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How to Be a Better Human

How to Be a Better Human

Join How to Be a Better Human as we take a look within and beyond ourselves.

How to Be a Better Human isn?t your average self improvement podcast. Each week join comedian Chris Duffy in conversation with guests and past speakers as they uncover sharp insights and give clear takeaways on how YOU can be a better human.

From your work to your home and your head to your heart, How to Be a Better Human looks in unexpected places for new ways to improve and show up for one another. Inspired by the popular series of the same name on TED?s Ideas blog, How to Be a Better Human will help you become a better person from the comfort of your own headphones.


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How to find connection ?and love? in everyday life (w/ Barbara Fredrickson)

Romantic love isn?t all it?s cracked up to be ? at least that?s one way positive psychologist Barbara Fredrickson puts it. Barbara?s decades of research suggest that emotions outside of our narrow definition of love are just as important to our well-being. In this episode, Barbara shares what to look for when we want to broaden our experience of positive emotions, and suggests ways to build the consistent connection and care at the heart of our best relationships. For the full text transcript, visit

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Re-release: Why love ?and therapy? means going in a direction you don?t yet know (w/ Dr. Orna Guralnik)

In her critically acclaimed Showtime docuseries, Couples Therapy, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Orna Guralnik thinks deeply about relationships, emotions, and connection. In this episode, Dr. Guralnik explains why she believes psychoanalysis helps us love better, dispels myths about the right time to go to therapy, and gives tips on how to unblock our relationship with the world around us. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to be good enough in America (w/ Wajahat Ali)

If there's one thing this show believes in, it's that finding joy and comedy in life is essential when being human gets tough. Wajahat Ali is a writer who knows this well. His charming and powerful stories bring to light the funny -- and difficult truth-- of life outside of the mainstream. Chris hears from Wajahat about his experiences as a brown Muslim in America and as a father whose young daughter had a complicated health diagnosis. Wajahat's heartwarming wisdom on the importance of letting go (and celebrating the good with the bad, even in the bleakest times) will have you reassessing everything -- from your worst self-destructive tendencies to what you value most.

For the full text transcript, visit

Wajahat's latest book, "Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American" is out now.

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How to discover your authentic self -- at any age (w/ Bevy Smith)

Wanting to ?find yourself? isn?t something that only happens in coming-of-age movies ? anyone, at any age, can wonder what it?d be like to have a different life. Bevy Smith knows this. A self-described late bloomer, Bevy shares what she?s learned from changing careers at the age of 38, and retells the story of how she completely uprooted her life to pursue her wildest dreams. Bevy also gives tips on how to stop second-guessing your desires ? and names the one quality everyone needs to be their happiest selves. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to make generosity contagious (w/ Chris Anderson)

If you?ve ever opened up social media in the hopes that it would cheer you up only for it to leave you upset, angry, or tired, you are not alone. So what if we could turn that special power the internet has to change our emotions ? and use it for good? The head of TED, Chris Anderson, joins Chris Duffy to talk about why he believes in what he calls infectious generosity. Join the two Chrises as they discuss how we can turn outrage back into optimism by tapping into one of the most fundamental human virtues. Chris Anderson?s book, Infectious Generosity, is out now. For the full text transcript, visit

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Why you should start thinking about death (w/ Alua Arthur)

There?s a saying about two things that are inevitable in this world, and Alua Arthur wants to help you think about one of them with less fear. No, she?s not a tax professional ? she?s a death doula, a person who supports dying people and their loved ones. A former lawyer, Alua shares what we can all learn when we purposefully think about the end of life, whether that is our own or someone else?s. From finding joy in our everyday lives to navigating the emotional, legal, and spiritual decisions that arise around, Alua?s wisdom will inspire you pursue to live, and ?go?, with grace. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to think critically about history -- and why it matters (w/ David Ikard) (Re-release)

Have you ever recalled a story only to have someone point out "that's not how it went"? Well, what happens when what we misrepresent are our historical narratives? David Ikard is a Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. In this episode, he talks about the societal and personal dangers of inaccurate history knowledge, and uncovers the real story of one of history?s most iconic figures. For the full text transcript, visit

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Re-release: How to lead a happier, more fulfilling life (with Dr. Robert Waldinger)

What makes YOU happy? Dr. Robert Waldinger is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, an 83-year-old project that tracks how life experience across decades affects health and wellbeing in middle age and beyond. Robert shares the surprising things he?s learned about what makes a meaningful life and what to do --or avoid-- in order to have a long, fulfilling existence.

