Presented by Martin Seligman February 2004 | 24 minutes Martin Seligman talks about psychology as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?
Presented by Dan Gilbert February 2004 | 21 minutes Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we”ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our ‘psychological immune system’ lets us find a way to be happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Presented by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi February 2004 | 19 minutes Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of ‘flow’.
Presented by Aimee Mullins October 2009 | 22 minutes When she was just one year old, Aimee Mullins became a double amputee, and her parents were told she would never walk. But today she is a Paralympic record-breaker, actress, model and public speaker. Mullins believes her experiences of adversity actually opened the doors on …
Presented by Stuart Brown May 2008 | 27 minutes A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humour, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults.
Presented by Sherry Turkle April 2012 | 20 minutes As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
Presented by Todd Kashdan December 2012 | 18 minutes Dr. Todd B. Kashdan talks about how curiosity can increase well-being.
Presented by Barbara Fredrickson December 2012 | 9 minutes Barbara Fredrickson shares her research on the ideal ratio of positive to negative emotions, and offers suggestions for how to flourish in life.
Presented by Jill Bolte Taylor February 2008 | 19 minutes Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.