Taking a break is always a good idea! But why not learn something new while taking a breather from the books. TED Talks are a fun and engaging way to expand your mind. Plus, there are so many topics to choose from we know you’ll find one that interests you! Here’s some great TED Talks to start with:
Putting Yourself First
Stressed out from school? Dealing with anxiety? Having difficulty sleeping? Questioning your heart? Here are some TED Talks related to all of the above to ease your troubles.
Kelly McGonigal teaches you to take charge of all your stress and turn it into something great.
Kevin Breel shares his story of depression, and how it can hit anyone, despite how great their life may seem.
Guy Winch makes a case for practicing regular emotional self care to the same degree as care for our physical body.
Russell Foster talks about the mysteries of sleep.
Mandy Len Catron analyzes how falling in love and staying in love differ.
Making the World a Better Place
From understanding others to saying thank you, here are some TED Talks to show how you can make an impact.
Great leadership comes in the simple everyday acts. Drew Dudley shares an anecdote of how one seemingly small action can change someone’s life.
Sam Richards walks through empathy, helping us understand how people can form beliefs and follow them.
Laura Trice helps us see the importance of showing appreciation.
Michael Green lays out the concluding thoughts from a UN meeting in September 2015.
Think Outside Of The Box
Whether it’s what you read, how you speak, or how you learn, enriching your mind and changing your perspective can start here.
Mac Barnett delves into the wonders of a good book.
In this beautiful slam poem, Jamila Lyiscott shares with us the different ways we speak English; from speaking in class, to talking on the street.
John McWhorter shares how texting is impacting our culture and linguistic skills
Ken Robinson challenges the traditional ways we’re taught.
Christopher Emdin entrances us to show how inspiring teachers can be.
Laura Boushnak shares the empowering capabilities of reading for women.
John Green uses the metaphor of cartography to explain the wonders of finding your way in learning. Well read in John Green? Try to count how many things he mentions that have ended up in his novels.
Randall Munroe explores science, math, and the hypotheticals through comics.
From his memories and history’s heroes, George Takei gives a powerful history lesson about Japanese internment during World War II.
TED Talks by Students
Think you can’t make a difference? Think again. Here are TED Talks by students making social change and scientific bounds.
Inspired by her younger brother, McKenna Pope shares her story of fighting gender stereotypes by petitioning to Hasbro to challenge the traditions.
Intel Science Fair award winner Henry Lin looks at the big picture, distant galaxy clusters to be exact, to share how discoveries are yet to be made.
Three winners of the first Google Science Fair discuss their remarkable projects and where their passion comes from.