To learn more about "How to Be a Better Human," host Chris Duffy, or find footnotes and additional resources, please visit:

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Re-release: How learning about indigenous foods can open up your worldview (with Sean Sherman)

What?s your favorite dish ? and what culture originated that recipe? Whether you?re thinking about grilled cheese, burritos, curry, pho? (we would go on but we are getting too hungry) trying something delicious opens you up to new experiences and conversations. Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, is a chef and food educator who focuses on revitalizing and reclaiming indigenous food systems in a modern culinary context. In today?s episode, he shares how increasing access to indigenous food practices can liberate more than just your taste buds. Sean, also known as The Sioux Chef, uses Native American recipes as well as farming, harvesting, wild food usage, salt and sugar making, food preservation, and land stewardship techniques to feed and educate communities in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. His vision of modern indigenous foods have garnered him many accolades, including the 2018 Bush Foundation Fellowship and the 2018 James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook, and a 2019 James Beard Leadership Award. You can follow Sean at To learn more about "How to Be a Better Human," host Chris Duffy, or find footnotes and additional resources, please visit:

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Lessons from 102-year-old swimmer Maurine Kornfeld

Maurine ?Mighty Mo'' Kornfeld will soon turn 102 years old, and most days, you can catch her doing laps in a Los Angeles public swimming pool. And that?s not just because she regularly competes in ? and wins ? world swimming championships! It?s because she loves being in the water, despite only picking up swimming as a hobby well into her sixties. In this special episode, Maurine shares what she?s learned from doing something she loves almost every day, why it?s never too late to start something new, and the three things anyone can do to improve their life, no matter their age. For the full text transcript, visit

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What do our guests do to be better humans?

This show is all about growth ? and it?s always inspiring to know that the amazing guests we bring on still see room in their own lives to become better humans. This season TED Audio Collective+ subscribers on Apple Podcasts received bonus content, where guests shared the ideas that inspire them and the issues they are passionate about working on. We picked our favorites as a thank you to all listeners ? but if you WANT to support this show, you can learn more about TED Audio Collective+ at

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The perks of listening to the sounds of the world (w/ Dallas Taylor)

Keyboard and mouse clicks, the song of an ice cream truck, a neighbor?s yapping dog ? what kind of noises soundtrack your life? Today?s guest, Dallas Taylor, is the host and creator of the Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast, a show about the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds. In this episode, he shares why sounds can tell deeper stories ? and how tuning IN to the noise of the world can help us tap into the wild depths of our imagination. For the full text transcript, visit

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How comedy helps us deal with hard truths (w/ Roy Wood Jr.)

There?s a saying that comedy is tragedy plus time. Perhaps that?s why some of our biggest problems feel easiest to manage with a dose of humor. Comedian, journalist, and actor Roy Wood Jr. has spent his career finding silly in the serious and using this tactic to influence real change. Listen in to learn how you can tap into the powers of humor in your own life. This episode was edited from a live conversation as part of TED?s Membership programming. TED Membership is the best way to support and engage with the big ideas you love from TED. To learn more visit

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How to solve your problems through drawing (w/ Liana Finck)

Liana Finck?s cartoons explore life?s big predicaments: what to make for dinner, how to leave a party without being rude, how to feel like more than a snack machine once you have a child. In today?s episode, Liana shares how drawing has become a practice for her to answer questions, solve problems, and why creating art helps humans understand ourselves better. Liana also discusses why she?s not bothered by impostor syndrome (okay maybe it helps that she regularly contributes to The New Yorker) and how she navigates the feelings of doubt we all experience with honesty and humor.

