Please note that some of these TedTalks may cover topics or include stories that are difficult for some people to listen to.
On domestic violence:
LESLIE MORGAN STEINER: WHY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS DON'T LEAVE
"Speaking from the viewpoint of a woman who was madly in love with a man who regularly beat her and threatened to end her life, Leslie Morgan Steiner tells her dark tale with the goal of correcting the various misconceptions surrounding domestic violence and breaking the silence for abuse victims."
ROBERT WALDINGER: WHAT MAKES A GOOD LIFE? LESSONS FROM THE LONGEST STUDY ON HAPPINESS
"What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life."
SUSAN CAIN: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS
"In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated."
On being transgender:
LEE MOKOBE: A POWERFUL POEM ABOUT WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE TRANSGENDER
"'I was the mystery of an anatomy, a question asked but not answered,' says poet Lee Mokobe, a TED Fellow, in this gripping and poetic exploration of identity and transition. It's a thoughtful reflection on bodies, and the meanings poured into them."
On depression and anxiety:
JOHANN HARI: THIS COULD BE WHY YOU'RE DEPRESSED AND ANXIOUS
"In a moving talk, journalist Johann Hari shares fresh insights on the causes of depression and anxiety from experts around the world -- as well as some exciting emerging solutions. 'If you're depressed or anxious, you're not weak and you're not crazy -- you're a human being with unmet needs,' Hari says."
On childhood trauma:
NADINE BURKE HARRIS: HOW CHILDHOOD TRAUMA AFFECTS HEALTH ACROSS A LIFETIME
"Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on."
BRENE BROWN: THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY
"Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share."
On grief and loss:
NORA MCINERNY: WE DON'T "MOVE ON" FROM GRIEF. WE MOVE FORWARD WITH IT
"In a talk that's by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let's face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is gut-wrenching. Most powerfully, she encourages us to shift how we approach grief. 'A grieving person is going to laugh again and smile again,' she says. 'They're going to move forward. But that doesn't mean that they've moved on'."
JOHANN HARI: EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT ADDICTION IS WRONG
"What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem."
KEVIN BRIGGS: THE BRIDGE BETWEEN SUICIDE AND LIFE
"For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide."
On healthy vs. unhealthy relationships:
KATIE HOOD: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEALTHY AND UNHEALTHY LOVE
"In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship -- with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member -- and shares the things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness and joy. 'While love is an instinct and an emotion, the ability to love better is a skill we can all build and improve on over time,' she says."
On criminal justice reform:
ADAM FOSS: A PROSECUTOR'S VISION FOR A BETTER JUSTICE SYSTEM
"When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people's lives for the better instead of ruining them."
INGRID FETELL LEE: WHERE JOY HIDES AND HOW TO FIND IT
"Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this captivating talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find -- and create -- more of it in the world around us."
On racism and oppression:
BARATUNDE THURSTON: HOW TO DECONSTRUCT RACISM, ONE HEADLINE AT A TIME
"Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing -- while challenging us all to level up."
On pregnancy and motherhood:
ALEXANDRA SACKS: A NEW WAY TO THINK ABOUT THE TRANSITION TO MOTHERHOOD
"When a baby is born, so is a mother -- but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. In this quick, informative talk, reproductive psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks breaks down the emotional tug-of-war of becoming a new mother -- and shares a term that could help describe it: matrescence."
On millennials and change:
DANIELA ZAMUDIO: A MILLENNIAL'S UNEXPECTED SECRET TO SUCCESS
"Millennials are frequently stereotyped as entitled or lazy for moving from one job to the next. Millennial Daniela Zamudio believes quitting is sorely misjudged, and can be a sign of strength and ultimately a path to happiness. Over the last decade, she has discovered the secret to personal success and introduces the TED@Tommy audience to what she calls "conscious quitting." Zamudio shares how to weigh the pros and cons of our decisions when we listen to our heart (and ignore society's antiquated expectations) in order to achieve success."
RYAN MARTIN: WHY WE GET MAD — AND WHY IT'S HEALTHY
"Anger researcher Ryan Martin draws from a career studying what makes people mad to explain some of the cognitive processes behind anger -- and why a healthy dose of it can actually be useful. 'Your anger exists in you ... because it offered your ancestors, both human and nonhuman, an evolutionary advantage,' he says. '[It's] a powerful and healthy force in your life.'"
On online dating:
CHRISTINA WALLACE: HOW TO STOP SWIPING AND FIND YOUR PERSON ON DATING APPS "Let's face it, online dating can suck. So many potential people, so much time wasted -- is it even worth it? Podcaster and entrepreneur Christina Wallace thinks so, if you do it right. In a funny, practical talk, Wallace shares how she used her MBA skill set to invent a "zero date" approach and get off swipe-based apps -- and how you can, too."
On culture and identity:
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: THE DANGER OF A SINGLE STORY
"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding."
KELLY MCGONIGAL: HOW TO MAKE STRESS YOUR FRIEND
"Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others."
On mass incarceration and race:
BRYAN STEVENSON: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT AN INJUSTICE
"In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness."