HOW TO USE THIS LIST:

  • Below are the fifth 10 insightful ways to be happy.
  • Next week you will receive the final 10.
  • Watch one video or read one article or two each day.
  • If you are too busy to do this every day you are probably not happy (enough)!
  • Save them as bookmarks to read later or look them up on my blog.
  • Enjoy.

41. Sarah Kay – If I should have a daughter.

“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B … ” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of “B” and “Hiroshima.” A performing poet since she was 14 years old, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., teaching poetry and self-expression at schools across the United States.

44. The importance of creativity.

Creativity is the essence of how we do things. We all have it. We all should practice it more. Here are some videos to inspire you.

45. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

I have always been a proponent for WHY being more important than HOW or WHAT. Because asking WHY is what leads to creativity. Your WHY is unique to you.

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers … In 2009, Simon Sinek released the book “Start With Why” — a synopsis of the theory he has begun using to teach others how to become effective leaders and inspire change.

45. Seth Godin on ‘YOUR ART’

In 2010, I went to see Seth Godin talk in Antwerp, Belgium. In his Ted talk Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so. Here is another of his Ted Talks on ‘not being boring‘.
46. Create your project, even if it is crazy.
In 2010 I got involved in a car dancing project. ?… I knooow! Don’t ask. It was so much fun. It combined creativity and laughter and lots of nice people. Three ingredients to a happier life. So in line with what Seth just said in 45, go create your art!

47. Live your dreams right now!
Like Nick in 38, this video will urge you to go live your dreams, no excuses!

48. The 90 second rule and the Nirvana of the right side of your brain.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained brain scientist who suffered a stroke in 1996–at the age of 37–in the left hemisphere of her brain. She spoke of her experience at the 2008 TED Conference and wrote a memoir titled “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey”. Read about her amazing discoverieshere.

49. Philosophy – a guide to happiness.
According to Epicurus we only needs three things to be happy: Friends, Freedom and An Analysed Life.
This video is part of a six part series on philosophy presented by popular British philosopher Alain de Botton, featuring six thinkers who have influenced history, and their ideas about the pursuit of the happy life. You will find all 6 here.

50. The years are short.
This thought-provoking short slideshow (1 minute) about what you can learn from children and what it means to live in the now. It’s all about being happy about the small things, being happy now.