Your mental and emotional fitness demands as much exercise as your physical fitness. Problem is since we can’t see our insides, we often don’t give them the same attention as our outsides. Let me tell you the TRUTH: If you want a healthy body you need a healthy mind first. Taking good care of your mental and emotional fitness is a must for a positive, powerful life.
When I feel like getting inspired, motivated, or am just looking to give my spirit a workout, I log on to TED.com . There’s no better way to invigorate your mind than with a short, powerful TED talk. TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design — features “ideas worth spreading.” The speaker series launched in 1984, and there are now more than 1,400 TED talks available online.
While all of the talks are great, there are a few that I revisit often that have been both personally and professionally life changing for me. Some of these you may have seen (and are worth re-watching) and others might be new to you. Either way, this post is worth bookmarking (or pinteresting 😉 for the next time you want to give your spirit a sweat session. Please share your favorite TED talk in the comment section below, these ideas are worth spreading!!
Stephanie Snyder: Learning to Live
The first time I took Stephanie Snyder’s yoga class in San Francisco I felt like I was home. She has a nurturing, grounded, confident, and genuine way of teaching a room of hundreds of yogis and making everyone feel welcome. Stephanie Snyder has been inspiring students through yoga for well over a decade. Her commitment to happiness, movement, breath, and prayer honor the pure teachings of yoga and spring from her belief that, through mindfulness training, anyone can be empowered to fulfill their highest purpose. In her TED Talk, Stephanie encourages us to embrace our broken places in order to lead our most powerful lives. “What you hide from the world owns everything you do. Your most successful existence will come from making friends with your broken places and being of service. Know yourself and you will know what your life’s work is meant to be.” This is my #1 all time favorite TED talk, if you watch ANY of these, make this the first!
Brene Brown: The Power of vulnerability
Brené Brown’s extremely personal talk explores the uncomfortable feeling of vulnerability, and how those who dare to be vulnerable are generally happier and feel more deserving of love.
Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. This talk is as hilarious as it is moving and I re-watch it often to inspire my work in corporate wellbeing!
Radical Self Love: Gala Darling
Radical Self Love. Yes. So much Yes. Just watch. Be inspired. Practice Radical Self Love.
Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the New 20
Meg Jay hopes to motivate a generation of twenty-somethings who have repeatedly been told they have plenty of time to figure out their lives. On the contrary, Jay cites statistics about career growth, relationship development and reproductive capabilities that all emphasize the importance of our 20s as a formative period that sets the trajectory for the rest of our lives.
Tim Ferriss: Smash Fear Learn Anything
I am a huge Tim Ferriss fan (4 hour workweek is a good read!). In this talk Tim poses the question, “Whats the worst that could happen?” and uses that as a tool to conquer any fear. This talk is inspiring and educational (you may even learn a good swim technique or two!) and a must watch if you are looking to live an adventurous, fearless life.
Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
There has been a lot of research into how others perceive our body language, and the importance of sending the right message. However, Amy Cuddy delves into how we are influenced by our own body language — and how a few strategic power poses can make a world of difference in our self-confidence and stress levels.
Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
Amy Purdy: Living Beyond Limits
When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now … she’s a pro snowboarder. In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life’s obstacles.
Chip Conley: Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count. I love watching this TED talk because I have had the honor and privilege of attending an intimate happy hour talk at Chip Conley’s private home in San Francisco. He truly is someone very special – watch this video!
Tony Robbins: Why We do What We Do
Tony Robbins is one of my all time favorite motivational speakers (up there with Gabrielle Bernstein and Ilyana Vanzant).In his TED talk, he discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions — and even high-fives Al Gore in the front row. If you have never seen Tony speak, you must watch this. His bold, strong, and powerful voice will get you up and out of your chair saying “YES YES YES!”
Lissa Rankin: The Shocking Truth About Your Health
I am completely on board with Lissa Rankin’s perspective on health care. Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women’s health and wellness community OwningPink.com. She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment. She is leading a revolution to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, empowering patients to tap into the mind’s power to heal the body, and encouraging women not to settle for being merely well, but to strive for living vital, joyful, authentic lives full of “mojo.”
Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Go Take A Walk
Nilofer Merchant’s concept is quite simple: We are sitting 9.3 hours per day on average — and it is slowly killing us. “Sitting has become the smoking of our generation,” she says. So instead of having the typical work meeting, take your meetings outside — and you’ll be surprised by how easily fresh air can drive fresh thinking. I love this video because it continues to reinforce the ideas that I share in my Caroline Jordan Fitness Work Wellness Workshops. The more we can spread ideas that support a more active work culture the healthier (and happier!) our working world will be.
Christopher McDougall: Are We Born to Run?
As an avid runner, I find this TED talk to be inspiring as well as educational. Using his knowledge of evolution, anthropologist and author Christopher McDougall explains the surprising ways that running helped early humans run their world. McDougall’s explanation of why humans are built to move will inspire you to hit the road.
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have Too Few Women Leaders
The successful author of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, leads a TED talk about the glaring lack of women in leadership roles in the workplace. As Sandberg sheds light on some differences between men and women in the office, she gives aspiring female business leaders a few actionable tips to take their career to the next level. This video reinforces many of the concepts presented in Lean In which if you havent read it I highly recommend getting yourself a copy!
Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work
Struggling to balance a career with a thriving personal life is hard for most adults, yet there are few resources that address how to tackle this problem. Author Nigel Marsh points out that the only person who can set and enforce boundaries between work and home life is you. His approach to happiness is all about balancing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive Creative Genius
I love this talk presented by the talented author of Eat Pray Love. As a woman working in a creative career I really relate to the fears Gilbert talks about in her speech. “We’ve completely internalized and accepted collectively this notion that creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked, and that artistry in the end will always ultimately lead to anguish — are you guys all cool with that idea?” Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk aims to shift the way our society thinks about creative genius, hoping to to help artists manage the emotional risks that often come hand-in-hand with creativity.
I hate to say this, but watching the “Real Housewives” will not make you a better person. These videos will. Its kind of like that Dr. Suess quote “The more that you learn, the more things you will know, the more that you know, the more places you‘ll go.” Your mind and spirit need regular strength exercise too. Whats your favorite TED Talk video? Share in the comments below!
Yours In Health,