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Maybe the reason that money doesn’t make us happy is that we’re always spending it on the wrong things, and in particular, that we’re always spending it on ourselves.
If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right. The implication is not, you should buy this product instead of that product and that’s the way to make yourself happier. It is, in fact, that you should stop thinking about which product to buy for yourself and try giving some of it to other people instead.
Think less about, ‘How can I spend money on myself?’ and more about, ‘If I’ve got five dollars or 15 dollars, what can I do to benefit other people?’ Because ultimately, when you do that, you’ll find that you’ll benefit yourself much more.
On this Cyber Monday, we don’t have any promo codes or delivery drones, but what we do have is pretty awesome: the super smart Harvard Business professor Michael Norton talking about how to buy happiness.
In his talk, Michael shares years of research on how money affects our happiness, revealing that buying that present for your mom might be healthier than you think.
Our TEDxYouthDay reporters share the change they want to spark in the world
This weekend, nearly 100 TEDx events around the world will participate in TEDxYouthDay, our tribute to youth-driven ideas and inspiration. Many of these events will be streamed online….for FREE! Watch along with us and follow the hashtag #TEDxYouth on Twitter and Instagram.
To get ready for TEDxYouthDay, we asked our youth reporters to share the change they wish the spark in the world. Their answers totally blew us away. Below, a few of our reporters’ big ideas for a better world:
My dream is for girls all over the world to be valued in their communities, educated, and given the opportunity to be leaders who have the power to shape their world. Katy Ma, 17, United States
"My big dream is to see more people think outside the box." Farokh Shahabi Nezhad, 22, Iran
"My big dream is for the youth of Africa to realise their potential — to see that no one is in a better place to solve the challenges which plague the continent." Tumelo Motaung, 25, South Africa
"My dream is that one day every child will have access to food, shelter and education." Bassant Okab, 17, Qatar
"My big dream for the world is better cultural understanding and tolerance." Tea Salazar, 15, United States
"I want people to have a deeper awareness of respect, understanding, and appreciation for those who have experienced the world in different ways than their own." Francesca Manto, 19, United States
We are all born artists. If you have kids, you know what I mean. Almost everything kids do is art. They draw with crayons on the wall; they dance; they inflict their singing on everyone.
Art is about going a little nuts and justifying the next sentence, which is not much different from what a kid does. Kids do art. They don’t do it because someone told them to. They aren’t told by their boss or anyone, they just do it.
Unfortunately, at some point our art — such a joyful pastime — ends. Kids have to go to lessons, to school, do homework and of course they take piano or ballet lessons, but they aren’t fun anymore. You’re told to do it and there’s competition. How can it be fun?
Besides, if you continue to act like an artist as you get older, you’ll increasingly feel pressure — people will question your actions and ask you to act properly.
What should we do then? We need to start our own art. Right this minute, we can turn off TV, log off the Internet, get up and start to do something. Let’s be artists, right now. How? Just do it!
Sure, you can watch TEDYouth in your pajamas, but wouldn't it be cooler to watch with friends?
We won’t judge you if you wear sweatpants.
TEDYouth is an amazing one-day conference for young people where some of the world’s most fascinating scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more!) share short lessons on what they do best. It’s the school seminar / life advice session / super-smart party we always wished we would have had as kids, and it’s this Saturday!
Only at TEDYouth would NASA Mohawk guy, an International Grandmaster of Chess, Jay-Z’s producer, and the creator of Google Glass hang out trading stories and answering questions — which is just what happened last year.
This year, TEDYouth is livestreaming free! In English, Arabic, and Spanish! Speakers include an elephant expert, the head of research at Pixar, a professional storm chaser, a 16-year-old DJ, and our favorite guerrilla gardener Ron Finley.
TEDYouth 2013 is gonna be great. And we hope you’ll watch it live with us. Because watching a TED Conference live is pretty amazing.
Happy birthday, Camus! Or, life is meaningless and birthdays don’t even matter.
Today would have been Albert Camus’s 100th birthday, and we want to celebrate, but we’re in a bit of a quandary — there’s something profoundly ironic about celebrating the birthday of one of the world’s most famous existentialists.
You see, Camus didn’t think there was much to celebrate. He spent his life torturing himself with one central question: Once we know that life lacks meaning, is it better to live or to die? (He was a super cheery guy.) Like others in the Existentialist tradition, Camus called out the absurdity of our lives—the activities we perform, the relationships we forge, the beliefs we hold. None of these things have any real meaning, says Camus. And if they lack meaning, can they have any value?
“The characters of a book are not afraid of reaching the last page. Long John Silver is not afraid of you finishing your copy of Treasure Island. And so it should be with us. Imagine the book of your life. Its covers—its beginning and end—are your birth and your death. You can only know the moments in between, the moments which make up your life. It makes no sense for you to fear what is outside those covers, whether before your birth or after your death. And you needn’t worry how long the book is, or whether it’s a comic strip, or an epic. The only thing that matters is that you make it a good story.”
So, here’s to Camus, and the many good stories he made:
Usually, when people talk about early childhood programs, they talk about all the wonderful benefits for participants: better K-12 test skills, better adult earnings. And that’s all very important — but what I want to talk about is what preschool does for state economies.
