Did you know that freedom of choice is often the enemy of happiness? Or that without disagreement, there can be no progress? Have you ever considered stress to be your friend? Or vulnerability to be your greatest asset? It might not seem feasible at first, but these are a few of the radical questions asked in some of our favorite TED Talks. Interested in learning how? We’ve dissected the revelations of eight thought leaders to provide you with a bank of life hacks. As they say, knowledge is power—or also, in this case, success, longevity, and happiness. What are you waiting for? Start watching now.
Life Hack: Changing the way you think about stress can make you a happier, more competitive, and more confident person.
With nearly 11 million views, Kelly McGonigal’s talk “How to Make Stress Your Friend” is one of the most popular TED Talks of all time. She addresses a condition that plagues most every human on the planet: stress. The health psychologist reveals the shocking conclusion of a scientific study: “Believing stress is bad for you” is the 15th-largest cause of death in the United States. Instead of recognizing the symptoms of stress (think heart pounding, faster breathing, breaking out into a sweat) as harmful, she thought about recognizing those same physical changes as signs your body was energizing itself to meet the challenge at hand.
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This post was originally published on April 29, 2016. Updated by Sacha Strebe.