10 inspiring TED talks about gratitude

10 inspiring TED talks about gratitude

What better way to learn about the power of gratitude than directly from specialists in the field? Watch the TED talks below for 10 videos on how gratefulness can impact your life


Did know that gratitude is one of the psychological traits with highest impact on our wellbeing? Since it is so important, it only makes sense to learn more about it and practice as much gratitude as possible, right?

In the TED talk videos below, watch 10 gratitude specialists share their experiences on the subject.  We promise each one of them will be a unique source of inspiration!

Still want to learn more? Have a look at our complete guide to gratitude, which includes tips on how to start a gratitude journal, or get inspired by these beautiful gratitude quotes.


* Note: All video descriptions below are citations from the originals and were not written by Zen-living.org.

Louie Schwartzberg – Nature. Beauty. Gratitude

“Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.”

David Steindl-Rast – Want to be happy? Be grateful

“The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.”

Tania Luna – How a penny made me feel like a millionaire

“As a young child, Tania Luna left her home in post-Chernobyl Ukraine to take asylum in the US. And one day, on the floor of the New York homeless shelter where she and her family lived, she found a penny. She has never again felt so rich. A meditation on the bittersweet joys of childhood — and how to hold them in mind.”

Laura Trice – Remember to say Thank you

“In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words “thank you” — to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.”

Martin Seligman – The new era of positive psychology

“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?”

Candy Chang – Before I die I want to…

“In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors’ answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What’s your answer?)”

Andrew Solomon – How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

“Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.”

Justin Kramer – The power of Appreciation

“In the high powered, quick paced world we live in it can be hard to stop and appreciate those around us. Justin Kramer seeks to help us understand how important it is we gain the ability to be appreciative in our lives.”

Hailey Bartholomew – 365 grateful project

“This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Hailey Bartholomew found the secret to happiness. After struggling to enjoy and appreciate all of the great things in her life she set our on a year long photography project to find gratitude everyday. In this funny and moving talk see what lessons we can all learn from her experience.”

Mike Robbins – The power of appreciation

“In this heartwarming, humorous, and thought-provoking talk at TEDxBellevue, Mike talks about “The Power of Appreciation.” As Mike discusses, there is an important distinction between “recognition” and “appreciation.” Leaders, teams, organizations, and individuals who understand this distinction can have much more impact, meaning, and productivity in their lives and with the people around them. He also discusses some important research in the field of positive psychology that exemplifies the importance of appreciation.”

Let us know what you think about the videos! Which one is your favorite? Why?

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