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The Key To Happiness – 5 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Happy

Just over a year ago I was asked to stand on the TEDx Stanley Park stage in front of 3000 people and give “the talk of my life” that was to “Inspire Brave Actions” to people around the world. No pressure!

What happened next has humbled and inspired us at 365give to help people connect to their happy. Our talk is titled “How To Be Happy Everyday: It Will Change the World.” I shared the story of how 365give started and all we have learned along the way. One of the key messages we shared were the physical and emotional benefits of giving. The how and why giving makes you happy every day.

Our hope was to touch just one person to give and discover how happy giving could make you feel.

This past week we celebrated over 2 million views and we are humbled every day to hear from people from around the world that have been inspired by our talk and inspired to put happiness into action with a daily habit of giving.

Along the way I watched hundreds of TED and TEDx Talks for inspiration and guidance. I was so inspired by so many speakers that are educating and inspiring people to find their happy. What I discovered while watching many of these talks was a similar message again and again. Giving, compassion, gratitude, empathy, and kindness will increase how happy you are in your life.

There are hundreds of TED / TEDx Talks that will inspire you to be happy. These are just a few of my favourites that inspired me on my TED journey and we hope they will inspire you.

5 TED and TEDx Talks That Will Inspire You to Happy

1) The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Anchor

2) The Golden Rule – It’s Good to be Good: Stephen Post

3) Bring “Nice” Back – The Power of Kindness – Brooklyn Decker

4) Gratitude – Louie Swartzberg

5) How to Let Altruism Be Your Guide: Voted Happiest Man on the Planet-Matthieu Ricard

Science and research proves that giving makes you happy. Watch our animated video that explains The Helper’s High. (

We also know that happiness is different for everyone. You need to try giving and see the results for yourself. Join our community and be inspired every day – 1 give, 1 day at a time.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)