5 Best TED Talks about Working Smarter and Happier

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

Whether you are feeling uninspired and unmotivated at work or not, this talk by Dan Ariely offers an interesting insight into finding meaning from the work you do.

Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

Want to shoot two birds (or more) with one stone? Consider taking a “walking meeting” as what Nilofer Merchant talks about in this video. Get the benefits of the exercise you get from walking while unleashing your creative juices as you discuss ideas outdoors.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

If you think you have to work hard to be happy, think again! In this TED Talk, psychologist Shawn Achor shares how it may actually be being happy to begin with that makes us more productive.

Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

Designer Stefan Sagmeister takes a one-year sabbatical every seven years. Here he talks about the importance of taking time off from work and how it could improve the way you work in more ways you can imagine.

Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify

Work and the environment in which people do it can be complex and overwhelming. But how does one stay engaged and happy given the challenges involved? Yves Morieux shares some interesting insights on the concept of smart simplicity and the rules on how to achieve it.