Farewell For Now…

With the semester coming to a close, The PULSE! administrators would like to give a special thank you to our dedicated readers and loyal contributors. We wish everyone a relaxing and adventure-filled summer, and look forward to picking up posting again in the fall semester.

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TED Talks That Put Things In Perspective

Take a breather amidst the stress of finals- a ‘study break’ if you will- and check out some both motivational, inspiring and thought provoking talks about life and the pursuit of happiness.

 

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

 

Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

 

When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.

 

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.

TED Talk by Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

By Lauren Baker, PULSE

“When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.”