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Five TED Talks to Spark New Thoughts in the New Year

We are at the beginning of a new year! Full of time when many of us make resolutions about how we are going to improve our minds, our bodies, and our lives. One of the ways we can do this is to constantly challenge ourselves.  Not only physically in the gym, but also mentally with new ideas that challenge our way of thinking. Watch these alone to keep yourself sharp. With a partner to spark purposeful discussion. Or  with your kids to get an insight into how they are thinking and feeling.

Five TED Talks to Spark Your New Year!

“The Price of Shame” by Monica Lewinsky
This is especially a poignant one to watch with teenagers to discuss the dangers of cyber bullying, harassment, and the serious consequences that can occur. Also, discussion can be had about reputation, forgiveness, second chances, and how long is appropriate to hold mistakes against someone. 

“I Grew Up in the Westboro Baptist Church, Here is Why I Left” by Megan Phelps
Growing up in the middle of one of the most controversial churches in America, Megan gives her story about what challenged her belief system and how she learned to connect with the people she once was taught to hate. Particularly good for couples where the individuals come from different backgrounds and may have a hard time finding similarities or connection.

“How To Have Better Political Conversations” by Robb Willer
In today’s hostile political world, it can be really difficult to connect with those who differ from us in political stances. Robb presents a way to reframe this. Honestly, I think this talk is beneficial to anybody who is aware of today’s climate and values having healthy discussions that don’t end in fights or hurt feelings.

“Fifty Shades of Gay” by Io Tillett Wright
While many are confused about labels, how to define themselves and others, Io Tillet presents a new way to look at gender and sexuality labels in the LGBTQA+ community. Understanding that there isn’t a “specific way” the community looks, but rather the community permeates all aspect of our world and is in many of the people around us. Helpful for new parents as they discuss how to raise a child or anybody who wants a new way to look at things in the world around us. 

“How The Worst Moments In Our Lives Make Us Who We Are” by Andrew Solomon
Andrew Solomon is one of my favorite writers and speakers. In this talk he discusses his conversations with people about how the obstacles they have had to overcome have shaped them into the strengths and positive aspects they hold today. Especially helpful for someone facing large difficulties or heavy depression and is struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

I hope you find these helpful! I would love to hear from you and what you are finding helpful to develop your mind this year!

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