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December 17, 2015

Top TED Talks to Listen to Over Winter Break

Time to put away your thinking cap until the New Year, right? Not so fast! If you want to head into 2016 with a re-charged brain – and more importantly, a renewed spirit – consider listening to some truly inspiring TED Talks over your winter break.

Rick Warren: A Life of Purpose

Pastor Rick Warren reflects on his personal crisis of purpose following the wild success of his book, The Purpose Driven Life. This influential voice on the values of faith and global issues discusses his belief that God’s intention is for each one of use our talents and influence to do good. (Total running time= 21:02)

Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days

Watch this briskly paced TED Talk at the beginning of winter break, because to implement Cutts’ ideas you’re going to need – well, 30 days. The Google engineer explains why a month is the perfect unit of time to pick up a good habit (study skills, anyone?) – or even to kick a bad one. (Total running time = 3:27)

Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key to Success? Grit

Duckworth’s six-minute talk represents another breezy option for easing into the TED experience. Duckworth, a psychologist, shares the quality students need even more than “book smarts” in order to thrive. From her work with middle school math students, National Spelling Bee contestants and even West Point cadets, Duckworth developed her compelling theory that “grit” makes the difference between dropping out or succeeding, especially in an academic setting. Learn what “grit” is, how it propels success – and most importantly, how to “get grittier.” (Total running time = 6:12)

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to Disagree

Heffernan, a former CEO and bestselling author, delivers the powerful message that “the best partners aren’t echo chambers.” While team-building remains crucial in both the classroom and the workplace, Heffernan uses thought-provoking examples to demonstrate why everyone, from scientists to captains of industry, must learn how to constructively challenge others when necessary. In this way, not only will your own voice shine through, but you’ll have engaged in truly meaningful dialogue along the way. (Total running time = 12:56)

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Like “Dare to Disagree,” this TED Talk challenges the notion that all good work must happen as part of rote team work. “Solitude is often a crucial ingredient to creativity,” notes Cain, especially for those who are natural introverts. The best-selling author also shares three “calls for action” designed to make the world a little friendlier for those who work better alone than in groups. (Total running time = 19:04)

Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend

“Can changing how you think about stress make you healthier?” psychologist Kelly McGonigal asks. “The science says yes.” In this provocative talk, McGonigal challenges the conventional wisdom that stress is to be avoid at all costs. Instead, use your own physical and emotional stress responses as secret weapons when coping with such challenges as juggling classes, jobs and family. The key, she says, is turning to others to ask for, and to offer, support. (Total running time = 14:28)

Peter Norvig: The 100,000-Student Classroom

The lessons a shocked professor learned when his online class became a global event – attended by 160,000 students – will make you prize your own virtual learning experiences even more. From “flipping the classroom” to supporting a fellow student on the other side of the world, find out why Norvig considers cyber-students part of “the real revolution.” (Total running time = 6:11)