If you invest in high-quality preschool, it develops the skills of your local workforce and, in turn, that higher-quality local workforce will be a key driver of creating jobs and creating higher earnings per capita in the local community.
If you look at the research on how much early childhood programs affect the educational attainment, wages, and skills of former participants in preschool as adults … and you take research on how much skills drive job creation, you will conclude that for every dollar invested in early childhood programs, the per capita earnings of state residents go up by $2.78. That’s a 3 to 1 return.
Now, you can get much higher returns — of up to 16 to 1 — if you include anti-crime benefits, if you include benefits to former preschool participants that moved to some other state, but there’s a good reason for focusing on these 3 dollars because this is salient and important to state legislators and state policymakers. And it’s the states who are going to have to act.
Now, one objection you often hear is, ‘Why should I pay more taxes to invest in other people’s children? What’s in it for me?’ And the trouble with that objection is it reflects a total misunderstanding of how much local economies involve everyone being interdependent. When we invest in other people’s children, and build up those skills, we increase the overall job growth of a metro area.
Ultimately, this is something we’re investing in now for the future. Are we willing, as Americans, or are we as a society still capable of making the political choice to sacrifice now by paying more taxes in order to improve the long-term future of not only our kids, but our community? That’s something that each and every citizen and voter needs to ask themselves. Is that something that you are still invested in, that you still believe in the notion of investment? That is the notion of investment. You sacrifice now for a return later.
Dad makes son 3D-printed hand! 3 TEDx talks to celebrate the awesomeness that is 3D printing
Today in super cool tech news: Dad makes son prosthetic hand with 3D printer, all the kids at the lunch table get jealous
12-year-old Leon McCarthy was born without fingers on his left hand. Without a prosthetic, Leon learned to rely on his dependable five fingers. That is until his dad, Paul, made him an amazing, colorful, custom-made prosthetic hand with a 3D printer, and Leon got to try out using ten.
Paul found instructions for printing the prosthetic hand online thanks to prosthetics-designer Ivan Owen, who wanted to create an open-source , DIY option for people who might not be able to get their hands on a typical $20,000-$30,000 prosthetic. Paul made Leon’s hand with only $10 in parts.
In an interview with CBS News, Leon said the prosthetic made an impact in his life not only because it allowed him to draw and hold his backpack and drink out of a bottle using his left hand, but it also made him "special instead of different" — a self-described 12-year-old cyborg.
We can’t get over this story, and to celebrate all the amazing innovators, inventors, and cool dads setting off on adventures in 3D printing, 3 TEDx Talks on the wonders of 3D printing:
**Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs Another prosthetics designer, Scott Summit, began to take issue with his work when he noticed that a lot of his patients had to hack their own artificial limbs — with socks, bubble wrap, even duct tape — just to feel comfortable. In this talk from TEDxCambridge, he describes how he turned to 3D printing to create limbs that not only match a person’s body, but their personality as well.
**Klaus Stadlmann: The world’s smallest 3D printer Klaus Stadlmann built the microprinter, the smallest 3D printer in the world. In this talk from TEDxVienna, he demos this tiny machine that could someday make customized hearing aids — or sculptures smaller than a human hair.
**David F. Flanders: Why I have a 3D printer David F. Flanders is a 3D printing guru and the host of PIF3D, a collective dedicated to hosting “build parties,” during which 3D printing experts help curious outsiders build personal 3D printers. In this talk from TEDxHamburg, he discusses the development of the technology and the implications of its mass use, including 3D printers’ role in recovery relief, architecture, and the office supply closet.
Poverty isn’t one simple, easy-to-identify problem. It’s a catch-all term for droves of problems that stem from many sources. It’s daunting to think about solving such a sprawling issue, but there’s power in that too. Change needs to happen at so many levels that everyone from local communities to big governments can make a tangible difference.
Below, TEDx Talks with creative ideas about how to make a dent in poverty at three different levels — local, national, and global:
**Become the leaders of your own community: Boniface Mwangi at TEDxKibera Boniface Mwangi calls on his community to demand representation and take charge of it’s own future. Kibera, the urban slum around Nairobi, is the largest in Africa. Despite the creativity of local innovators and entrepreneurs, infrastructure remains unsound and human rights abuses are widespread. At TEDxKibera, Boniface calls on his neighbors to demand justice and take action before outside sources forge their future for them.
**For money, insert human rights: Susan Randolph at TEDxUConn What’s more important for a government hoping to improve the lives of its citizens: growing its economy or strengthening its social safety net? According to Susan Randolph, one might not work without the other. She measures a country’s human rights achievements, relative to its GDP per capita. She’s found that a country’s economic growth is unstable when it’s not coupled with policies that secure citizens access to the food, health, education, housing, work, and social security that’s within the country’s means. Reducing poverty is hardly just about money; it’s about guaranteeing citizens reasonable levels of dignity and stability, too.
**In defense of foreign aid: Joe Cerrell at TEDxASL Wealthy countries like the US and UK have impressive aid programs, but many of their citizens view these as a colossal waste of money that ought to be spent solving the problems at home. What that argument usually misses, however, is that foreign aid makes up a near infinitesimal portion of most national budgets and that even those modest investments make a tremendous impact. Concerns about implementation notwithstanding, Cerrell makes the case that the spending is well worth the cost.