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.

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Ever say “I’ll be happy when …?” Here’s why you need to stop doing that — now

Every time you say that or its cousins "If I just had ____" or "When I get through ____", what you’re really saying is “I can’t be happy now.” Author and designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explains why -- and how she broke this habit.
Posted Jun 2022

What is the ideal age to retire? Never, according to a neuroscientist

Too much time spent with no purpose is associated with unhappiness. If you want to live a satisfying, long life, neuroscientist Daniel Levitin has some advice for you: Stay busy.
Posted Feb 2020

There’s an art to happy memories — you can make more by experiencing more “first”s

Studies show we’re better at remembering the novel and the new, so let's use this tendency to add to our storehouse of memorable and meaningful moments, says happiness expert Meik Wiking.
Posted Jan 2020
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