Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
What makes us happy? (9 talks): We all want to be happy. But how, exactly, do you go about it? More stuff or less? More choice or less? The answers -- from psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks -- may surprise you.
MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. His prediction for the future? Ingestion of knowledge…literally swallowing a pill that deposits information in the brain we have traditionally internalized through reading and listening. A MUST view 20 minute video! http://mrmck.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/nicholas-negropontes-prediction-for-the-future-ingesting-information-video-1944/
Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.