Happiness

We all want to be happy. But how, exactly, do you go about it? The answers in these TED Talks on happiness -- from psychologists, journalists and monks -- may surprise you.

Exclusive articles about Happiness

Why are some people stuck in their ways?

“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 TE...

Video playlists about Happiness

What makes you happy?

10 talks • 2h 37m
Everyone wants to be happy. But how, exactly, does one go about it? Here, psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks and more gives answers that may surprise.

Shawn Achor: Work happier

8 talks • 2h 23m
Shawn Achor made our brains do a backflip with his TED Talk on how happiness leads to better work -- not the other way around. Here, he picks talks to make business positive.

Charming talks for a boost on a bad day

5 talks • 50:40
Bad days happen to good people. Here are talks guaranteed to help cheer you up.

A better you

13 talks • 2h 55m
Ready for a change? These well-researched (and heartfelt) talks offer ideas and inspiration for all aspects of your life, from creativity to vulnerability, from competitive sports to collaborative games.
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TED Books

TED Book: The Happiness Manifesto

The Happiness Manifesto

We assume that economic prosperity leads to happiness -- and we're making ourselves miserable in the process. Nic Marks explores what would happen if we made happiness a national priority.
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TRH: Happiness

Episode: Simply Happy

We all want to find happiness, but it seems elusive. Can we learn more about happiness through science? Or are there simpler ways to achieve it? Listen now