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Why you should try birding (w/ Christian Cooper)

If you ask Christian Cooper, a science writer, editor, and the host of the show ?Extraordinary Birder With Christian Cooper?, birding can teach us all kinds of lessons about life, self-acceptance, and joy. In this episode, Christian shares what he deems as the seven pleasures of birding, why inclusion is especially important in life-affirming pursuits, and how anyone (city-dwellers and countryside-residents alike) can commune with nature to unlock the awe and wonder of the world around us. For the full text transcript, visit

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How do I know what my future self wants? (w/ Shankar Vedantam)

How well would you say you know yourself? Do you feel like the same person you were 10 years ago? Today?s guest, Shankar Vedantam, loves these kinds of questions and what they reveal about what we believe about ourselves and how we actually behave. Shankar is a science writer and the creator and host of the podcast ?Hidden Brain?. In this episode, Shankar shares why he?s fascinated by the things we THINK we know, uncovers examples of what our brains hide from us, and shares how we can use that knowledge to live the lives we want to be living. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to build better relationships between kids, parents, and ourselves (w/ Dr. Becky Kennedy)

One of the most important things that humans do is learning how to relate ? to ourselves, one another, and, crucially, to our parents. Dr. Becky Kennedy, who was deemed the ?Millennial Parenting Whisperer? by Time Magazine, might understand this better than anyone. In this episode, Dr. Becky and Chris discuss how we can raise kids in ways that help them be confident and resilient. But don?t fret, non-parents, Dr. Becky also shares rich insights about how to find and develop the relationship-mending skills we need to thrive as adults. This jam-packed episode has a little something for everyone ? and if you want more from Dr. Becky you can listen to her talk on TED Talks Daily, or find her on her own podcast, Good Inside with Dr. Becky, wherever you are listening to this. For the full text transcript, visit

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What vision loss helped Andrew Leland gain

When he was a teenager, Andrew Leland was diagnosed with a condition that causes a gradual loss of vision. Over the years, Andrew?s literal view of the world has narrowed ? but the ways in which he can explore and embrace life have widened. In this episode, Andrew talks about what his transition into blindness has taught him about life and how to navigate change. He also shares enlightening and humorous insights into the culture of blindness and disability and reveals what we can learn about bringing joy and fun into our accessibility practices. Andrew is a writer, teacher, and audio producer. His first book, ?The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight? is out now. For the full text transcript, visit

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How labor unions create worker power (w/ Margaret Levi) (Re-release)

If the ongoing television writers' and actors' strikes -- and other labor organizing efforts happening across the world -- have been on your radar, this is the episode for you. It's also for you if you are a fan of weekends. Or social security. Or health insurance. Or if you're anti-child labor! Because all of these aforementioned workplace protections exist thanks to the advocacy of labor unions. In this episode, American political scientist Margaret Levi shares the long history of organizing labor, and explains how unions create equality and protect worker rights. Margaret also discusses her optimism about today?s young workforce and why she believes that an equitable future requires a revival of the labor movement.

This is an episode we released last year but it feels more relevant than ever as we celebrate Labor Day today in the United States. We hope you enjoy it!

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How changing your story can change your life (w/ Lori Gottlieb)

Lori Gottlieb believes we all have an inner narrator. In this episode, she explains why the story you tell yourself is key to your happiness (or lack thereof). She also discusses the stages of change, why relationships are a dance, and the steps to finding a good therapist that can help you edit the story of your life. Lori is a therapist, the bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, and a co-host on the Dear Therapists podcast. She was once also an executive at NBC, overseeing shows like the hit medical drama ER. It?s through these varied experiences that she?s realized the power of being aware of your personal narrative and being willing to edit your story.

For the full text transcript, visit

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Why your brain is an unreliable narrator (w/ Aparna Nancherla)

Impostor syndrome is one of many therapy-speak words that have gone mainstream in the past few years ? but what is it, really? Aparna Nancherla knows all about it. Aparna is a comedian and the author of Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, and Impostor Syndrome. Despite her success as a performer, she isn?t immune to self-doubt. In this episode, she talks about the ways she?s learned to deal with impostor syndrome: like creating a resume listing all her failures, or making up words at parties to gauge other people?s reactions. She also shares how she learned to put less stock in success and what to do when your mind isn?t telling you the truth. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to Love Criticism | WorkLife with Adam Grant

What if you could tell your co-workers what you really think of them? At one of the world?s most successful hedge funds, everyone is rated and ranked constantly ? in front of everyone. They?ve figured out how to embrace negative feedback, and they swear it?s essential to their success. Adam Grant shows how you can learn to take criticism well ? and get better at dishing it out.

