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Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology
In this TED talk Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology and the author of Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism, looks at ways healthy people can lead happier, more engaged, and more meaningful lives. While Seligman acknowledges that psychology has done a pretty good job over the past 50 years of making miserable people feel less miserable, he shows that there is a whole other realm of positive psychology which he and a group of other psychologists are only beginning to study. Seligman tells some of his findings on what contributes to healthy states of mind and what fosters genius. Going beyond the conventional, pleasure-seeking form of happiness, Seligman points to practices that truly give life meaning.
Katie is a gem, as you see. Personal growth made simple and direct, like reality is. More at The Work
Learning to Dance in the Rain
BJ Gallagher writes a book, Learning to Dance in the Rain, guaranteed to put a silver lining around the storm cloud in your life, and we are happy to give you this movie to help you see..
Bias Bingo: How Cognitive Bias Generates Belief
This demonstration represents how virtually all religious beliefs are generated. Basic human cognitive bias is brazenly exploited, while objective skepticism is frowned upon or ignored. Because the entire process is inherently manipulative and dishonest, such activity only serves as evidence against the integrity of religious beliefs.
Introduction to The Sedona Method
The Sedona Method taps your natural ability to let go of any unwanted thought or feeling on the spot. This will free you to quickly and easily have more radiant health and well being, plus break bad habits and other self-sabotaging behaviors. You will also be able to free yourself from stress, tension, panic, fear, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, procrastination, co-dependency and uncontrolled anger and grief. In short, you will enjoy living a happier, more productive, more satisfying, more loving and joyous life.
Ethical Self-Awareness & Personal Transformation
With humor and humility the Dalai Lama speaks on the importance of awareness in overcoming anger and other negative emotions. He further discusses ethical leadership for a new millennium and promotes dialogue and cross-cultural understanding around the world.
Matthieu Ricard: Habits of happiness
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
MindShock - Transplanting Memories
People who have had a heart transplant claim to have obtained some of their donors memories. People often show signs of personality change similar to the person who gave them the organ. In Transplanting Memories, prominent medical experts attempt to explain why some organ recipients adopt these memories and emotions, also known as "cellular memories"
The Emotion Of Fear
Neale Donald Walsch, author of 'Conversations with God,' discusses the widespread phenomenon of fear and how we can utilize this emotion to further our growth.
Tap O' The Morning
This video by Brad Yates is called 'Tap O' The Morning' instead of the typical Irish gretting "top o' the morning" as it uses the tapping techniques of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) so you can create a really great day - every day!
The Gentle Art of Blessing
Jane Young was inspired by the beautiful words on the subject of blessing written by Pierre Praderv to make this movie. May Peace guide your steps and Love steer your spirit to bring joy to those you meet.
Welcome to The Work
Byron Katie helps one Israeli woman - who has experienced recent war in Israel as people were killing, bombing, and being bombed - look anew at her belief, "I'm afraid of war." The Work gets us through to see reality, to the end of the only war you can successfully Work with, the war within you. Why not try it? The Work (Blog)
The Power of Love
Three beautiful short videos from Veronica de Andres about how to apply the power of Love in your life..
Trailer for "Full Confidence: Overcoming fear with the Power of Love"
featuring Veronica de Andres (screenshot below).
Free Hugs Campaign
Sometimes, a hug is all that we need. Free Hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, a man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal. As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign banned. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.
Free Hugs in Sondrio, Italy
Natural loving expression of human compassion.
The Development of the Desire in a Person
Michael Laitman outlines the development of desire, how it relates to a person's own life and to humanity's evolution. Further reading.
My stroke of insight
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened, as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one - speech, movement, understanding - she nevertheless studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.
The (Misguided) Pursuit of Happiness
In this memorable talk, Dan Gilbert demonstrates just how poor we humans are at predicting (or understanding) what will make us happy. Gilbert is a psychology professor at Harvard, and author of "Stumbling on Happiness". (More TED Talks)
Tony Robbins on top form
Tony Robbins is father of the life-coaching industry. In this talk, he explains how to unlock your true potential, and asks the audience (including former Vice President Al Gore) for a bit of high-level interaction. (More TED Talks)
Philosophy: Guide to Happiness
Written and presented by Alain de Botton based on his book The Consolations of Philosophy, this series is an entertaining, practical and psychobabble-free self-help course for the philosophically minded. De Botton believes that the great thinkers' works are full of practical advice on happiness. In each episode, he travels to where the philosopher lived and takes a look at the lifestyles they each led which influenced their philosophies
1. Socrates on Self-Confidence
How to separate oneself from the herd of those who follow and don’t think much for themselves...
2. Epicurus on Happiness
What it really means to live an Epicurean lifestyle and the importance of friends, freedom, and self-sufficiency...
3. Seneca on Anger
As a tutor to the emperor Nero, the great Roman philosopher Seneca witnessed much anger gone out of control. In our stressful lives that often drive us to anger Seneca has some sound advice...
4. Montaigne on Self-Esteem
Michel de Montaigne invited thinking people to view life with a certain sense of humility, questioning the importance of education towards living a happy life...
5. Schopenhauer on Love
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer viewed love as a biological drive to propagate the species. By viewing love in this manner, at least in part, one is freed from basing their happiness entirely on romantic love...
6. Nietzsche on Hardship
By enduring hardships and pain and a certain amount of danger, Nietzsche argues that we can reach greater heights of happiness far from the comfortable and dull satisfaction which many people settle for...