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You too can be happy. Really. A Q&A with Shawn AchorYou too can be happy. Really. A Q&A with Shawn Achor

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

“We think we have to be successful, then we’ll be happier. But the real problem is our brains work in the opposite order,” said Shawn Achor in his charming, immensely popular TED Talk from TEDxBloomington, “The happy secret to better work.” Achor is the CEO of consulting firm Good Think, which conducts research on positive psychology […]


A visual look at 7 things that make us feel good about workA visual look at 7 things that make us feel good about work

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Last week, Dan Ariely asked an interesting question in a TED Talk: “What makes us feel good about our work?” The TED Blog responded with the post “7 fascinating studies about what motivates us at work,” rounding up research — from both Ariely and other psychologists — that speaks to some of the surprising factors […]


What motivates us at work? 7 fascinating studies that give insightsWhat motivates us at work? 7 fascinating studies that give insights

Posted By Jessica Gross

“When we think about how people work, the naïve intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze,” says behavioral economist Dan Ariely in today’s talk, given at TEDxRiodelaPlata. “We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labor market looks like.” When you look carefully at […]


New TED Book: The Science of Optimism

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The world may be a tough and tenuous place, but we humans tend to think that the future will be better than the past. Why? In the new TED ebook, The Science of Optimism: Why We’re Hard-Wired for Hope, author Tali Sharot expands on her earlier research into the optimism bias, and explores the many reasons why we are […]

Global Issues

“Balloons of Bhutan”: Bringing Gross National Happiness from the Himalayas“Balloons of Bhutan”: Bringing Gross National Happiness from the Himalayas

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

In his latest project, “Balloons of Bhutan,” artist, computer scientist and storyteller Jonathan Harris explores how the Kingdom of Bhutan measures quality of life — not through Gross National Product, but through Gross National Happiness. In 2007 Harris spent two weeks talking to 117 people — students, farmers, road workers, monks, even a firewood seller, […]


Life lessons from an ad man: Rory Sutherland on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value — and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July […]


Choosing and buying happiness

Posted By Emily McManus

There’s a fascinating conversation going on right now around Dan Gilbert’s latest TEDTalk, “Exploring the frontiers of happiness,” posted yesterday. In the talk, Gilbert goes into detail on his research into choice, satisfaction and happiness. Several commenters are suggesting the headline is inaccurate, because the talk isn’t about happiness, per se, as much as about […]


Does happiness have a price tag? Benjamin Wallace on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

From Taste3 2008: Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world’s most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the notorious Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you. (Recorded July 2008 in Napa, California. Duration: 14:40.) Watch Benjamin Wallace’s talk […]