How you feel about yourself says a lot about you as a person. Would you consider yourself beautiful? Do you think you’re the one who should get that promotion? Do you think your idea is the smartest one in the room? Self-esteem and feeling confident about yourself and your abilities doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a learned behavior and the reason behind Barbie’s new look and why you should always tell your niece she’s pretty and she’s smart.
If you need a boost of self-inspiration, start your day with one of these TED Talks to boost your happiness, energy, and self-esteem. These sessions last between 10 minutes to an hour long and are perfect to have on in the background as you’re commuting or getting ready for the day.
"The Happy Secret to Better Work"
When you’re stuck in a work rut and feel like all you do is eat, sleep, work, and repeat, take back your life and look at it with a new lens. Shawn Anchor, CEO of Good Think Inc., teaches happiness first, work second. Make this your new mantra.
"Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad for You"
If you’ve seen the Dove Real Beauty campaign, you’ve already heard some inspiring words from Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project. Learn more about the benefits of a positive self-image and bookmark this one.
"How to Practice Emotional First Aid"
You’ve got a first-aid kit in your car and somewhere in your bathroom, but emotional issues aren’t quite as simple. Until now. Psychologist Guy Winch teaches how to deal with loss, guilt, and emotional pain with a first-aid kit for your psychological health.
"Nature. Beauty. Gratitude."
Leave it up to a filmmaker to teach you more about the beauty in your own life. Louie Schwartzberg’s film talks about the beauty in everyday life, the peace that comes with it, and shows it all with breathtaking photography from an empowering perspective. When you’re looking for meaning in the big picture, this is one to watch.
"Your Elusive Creative Genius"
Do you ever wake up thinking you’re a genius? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, thinks you should and talks about how everyone can tap into their own creative genius in this talk. When you’re worried about not feeling adequate in your high-pressure job or school environment, you need to listen to this one.
"The Power of Believing You Can Improve"
Sometimes you feel like your life is standing still and change seems out of the question. In these moments, it’s important to remember that you have the power to change everything. Your past choices don’t define how you move forward. Researcher Carol Dweck speaks to the “growth mind-set” in this talk. Don’t be stagnant.
"The Surprising Science of Happiness"
We all have that friend who annoyingly looks at everything with the glass half-full. Do they have something you don’t? Wouldn’t it be nice to always be happy? Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that happiness happens only when things go as planned. Here’s to finding happiness even when they don’t.
"Cruzing Through Adversity"
Orange Is the New Black star Jackie Cruz shares how overcoming adversity — in both big and small ways — made her believe in her dreams more than ever. If you have a dream or goal you'd like to accomplish but feel stuck on how, this talk will inspire you to go that extra mile and fight as hard as possible to make it a reality.