. The words that are meant for encouragement can often serve to only create discouragement. Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy | Wait But Why. Say hi to Lucy. Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s.
She's also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y. I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group -- I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs. A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story. So Lucy's enjoying her GYPSY life, and she's very pleased to be Lucy. Lucy's kind of unhappy. To get to the bottom of why, we need to define what makes someone happy or unhappy in the first place.
It's pretty straightforward -- when the reality of someone's life is better than they had expected, they're happy. To provide some context, let's start by bringing Lucy's parents into the discussion: Lucy's parents were born in the '50s -- they're Baby Boomers. Lucy's Depression Era grandparents were obsessed with economic security and raised her parents to build practical, secure careers. [EDGY] You Don't Have To Love What You Do To Be Awesome. (Learn how to make Q4 as productive as you need it to be. Erika Napoletano, TEDx speaker, best-selling author, and popular business "unsticker", joins us to talk about some big ideas for business transformation.
Join us here: Sometimes you just have to gut it out. Stick it out. Fight it out. Stay out of the way of disaster. It’s sexy to talk about “loving your job” and “pursuing your passion”. Not love. You have to grit it out. Grind it out. You have to put in effort even though no one else believes in you. Your boss might be an idiot. And yet, if you are going to be awesome, you just need to grind on. You don’t love the pain. Keep Reading -----> You can’t control if you get lucky. Despite the best education, smart planning, and friends in high places you can be blindsided by the worst of unfair conditions. Your good ideas can be spoiled by petty people. But no one can take from you your effort. No one can force you to not give your best.
Champions put in more time. 23 Things Every Woman Should Stop Doing. It is conventional wisdom that we’re our own worst enemies and despite the cliche, the idea rings true. We often drive ourselves insane striving for perfection in our experiences, relationships and selves, and honestly it just becomes exhausting. So here at HuffPost Women we’re issuing a challenge to ourselves -- and other women -- to stop doing these 23 things. (Of course it’s all easier said than done, but to employ another cliche, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.) 1.
Apologizing all the time. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. This story appears in Issue 70 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, available Friday, Oct. 11 in the iTunes App store. Also on HuffPost: Benefits Of Hard Work - Good Career Stress. It's so easy to rant and rave about work, and complain about the endless stress it causes us. Almost too easy. The annoying co-workers! The never-ending exhaustion! The crazy boss! But really, what gives with all the negativity? Are things really as bad as we make them out to be? Think about it — if you enjoy what you do (or find enjoyment in bits and pieces of it, anyway) and can Jedi mind trick yourself into perceiving your work and your role there more positively, how could that not be a good thing? There’s also the idea of being needed and contributing to something outside of your personal goals.
So, how can your 9-to-5 (or whenever you get out of there) job be better for you than just being horizontal on a beach 24/7? Gerber agrees: “Any area of life you give attention to will get better, but career, love, and health seem to be THE most important — and career is the most time-consuming of the three,” she says. But, balance is obviously key, here.