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TED-Talks cure depression

Art by Lauren Acevedo

After fanatically watching almost all 3,500+ acquired TED-talks on the TED Youtube channel, I’ve come to the conclusion that TED-talks do in fact cure depression. By delving deep into your moral compass and all your existing flaws, they break you down and put you back together until you experience the euphoric glow up of your own soul. This out-of-body experience is too good to keep to myself, so I compiled a list of TED-talks that have personally-- truly-- cured my depression.

“What I learned from 100 days of rejection | Jia Jang”

"What I learned from 100 days of rejection" - Jia Jang (TED-Talk Youtube Channel)

After purposely seeking out rejection for 100 days — whether it be from asking for “burger refills” or borrowing $100 dollars from a stranger — Jia Jang recalls what he learned from the experience.

This is one of the best TED-talks that I’ve ever watched (and that’s big, considering that I definitely watched all 3,500+ of them [not lying]). What I learned from Jang is that rejection comes with many pains, and sadly, there’s no way around it; you can only persevere through it. Personally, I’d rather spare the rejection training (seriously, asking for a “burger refill”?! I’d be so embarrassed…), though Jang would say otherwise.

“How changing your story can change your life | Lori Gottlieb”

"How changing your story can change your life" - Lori Gottlieb (TED-Talk Youtube Channel)

Therapist Lori Gottlieb reflects on the importance of human narrative, and explains how changing your story can change your life: “We are all the unreliable narrators of our own lives.”

In being a self-obsessed dogmatist with always one side to any story, watching this made me completely rethink all of my life choices. As Gottlieb says: “Life is about choosing which stories to listen to, and which ones need an edit.” I can’t help but think, maybe the problem is me?! What story of mine needs an edit — perhaps a wider perspective?

“The Magic of Not Giving a F*** | Sarah Knight | TEDxCoconutGrove”

"The Magic of Not Giving a F***" - Sarah Knight (TED-Talk Youtube Channel)

In this not-so-profane TED-Talk by Sarah Knight, we explore the power of our “f***s” and the life changing influence of simply not giving any. This consists of having a f**k budget, doing some mental decluttering, and using the “not sorry” method.

Besides the slight bit of profanity, this TED-Talk is absolutely brilliant. Who would’ve thought simply not giving a freak (in school-friendly terms) could have such a big impact on your life? Goodbye to people-pleasing, hello to not-sorry, no-f**ks-given (but in a nice way)! You should watch this one if you want to do the same.

“The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown”

“The power of vulnerability" - Brené Brown (TED-Talk Youtube Channel)

To understand the power of vulnerability, researcher storyteller Brené Brown breaks down her six year research project on expanding perception and understanding why vulnerability is so deeply important, coming to a contradicting conclusion.

“I know that vulnerability is kind of the core of shame, of fear, and of a struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it is also the birthplace of joy, of creative belonging, of love...”

This TED-talk is nothing but an absolute wrecker. In watching it, I was faced with a hard truth: vulnerability is a necessity of life. I guess I need to start embracing my imperfections from now on … how fun. Definitely check this one out if you lack confidence and self-love (don’t we all)!