TED Talk Tuesday #278: The happy secret to better work

TED continues to spread ideas and help us all be better critical thinkers. Watching, listening and talking about TED Talks is a popular pastime for many in the CN&CO community. We visit TED.com regularly to clear our heads, have a laugh, learn or get inspired. TED Talks open our minds, spark new ways of thinking and can lead to some very interesting conversations and business opportunities. Each week we pick a favourite and publish it on a Tuesday, because we like how “TED Talk Tuesday” sounds. It’s also a way that the CN&CO team play their part in spreading ideas and helping to make the world a better place.

Today’s TED Talk was chosen by Kurt Solomon.

When Shawn Achor was seven years old, he convinced his five-year-old sister she was a unicorn to detract from the fact that she had broken her leg (thanks to him) a few days after she had broken her arm (also thanks to him). This set the foundation for Shawn’s future as a Harvard-graduated psychologist whose focus is on the science happiness.

Happiness, he says, inspires us to be more productive, rather than the other way round.

Kurt, our favourite Leb, has a zest for life and a heart of gold. He’s also a really good marketer, willing to do almost anything for his clients, even if it involves wearing a tutu!