You Don’t Have To Ask How To Be Happy: You’re Hardwired For It

This talk by Srikumar Rao on how to be happy, has impacted millions around the world. It’s one of the few talks ever filmed at a non-TED event that was featured on the TED website.

Why? Check it out to see and plug into your internal happiness.

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This 17-minute Ted Talk by Dr. Srikumar Rao for the Copenhagen Happiness Conference is one that can flip your mindset instantly from “Unhappy” to “Am Happy.”

Here are the highlights from his talk:

  • (01:50) — He begins his exercise with one simple question. Can you answer it?
  • (03:24) — Unhappiness is a particular mental model. Discover the why and how we have bought into this negative mental model;
  • (06:40) — Try this exercise with Srikumar Rao on recalling a time you experienced great beauty in your life. This analogy is a step further into understanding your internal happiness;
  • (11:24) — Learn to invest in the happiness process with this fantastic real-life example of John Wooden, the famous basketball player, and coach;
  • (15:51) — Do you find it difficult to be passionate? Here’s what Dr. Rao has to say on the matter;

If you don’t find a way to ignite it within you right where you are, you are not going to find it outside.

— Srikumar Rao


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What did you learn about your own mental models from this talk? Do you invest more in the process or the outcome?

And did your ideas on what it takes to be happy change?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Srikumar Rao

Srikumar Rao

Dr. Srikumar Rao is the founder of the revolutionary Creativity and Personal Mastery course, which he used to teach at some of the best business schools in the world including Columbia, Haas, Kellogg, University of California at Berkeley and London Business School. The course covered his pioneering work in discovering the connection between self-awareness and happiness, as well as work life success. This course has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times,the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time, the Financial Times, Fortune, Forbes, The Guardian, Business Week and dozens of other publications. He’s conducted workshops for executives of Microsoft, Google, Morgan Stanley, American Express, IBM, Goldman Sachs and dozens of others. And he continues to teach thousands of people how to live happy and fulfilling lives.

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