This is an episode of WorkLife with Adam Grant, another podcast in the TED Audio Collective.

WorkLife's sixth season comes out September 19th.

To listen to more WorkLife with Adam Grant now find and follow WorkLife wherever you're listening to this.

Find the transcript for this episode at

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Episode 1: The Internet?s First Main Character? | The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks

The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks is a new show from the TED Audio Collective, hosted by Dylan Marron.

It?s 1999, and sixteen years after its original release, a new Star Wars is finally coming. Fans have been camping out in front of theaters across the country just to be the first to see it. The beloved intergalactic saga is set to debut a slew of brand new characters, one of whom is a revolutionary CGI creation named Jar Jar Binks. Whispers begin to spread about big changes coming to the galaxy far, far away ? and not everyone?s happy about it.

Listen to The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks wherever you get your podcasts.

Transcripts for The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks are available at

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How To Love Your Face (from Slate's How To!)

This is an episode from a podcast we think you'll love. It's called How To! and it's from Slate Podcasts.

Earlier this year, our listener, Rell, nearly failed a promotion. Not because she was unprepared or unqualified, but because she didn?t maintain enough eye contact with the interviewers. Rell?s eye hasn?t been fully receiving information since she was born, a condition that?s outwardly visible and known colloquially as a ?lazy eye.? It?s beginning to affect her self-confidence and is this ?ugly thing [she] can?t let go of.?

On this episode of How To!, host Carvell Wallace brings on Sarah Ruhl, an award-winning playwright and author who wrote about her experience with Bell?s palsy in her recent book, "Smile: The Story of a Face." Sarah has some wonderful advice for letting go of your inner rage, making interactions with strangers less painful, and even finding people who light up your mirror neurons.

If you liked this episode you can find more of Slate?s How To! podcast wherever you get your podcasts.

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Do we have something to learn from conspiracy theories? (w/ Peter McIndoe)

There was a time when Peter McIndoe might see you on the street and ask: have you ever seen a baby pigeon? If you said no, he?d probably grin and say, of course you haven?t, because birds are actually spy drones created by the US government ? and they emerge ?fully adult? from ?the factory.? Peter McIndoe peddled a crazy idea ? that all birds are drones created and monitored by the U.S. government. As ridiculous (and hilarious) as this sounds, Peter?s conspiracy theory that ?Birds Aren?t Real? gained a huge following. In this episode, Peter discusses why he?s used the framework of a conspiracy theory to explore the "us-versus-them" mentality that is so pervasive in us humans. He also shares what he witnessed as he took his performance across the globe, and why he finds it more important than ever that we talk to each other with empathy even in the most absurd situations. For the full text transcript, visit

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How can art hold space for your pain? (w/ Jessie Reyez)

Jessie Reyez isn't afraid to make you cry when you listen to her music. The R&B artist, who was born in Toronto to Colombian immigrants, has amassed more than a billion streams globally, performed at Coachella, and been nominated for a Grammy. In this episode, Jessie opens up about her songwriting process and the journey of turning heartbreak into music. Then Jessie shares tips on how we can all create space for our emotions through art, and discusses why staying present is essential to creativity. For the full text transcript, visit

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Why we should rethink what mental health means (w/ Sandy Allen)

It feels like talking about mental health, in our workplaces, homes and schools, is not as unusual ? or as risky ? as it may have been until very recently. But what do we really mean when we talk about de-stigmatizing mental health ? and what gets left out of the public conversation? Sandy Allen is a writer, mental health advocate, and the author of the book ?A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia?. In this episode, Sandy speaks about the experience of writing a memoir about his uncle who lived with schizophrenia and what the process showed him about the diversity of the human mind and experience. Sandy then shares how he thinks and rethinks what ?mental health? means, and imagines some of the ways we could begin to restructure society so everyone?s spirits and minds have access to equitable and dignified care. For the full text transcript, visit

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Fixable: ?How do I deal with a communication breakdown?"

This is an episode of Fixable, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective hosted by Anne Morriss and Frances Frei.

