I can't even explain how honoured I was to be asked to share my thoughts on a TED stage this year. Granted it wasn't a proper stage, because you know, Coronavirus ruins everything! But still, doing a TED talk of any kind has been a life goal of mine since I started watching them 10 years ago!
This is the description of my talk on the offical TED website - "How much do you really know about happiness? In this passionate and uplifting talk, Astra digs into why achieving the big things in life don’t necessarily make us happy. Astra believes that by understanding more about where happiness comes from, we will be able to make better decisions around our mental health, leading to more happiness today and a whole host of other advantages."
It took me a few days to write the first draft and I was pretty happy with it. A couple of weeks later, about a month before the live recording, I re-read it and threw the whole thing in the bin!
The more I thought about this amazing opportunity the more I realised that this talk can't be about me. It has to be about my 'idea worth spreading' if I'm going to do it justice. I hope you enjoy it!
Over the last few years, I've seen more and more people accept and embrace the idea that little things are important and that they can have a big impact on our happiness. What I hadn't seen, at all, is people accepting and embracing the fact that big things don't make a big impact on our happiness. If you're thinking 'aren't they the same thing' the answer is no. We can understand that a 2 minute a day gratitude practice can be lifechanging and still think that we will be way happier once we get to the next stage of business, or move house...
In my talk I wanted to highlight the danger of putting off your happiness while also sharing simple, interesting information about where happiness really comes from and how we can experience more of it, now.
I hope you found my TEDx talk interesting and it inspired you to stop kicking happiness down the road! Please share it far and wide so we can all break the habit and bring more happy moments into our everyday lives!
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