Summer Post #1:

Two great and relevant-to-TOK quotes from TEDGlobal 2013. The entire event was “visually scribed”- check it out HERE

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Emotion Exploration: Happiness, Regret, Despair

Do you ever wonder what your “Emotional Intelligence” is? Some scientists believe your “E.Q.” is more important to your success in life than your “I.Q.”.

Take the TEST here:




Dan Gilbert on TED: “Why are we Happy? Why Aren’t We Happy?”

BIG THINK ARTICLE: How Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

Washington Post ARTICLE: Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

7 Must-Read Books in Happiness (Plus more TED talks!)


Michael Norton on TED: “How to Buy Happiness”

Conversations about this talk at

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TED ED LESSON (includes TED talk with quiz and other Thinking Questions)- Nancy Etcoff on the Surprising Science of Happiness:

Take the Happiness Survey HERE

or the OXFORD Happiness Survey HERE

or for more fun, use your iPhone for this:

ARTICLEIs there a Mathematics to Happiness?

GALLERY: The World’s 15 Happiest Countries

ARTICLE: Why would the government want to know if we are happy? Why did our founding fathers consider “pursuit of happiness” so important?



50 People 1 Question: What is Your Biggest Regret? (we might replicate this in class)

ARTICLE: Does regret make you more humane?

ARTICLEQuick Decisions Create Regret

Here is the exquisite, legendary Edith Piaf sing “No, I regret Nothing” (with English subs)

ARTICLE: Why is regret a “moral” emotion?


TED TALK with Kathryn Schulz: Don’t Regret Regret (yes, it starts out with Johnny Depp’s shoulder tattoo!)

Conversations regarding this talk (I like the “10 mistakes we all make”)

ARTICLE: TOP 5 Regrets of the DYING


ARTICLE: Pregnant 9/11 Survivors Transmitted Trauma to their Children


ARTICLE: A Broken Heart Could Actually Kill You

ARTICLE: What is “broken heart syndrome”?

then watch this short video: 

ARTICLE: The Grief and Infection Connection

ARTICLE: What’s the Value of Sadness (Happiness- Enough Already!)

IDEA CHANNEL asks “Is SAD Music Inherently SAD?”

“Sadness is a Blessing” by Lykke Li (“Sadness is my boyfriend…”)

We are not the only creatures to experience Grief- check out these elephants…

W.H. Auden’s lovely poem: “Funeral Blues”, as seen in the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”

And another stunning piece of poetry by Lord Byron

When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow—
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame;
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shrudder comes o’er me—
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee so well—
Long, long I shall rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met—
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?—
With silence and tears.

 Lord Byron

Emotion + Technology: How we are Connected but Alone

“Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies”

Concepts: “The Goldilocks effect” (connection made to measure); “The LifeMix”

“I WANT to have a feeling, therefore I need to send a text”

“I SHARE therefore I AM”

“If we don’t teach our children how to be alone, they will only know how to be lonely”..What happens when we don’t have the “capacity for solitude”?


Sherry Turkle from MIT describes how the technology that envelopes us keeps us connected but alone. Please TWEET as you watch and notes will be archived.

2011 Tedx

2012 TedTalk


COMPANION ARTICLE: “The Flight From Conversation”






Great article and Social Experiment! PAUL MILLER decided to take a YEAR OFF THE INTERNET (yes, completely) and see what happened. Would he be more or less connected to people? His tale is well worth a read.

READ: “I’m Still Here: Back Online After a Year Without the Internet”

Then post your thoughts and questions on this Brainstorm Board: CLICK HERE

(I can’t embed but here’s a screen shot)

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