Daniel Kahneman: The Riddle of Experience Vs. Memory- There are dozens of gems in this talk but for me, the one with the most impact is the one about how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. I’ve listened to it several times and each time there were very specific ways in which it affected choices I made to be happier (successfully, I’m pleased to report!)
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple -- though hard -- way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.