Kelli is a nurse at a leading teaching hospital where communication issues are not only leading to resentment ? they could also be affecting patient care. After hearing from Kelli about the larger problems at play in the healthcare space, Anne and Frances discuss the link between communication and transparency and guide Kelli into taking matters into her own hands. This is an episode of Fixable, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective hosted by CEO and author Anne Morriss and Harvard Business school professor Frances Frei. If you want to be on Fixable, call our hotline at 234-Fixable (that?s 234-349-2253) to leave Anne and Frances a voicemail with your workplace problem. To hear more episodes on how to fix your work problems, fast, follow Fixable wherever you're listening to this.

You can listen to Fixable wherever you're listening to this.

Transcripts for Fixable are available at

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How to travel without even leaving home (w/ Saleem Reshamwala)

Whether you?re going somewhere new and exciting for the summer or taking a well-earned staycation, there are endless ways to venture into our world and plug into wonder. Saleem Reshamwala is a filmmaker, journalist, podcaster ? and an expert world traveler. And even though he?s been to far and wide places, his hyperlocal and unique style of traveling will change the way you plan your next trip. If you want to keep traveling with Saleem after this episode, you can listen to Far Flung, Saleem?s travel podcast with the TED Audio Collective. You can listen to Far Fung wherever you are listening to this. For the full text transcript, visit

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Listen to Ten Percent Happier ft. Get Fit Sanely series

Do you want to live longer, exercise smarter & eat better? Ten Percent Happier has a series of podcast episodes to help you do just that, featuring experts in science and Buddhism. Listen here: Ten Percent Happier podcast is hosted by Dan Harris, a fidgety, skeptical journalist who had a panic attack on live national television, which led him to try something he otherwise never would have considered: meditation. On the Ten Percent Happier podcast, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity -- from Gabor Maté to Brené Brown to Karamo from Queer Eye. Listen as Dan ventures into the deep end of the pool, covering subjects such as enlightenment and psychedelics or science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships. You can listen to Ten Percent Happier wherever you're listening to this.

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What will you do with your one wild and precious planet? (w/ Bill McKibben)

Most of us get that climate change is a global problem we need to solve, fast. But that can feel incredibly overwhelming when most of us don?t even know where to start. Bill McKibben is an environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively about climate change and global warming. With a refreshing lightheartedness and frank outlook, Bill discusses the emotions, ideas and data that keep him moving forward in the battle against climate change and outlines ways you too can take action to save the planet you call home. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to embrace ? and challenge ? the idea of ?beauty? (w / Elise Hu)

Humans have always been captivated by beauty, and for almost as long, we?ve been marketed products and new technologies to help us achieve certain beauty standards. Elise Hu is a journalist and the author of ?Flawless: Lessons in looks and culture from the K-beauty industry.? In this episode, she shares the fascinating insights she?s learned from years of studying the $10 billion K-beauty industry and the cutting-edge skincare, niche makeup products, and technology that promise to optimize our appearance. Elise and Chris talk about the real stakes of placing a premium on our looks, why a more inclusive version of ?beauty? is worth pursuing, and how we can both enjoy and push back against the very human desire to feel beautiful. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to be an adult ? and how to raise one (w/ Julie Lythcott-Haims)

Whether it?s grades and test scores, cushy jobs or big salaries, our ideas of ?success? tend to be incredibly narrow and often start incredibly early. Julie Lythcott-Haims is a New York Times bestselling author and former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford, and she is dedicated to helping people reconsider what really makes a happy, ?successful? adult. Julie shares wisdom for parents and anyone who has been parented on why it?s crucial to question societal expectations, how to find your own path and why empathy towards yourself and others are the true key to loving who you?ll grow up to be. For the full text transcript, visit

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What we can learn from great salespeople (w/ Colin Coggins)

Selling products, ideas or even yourself is a task that can feel daunting, or maybe even a little uncouth for some people. But Colin Coggins, author and adjunct professor at USC?s Marshall School of Business, believes that anyone can learn the skills needed to sell anything ? and that you already have more ?sales? experience than you think. Colin shares why he believes that the best salespeople defy the expectations of what society thinks of as a successful salesperson, how self-awareness can help you achieve your goals and why learning the art of selling could teach you a lot about life in general. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to set boundaries and find peace (w/ Nedra Glover Tawwab)

