Do you know TED? My color and design teacher likes TED talks, so I've been introduced to TED. My experience pre-class mostly involved a friend saying "I saw a TED talk about that." I tend to avoid videos, because I can't scan them like I can a blog post. TED is different.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. I was surprised to see it began in 1984 as a conference. The talks focus on three areas: Technology, Entertainment, Design. You can learn more about the nuts and bolts of TED here or jump into the 1100 plus talks here.
In class, we've watched a few TED talks. I really liked this one: The happy secret to better work by Shawn Achor. I found it valuable for class, as a writer and as an individual. If you have time (or need a boost of positive energy for your work or day), please watch it. We can all use a Happiness Advantage plus the unicorn story made me happy (and sparked a picture book idea).
If you can't watch it, he mentions how gratitude (noting 3 gratitudes a day) is key to creating lasting positive change.
On the day I watched the video, I was grateful I survived my packed week — Vacation Bible School, classes and jury duty. I ended up being on standby for jury duty and did not have to show up for service.
Do you watch TED talks? What's making you happy this week? Are you grateful for three things today?