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Is Happiness Truly Our End Goal?

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Most of us are running around looking to hold on to this thing called happiness, but these seem to be fleeting moments. Should we be focusing on something else instead? Listen to writer Emily Esfahani Smith’s eye opening insight in her TED Talk!

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13 minutes

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How to Catch the Winds of Luck

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What if you could have more luck without just wishing for it? Here’s a Stanford Professor, with decades of research, pointing to 3 simple ways to start increasing the odds of finding more “good luck” in your life!

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12 minutes

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Libraries on the Front Lines of Homelessness

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Public libraries are finding novel and wonderful new roles in our communities despite the evolving digital world. Here is one that has it all: it makes the best of elements that were in plain sight and the model can apply to all kinds of problem-solving.

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16 minutes

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How to Trade a Paperclip for a House

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Now here’s a TED Talk that is both fun and transformational! The best ideas are a win/win for everyone and this one certainly qualifies. After this, you’ll never look at your “stuff” in the same way.

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35 minutes

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Tumble Down a Rabbit Hole of Wonder with Tumble!

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Have you heard about Tumble, the science podcast for kids? Whether or not you have children, it’s a great way to get a little science into your day!

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9 minutes

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Turning Pollution into Paint: A Kickstarter Success Story!

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Here’s an update on a project we featured two years ago when it was still a primordial concept. Now it’s an inspirational story with all the elements of the best kind of progress!

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12 minutes

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Gratitude and Wonder with Louie Schwartzberg

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Photographer Louie Schwartzberg brings us all to a place of breath-taking beauty, wonder and hope with his TED Talk, remarkable images and the words of wise ones, young and old. This TED Talk leaves us with a sigh and a smile every time we revisit it.

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EWC is a Gift in Egypt

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“Waking up each morning in Cairo Egypt to read your uplifting and interesting messages has really been a gift…”

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9 minutes

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Unlikely Heroes: The Hidden Gems of 2016 on EWC!

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Once in a while it’s good to travel with a guide who really knows the hidden gems in any landscape, the extraordinary things that shouldn’t be missed. Today, let us be your guide to some remarkable hidden gems of possibility!

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23 minutes

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The Power of a Smile and a Compliment

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Is it possible to enhance another’s day with a simple smile or kind word? EWC thinks so!

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20 minutes

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Costa Rica: A Country (Almost) Free of Fossil Fuels

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In 2017, Costa Rica went 300 days without using fossil fuels to generate their electricity! How did they pull this off? Monica Araya, the co-founder of Costa Rica Limpia gives us a look into how a decision in the 1940s set them up for success.

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16 minutes

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Aging Gracefully Alongside Your Loved Ones

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What if love and laughter could replace some of the struggles we face as our loved ones age and their memories decline? Could we see them and ourselves in new ways? Here are some insights from caretakers who have found ways to bring their relationships to life with a little creativity.

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7 minutes

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The Gratitude Economy is Changing Business for the Better!

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It’s time to celebrate a leap in progress that most of us are a part of, and barely know it. Savvy consumers are rewarding companies that care about their impact and the most remarkable things are happening!

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The Unexpected Place You’ll Find Your Best Creative Impulses

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What’s the key to getting our best creative impulses to surface? Well, Tim Harford believes that it’s waiting for us in the “messes”; the very things that seem like obstacles in the heat of the moment. Here are some ideas on how our frustrations and the unexpected can be exactly what we need to create our best work. Take a look!

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8 minutes

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How Ripe Bananas Can Shift Perspectives: Wisdom from Oliver Sacks

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Here’s some wisdom from Oliver Sacks on how green bananas and an old H.G. Wells story helped him learn about valuing perspectives outside of the “norm”.

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17 minutes

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Discover the Man Who Sees Only with Sound! He’s Redefining What’s “Impossible”!

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Daniel Kish has no eyes yet he can see the world around him using sound, much like a dolphin or bat, and he’s teaching us all to redefine what seems impossible.

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15 minutes

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A More Creative Future with Smog Vacuums and Glowing Sidewalks

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What if every construction project needed to have both a practical outcome and a component past that; something that expands possibility? Here’s a guided tour of what that world might look like!

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17 minutes

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#DialogueCoffee: Why We Need More Difficult Conversations

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The world can feel pretty divided right now, but we have a fix for you. It’s a technique called #DialogueCoffee and it makes talking to someone with an opposing viewpoint on the world a little easier (and much much more rewarding). Here’s the story of how it came to be!

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13 minutes

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The Case For Making Useless Things

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How can we bring joy and humility back into the work we do? Why not have more fun! Simone Giertz is the queen of terrible robots, and she makes a great case for why we should embrace making “useless things”.

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10 minutes

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What Is an Algorithm? And Can We Use Them to Change the World in a Good Way?

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Algorithms are a lot less complicated than you may think! And, with a little understanding, here’s how we can start to reshape the way we use them to create a better future for everyone.

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19 minutes

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DARPA: Removing the Fear of Failure

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What would our lives look like if we could shake our fear of failure? What would you try tomorrow if failure wasn’t a bad thing? Enter: DARPA, a place we might find a new mindset! Take a look at the TED Talk by Regina Dugan and become a better you!

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9 minutes

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The Power of Giving People a “Lollipop Moment”

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Heard anything about “Lollipop Moments”? Here’s an amazing metaphor to remember how easy it is to fundamentally improve someone’s life with just a simple turn of a phrase!

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6 minutes

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“I Live My Life in (Ever) Widening Circles”

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Have you ever wondered where we got the phrase for our site, “Ever Widening Circles?” Dr. Lynda explains the inspiration and as a bonus reads the poem aloud in tonight’s grab bag feature.

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18 minutes

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An Old Legend Leads to Remarkable Discovery

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Andrés Ruzo grew up hearing legends of a boiling river in the Amazon. Years later, he went on a search for the source of the legend and uncovered a remarkable natural wonder. Here is his remarkable story from the TED stage!

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5 minutes

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It’s the Little Things That Lead to Big Changes

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Could we do more with less? Here are a few simple ways we can improve our impact on the environment, and find ourselves a little less cluttered, simply by noticing the little things!

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10 minutes

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David Bowie: The Mind of an Artist

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David Bowie changed the world of possibility for many. His creativity and life as an artist have become iconic and an irrevocable part of our culture. Here, in an interview from 1988, he gives us a glimpse into his creative genius.

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34 minutes

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Malala Yousafza: A Hero for Humankind

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Here’s a hero for the ages, teaching us “Fierce Compassion”. Turns out we don’t have to be a doormat. We can stand our ground fiercely, while still having empathy and compassion for those who seek to limit the world.

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15 minutes

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How Teaching Improv Skills to Scientists Will Change the Future

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What would the world look like for us all if we could understand each other better? Alan Alda may be best known for his skills as an actor in the hit series M*A*S*H* but for the past two decades, he has been educating scientists on how they can communicate their important work to all of us. His methods aren’t just for Ph.D.’s though, they are skills every one of us can use to become better communicators!

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14 minutes

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Leon Logothetis is Proving the Kindness of Strangers is Alive and Well!

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Is it possible to travel the country only relying on the kindness of strangers? The person we’re highlighting in this piece proves it is! Take a look at the impact this has on peoples lives and how we can all tap into the kindness all around us.

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