Telling other people what you want ? or need ? can be a really difficult thing to do! Nedra Glover Tawwab is a therapist and New York Times bestselling author who helps people create healthy boundaries with themselves and others, both at work and in personal relationships. In this episode, she talks about why identifying your needs is so important, clarifies what healthy boundaries can look like and shares empowering tools so you can advocate for yourself ? and get the treatment you deserve. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to dive into your fears (w/ Jill Heinerth)

Jill Heinerth is a professional cave diver who faces threats big and small constantly ? from dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside Antarctic icebergs. Jill recounts her incredible experiences in maneuvering through challenging times and shares tips on how to face what scares you ? and dive into your own rich, rewarding adventures. For the full text transcript, visit

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How to stop finding your self-worth through your job (w/ Gloria Chan Packer)

For some of us it?s easy to lose ourselves in our work. But a lack of boundaries between your personal and work life is something mental wellness educator Gloria Chan Packer would warn you twice about. Gloria speaks about the perils of gaining your sense of self-worth from your job, discusses her experience with burnout and stress and shares empowering insights on how to shift our perspectives to create ? and maintain ? a healthy distance. For the full text transcript, visit

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The secret to making new friends as an adult (w/ Marisa G. Franco)

Making friends as an adult can feel like a baffling obstacle course. Why was it so much easier to connect as kids? To help you find well-rounded and fulfilling friendships, psychologist Marisa Franco discusses science-backed tips on how to make (and keep) friends, like the optimism-inducing "acceptance prophecy" and the shame-reducing "theory of chums." Learn more about the power of platonic love and how it can help you experience the full richness and complexity of who you are.
This conversation, hosted by TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, was part of an exclusive TED Membership event, and later published on TED Talks Daily, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective. You can find more episodes wherever you're listening to this or visit to become a TED Member.

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The difference between easy and difficult beauty (w/ Chloe Cooper Jones)

Chloe Cooper Jones knows how it feels to be complicit. The critically acclaimed author has moved through life with a rare disability that brings incredible physical pain and plenty of outward judgment. And she?s even guilty of judging herself. But now, she?s challenging our ideas of motherhood, disability and beauty in her memoir, Easy Beauty. In this episode, she talks about using art to step outside of your own mind, sitting with difficult experiences, embracing the messy contradictions of the human experience, and more!

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ALOK is microdosing creativity and rejecting norms

ALOK doesn?t quite get the term multihyphenate ? but how else to describe the internationally acclaimed author, poet, comedian, and public speaker? From exploring belonging and the human condition, to fighting to degender the fashion and beauty industries, ALOK is tapping into their creativity constantly. Today, they share their approach to the creative process, how art has helped them accept the beauty and pain of life, why poetry and comedy need each other and so much more! For the full text transcript, visit

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How to keep house while drowning (w/ KC Davis)

Let?s face it: if chores were fun, they probably wouldn?t be called that. Because for most people, life can be overwhelming ? and that means it doesn?t always look like a cleaning commercial where everyone is dancing their way to do laundry, take out trash, or smiling while washing the dishes. KC Davis is a therapist, author, podcaster, and TikToker who knows that caring for yourself can be a struggle. In this episode, she shares how radically rethinking ?care? tasks ?like not seeing a lack of cleanliness as shameful, or viewing messiness as a moral failure? can improve our quality of life. She also shares small strategies that could help us take better care of ourselves, because we deserve it. For the full text transcript, visit

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Fixable: Kelli - ?How do I deal with a communication breakdown?

Kelli is a nurse at a leading teaching hospital where communication issues are not only leading to resentment ? they could also be affecting patient care. After hearing from Kelli about the larger problems at play in the healthcare space, Anne and Frances discuss the link between communication and transparency and guide Kelli into taking matters into her own hands. This is an episode of Fixable, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective. If you want to be on Fixable, call our hotline at 234-Fixable (that?s 234-349-2253) to leave Anne and Frances a voicemail with your workplace problem. To hear more episodes on how to fix your work problems, fast, follow Fixable wherever you're listening to this.

