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Happiness and Love – Insights to Consider

From the About TED page: "TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader."
The following are videos of some of my favorite talks from TED that I found interesting on the subject of, or related to, happiness and love.  Brief information about each talk was also pulled from the TED site. 
Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren’t we happy? (February 2004)
  • Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Malcolm Gladwell: What we can learn from spaghetti sauce (February 2004)
  • Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry’s pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.
Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice (July 2005)
  • Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
  • Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
Dan Gilbert: Exploring the frontiers of happiness (July 2005)
  • Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.
Helen Fisher: The science of love, and the future of women (February 2006)
  • Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic — love — and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.
  • Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone’s actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.
  • Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. From TED University 2007.
Benjamin Wallace: Does happiness have a price tag? (July 2008)
  • Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world’s most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you.
Note that most of these videos last around 20 minutes on average, but they are well worth the time spent.  I originally embedded the videos on my post, however the video format was not compatible, so I just included direct links to these on the TED web site.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Smile
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