TED Talks: Gratitude, Perspective and Joy / by Leslie Fandrich


By Leslie Fandrich // Theme: Gratitude, Perspective, Joy // Category: Inspiring Ideas

It's Thanksgiving week here in the US and I wanted to share three TED Talks today that illustrate gratitude, perspective and joy. It's one thing to say we are grateful for what we have, but it's something else entirely when we live through something that really makes us appreciate it. After that, you might be wondering what to do during the holiday with a room full of people. Try Multiplayer thumb wrestling and experience TEN positive emotions in a minute! Have a great one friends.

Tania Luna: How a penny made me feel like a millionaire

As a young child, Tania Luna left her home in post-Chernobyl Ukraine to take asylum in the US. And one day, on the floor of the New York homeless shelter where she and her family lived, she found a penny. She has never again felt so rich. A meditation on the bittersweet joys of childhood -- and how to hold them in mind.

Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.

Jane McGonigal: Massively multi-player… thumb-wrestling?

What happens when you get an entire audience to stand up and connect with one another? Chaos, that's what. At least, that's what happened when Jane McGonigal tried to teach TED to play her favorite game. Then again, when the game is "massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling," what else would you expect?