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Jordan Reeves

TED-Ed Community Manager, TED Conferences


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What's one lesson you find super compelling?

If you could put a megaphone to the ears of the world for just 5 mintues, what's the one lesson you would teach. It doesn't have to be serious, but it can be. It doesn't have to be about math, science, literature, or history, but it can be. It just needs to capture the minds of your audience.


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  • Apr 21 2012: I think laughter could also be a sign of emotional maturity - the observer at play if you will. They say that nervousness triggers the same fight or flight response in the human body as excitement does. I sometimes provide laughter and humour into life-threatening situations (I spent some time in Afghanistan) because I noticed that it counter-balanced all the negativity and fear. I'm sure there may have been some who didn't appreciate it, but I know from personal experience that it helped me to step back from the fear/nerves and observe the situation from varying viewpoints. I watched Pamela's Meyer's talk and it is excellent! I would like to highlight what she said at the beginning about lying however - that we receive a lie bc a part of us wants to believe it. It's the 'thoughts create things' taking responsibility for what you have created into your life mentality. If someone lies to you, it is a lesson you chose to learn at this particular moment and spotting them as the liar is not necessarily the lesson. And while I agree that there is a time and a place for laughter, I also know from experience that it is way more often than we think. I have a friend who's grandfather recently passed away and two days later we were in a yoga class together and she farted out loud during a pose and we were both in tears laughing as quietly as we could! We can grieve, be angry, be disappointed and a whole host of other emotions, but we can also find things to laugh about in this very moment. Perhaps the wide topic of laughter would make for a great Ted Talk someday!!! :)
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      Apr 22 2012: Laughter gets my vote Pamela. My brother walked in today and just seeing me he started laughing. There are four of us an we tear each other to shreds. They are just the tip of my ice burg. Laughter can sting though so it's sincere apologies if the line ever gets crossed.

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