The holiday season is upon us and that much needed break from work is so close you can almost hear the music, smell the smells and feel the warmth from friends and family near by! To help you unwind and recharge over the holidays, check out these inspiring and thought provoking TED Talks! Learn the power of positivity, the importance of a conversation, why its time to get gritty, how gratefulness leads to happiness and that vulnerability is okay.

The Happy Secret To Better Work by Shawn Achor (12:13 min)

Filmed May 2011 at TEDxBloomington

“If you can raise somebody’s level of positivity in the present,then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise. In fact, we’ve found that every single business outcome improves. Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral or stressed. You’re 37% better at sales. Doctors are 19 percent faster, more accurate at coming up with the correct diagnosis when positive instead of negative, neutral or stressed.”

10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation by Celeste Headlee (11:44 min)

Filmed May 2015 at TEDxCreativeCoast

“And I kind of grew up assuming everyone has some hidden, amazing thing about them. And honestly, I think it’s what makes me a better host. I keep my mouth shut as often as I possibly can, I keep my mind open, and I’m always prepared to be amazed, and I’m never disappointed. You do the same thing. Go out, talk to people, listen to people, and, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”

Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance by Angela Lee Duckworth (6:09 min)

Filmed May 2013 at TED Talks Education


“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Want To Be Happy? Be Grateful by Brother David Steindl-Rast (14:26 min)

Filmed June 2013 at TEDGlobal

“And we all know people who have lots of misfortune, misfortune that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy. They radiate happiness. You are surprised. Why? Because they are grateful. So it is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy. If you think it’s happiness that makes you grateful, think again. It’s gratefulness that makes you happy.”

The Power Of Vulnerability by Brené Brown (20:12 min)

Filmed June 2010 at TEDxHouston


“This is what I have found: To let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen … to love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee – and that’s really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that’s excruciatingly difficult – to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we’re wondering, “Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?” just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, “I’m just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.” and the last, which I think is probably the most important, is to believe that we’re enough.”

The holidays are a great time to slow down, unwind and recharge your battery. During your downtime this year, check out these inspiring and thought provoking TED Talks!


Caitlin’s education and background is in Graphic Design. She connected with Creative Circle in 2010 as a candidate. After a couple of years freelancing through Creative Circle and with her own clients, she accepted a full-time job as a Creative Circle Recruiter. Caitlin currently works part-time for the company to help improve the overall candidate experience. Outside of work, Caitlin can be found chasing her toddler around, spending time with family, horseback riding, working on her fixer-upper home and enjoying the outdoors.