Have you discovered TED talks? Here are 10 amazing ones you'll love!

Are you familiar with TED talks? If not, we think you’ll want to be! TED talks are free, available at any time, and the topics presented can be educational, entertaining, and downright fascinating!

What Exactly Are TED Talks?

TED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, media organization devoted to providing “ideas worth spreading,” in the form of short, powerful talks (usually 18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference covering Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Today, TED talks cover almost every topic—from science to business to worldwide issues.

How to Find and Access TED Talks

Over 2500 TED talks are available online!

Probably the easiest way to watch and listen to TED talks is on your personal computer. This link will take you to a TED website page that will get you started. Here you’ll find many different “playlists” listing a variety of TED talks. You can search here by topic, duration, or categories.

If you prefer to watch on your smartphone or tablet, you can download the TED app.

Or, if you have a smart TV, you can watch with Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Apple TV, and many other platforms.

However you decide to access TED talks, just click on one that looks interesting and start listening!

Popular TED Talks

To show you the wide variety of TED topics, here are three of the currently most popular TED talks:

Tim Urban
Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator – Watch this video >

David Christian
The History of Our World in 18 Minutes – Watch this video >

Keith Barry
Brain Magic - Watch this video >

 

TED Talks Relevant for Seniors

We want to highlight seven additional TED talks that may be especially interesting to our residents:

1)    Jane Fonda - Life’s Third Act

Within our generation, we have an extra 30 years added to our life expectancy! These years aren’t just a footnote. In this talk, Jane Fonda discusses how we can best use this new phase in our lives. Watch this video >

2)    Bobby McFerrin - Watch Me Play…the Audience

In this fun, three-minute performance, musician Bobby McFerrin uses the pentatonic scale to reveal one surprising result of the way our brains are wired. Listening will be a reminder that music and a playful spirit are the keys to joy. Watch this video >

3)    Russell Foster - Why Do We Sleep?

This TED talk provides insight into sleep (something we spend about one-third of our lives doing!) and why it’s the best medicine there is. Russell Foster shows us that the more we learn about how our eyes and bodies create our sleep cycles, the more seriously we can begin to view sleep as a therapy. Watch this video >

4)    Benjamin Zander - The Transformative Power of Classical Music

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music and helping us all realize our untapped love for it. He presents a look at our capacity to realize our dreams at any stage of life. Watch this video >

5)    Laura Carstensen - Older People are Happier

Laura Carstensen’s research as a psychologist shows that, even with an ever-increasing lifespan, we do actually get happier as we age. She believes, “When we recognize that we don’t have all the time in the world, we see our priorities more clearly.” Watch this video >

6)    Dan Buettner - How to Live to be 100+

This TED talk shares some of the lifestyle strategies that the world’s longest-lived people have in common. Dan Buettner says, “We know that isolation kills. Fifteen years ago, the average American had three good friends. We’re down to one and a half right now.” Watch this video >

7)    Dan Gilbert - The Surprising Science of Happiness

Dan Gilbert, Harvard psychologist, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable when we don’t get what we want. He discusses how our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned, and why we can decide to be happy, whatever our circumstances. Watch this video >

The Tip of the TED Talks Iceberg

In total, we listed only ten TED talks that we thought you might like—talk about the tip of the iceberg! There are many, many more interesting and entertaining TED talks that we think you’ll enjoy.

We hope you’ll find some inspiration and helpful information by discovering TED talks. As long as you have a computer with WIFI connection, you have a great resource at your disposal anytime, on practically unlimited topics, and they’re completely free.

Start exploring!