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Stephen Satterfield wants his meals to match his ideals

Stephen Satterfield, the host of Netflix docu-series ?High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America,? thinks the bananas in the U.S. are gross. Sure, they?re convenient to produce and ship commercially, but they?re fibrous, bland and maybe worst of all inescapable! They?re also just one example of how what we eat is shaped by culture, politics, and history. In this episode, Stephen explains why he uses gastronomy as a way to understand the world and shares how we can use food to empower people who grow and consume what we eat. For the full text transcript, visit

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Julissa Arce on why success isn?t worth her assimilation

When do you feel like you've reached "success"? Julissa Arce is an acclaimed social justice advocate, the author of four books, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and was named a 2019 Woman of the Year by the City of Los Angeles. But if you ask her, she?s still redefining what success looks like, and if it matters. Julissa immigrated to the United States at 11, and was undocumented for almost 15 years. In her latest book, and in today?s episode, she rejects the idea that assimilation can create belonging and brings success ? and asks what we can do instead to reconnect and celebrate all that makes us unique. For the full text transcript, visit

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Why Kim Scott thinks you need to ask for feedback

You know what they say about unsolicited advice (don?t give it!) but when it comes to SOLICITED feedback, author and executive coach Kim Scott says: bring it on. Kim believes that when it comes to improving your life at home, work, and anywhere in between, it helps to ask for ? and provide ? kind, but radical, candor. In this episode, Kim shares what she?s learned about embracing candidness and care in the workplace, gives tips on how to engage in constructive conversations, and opens up about the benefits of addressing bias in communication. Her latest book, "Just Work:
How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-ass Culture of Inclusivity" is out now. For the full text transcript, visit

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Cord Jefferson's creativity is fueled by mental health

Television writer Cord Jefferson has written for the kind of shows that crack hearts open. From The Good Place to Watchmen, Station Eleven to Master of None, Cord has spent his career wrangling human emotions in the writers? room ? but also in his own life. In this episode, Cord speaks about the connection between his personal life and his creative work, how he thinks about vulnerability in making art and why he thanked his therapist in his acceptance speech for his first Emmy. For the full text transcript, visit

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Anne Helen Petersen on changing your relationship to work and the guardrails that can prevent burnout

What does "burnout" even mean anymore? If you're asking yourself this question, you've come to the right podcast. Anne Helen Petersen is the writer who helped popularize the term and she thinks people are missing the big picture. In this episode, Anne Helen and Chris discuss the structures that are leading so many people, from nurses to teachers to office workers, to suffer from chronic, work-related stress. Then, Anne Helen suggests some of the ways that we can rethink our relationship to work ? and offers practices that could protect us from laboring past our limits. For the full text transcript, visit

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Pardon the Interruption? But Did Sports Debate Shows Change the World?

From risky snowboard halfpipe runs, to 400m sprints where every second counts, to high-stakes archery tournaments, performing well in sports requires mental toughness as much as physical toughness. How do athletes get ?in the zone?? And what can we all learn about focus, flow, and mental resilience from athletes?

Good Sport is a podcast from the TED Audio Collective about the fascinating psychology behind athletic competition. Each week, host Jody Avirgan guides you through an array of stadiums, pitches, pools, and slopes?all the ways that sports can shed a light on the ups and downs of being human. Follow Good Sport wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Why love ?and therapy? means going in a direction you don?t yet know (w/ Dr. Orna Guralnik)

In her critically acclaimed Showtime docuseries, Couples Therapy, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Orna Guralnik thinks deeply about relationships, emotions, and connection. In this episode, Dr. Guralnik explains why she believes psychoanalysis helps us love better, dispels myths about the right time to go to therapy, and gives tips on how to unblock our relationship with the world around us. For the full text transcript, visit

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Jody Avirgan learned everything from sports

When it comes to sports, it might seem like there are two kinds of people. Those who are religious about their love for the game and those who only see Super Bowl Sunday as a vessel for an epic halftime concert ? if they think about it at all. Jody Avirgan argues this is a false binary. In Good Sport, his new show from the TED Audio Collective, Jody makes the case that sports are as good a lens as any to understand the world ? regardless of whether you are an athlete, a fan or a begrudging bystander. In this episode, Jody shares the lessons he?s learned from playing and reporting on sports at the highest levels, and makes a compelling case that sports can help us uncover the amazing emotions that make us better humans. You can listen to Good Sport wherever you are listening to this. For the full text transcript, visit

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