November is a special month — not just because of pumpkin-flavored goodies, but because of something sweeter that we hold in our hearts: thankfulness. While you in the United States enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities, here are some TED Talks to watch to help conjure up gratitude and compassion.
|Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.
In the talk above, from TEDxSF 2011, cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg reveals striking glimpses of nature and insights into the gratitude we have for that beauty. Through the responses of both a young girl and an elderly man to our world’s wonder, this talk invokes the importance of opening our hearts to the many blessings that surround us.
|Laura Trice: Remember to say thank youLaura Trice suggests we all say thank you
Laura Trice, at TED2008, gives us a simple but powerful task: learn to say thank you. She urges us to use those that commonly used phrase to fix relationships and build stronger bonds of community.
|Krista Tippett: Reconnecting with compassionKrista Tippett: Reconnecting with compassion
Krista Tippett has a message for us: it’s time to move beyond tolerance and towards compassion — our great unifier. In this striking talk from TEDPrize@UN 2010, Tippett reveals how we can use thankful eyes to see more compassionately.
|Ed Gavagan: A story about knots and surgeonsEd Gavagan: A story about knots and surgeons
In this striking talk from TEDMED 2012, Ed Gavagan gives a heartwrenching “thank you” to the surgeons who saved his life after he was stabbed on a New York City street. Given just a 2% chance of survival following this life-threatening encounter, Gavagan has immense gratitude for surgical skill.