The TED Hour
Thu, 08/09/2012 - 1:00pm
Thu, 08/09/2012 - 7:00pm

Being happy is perhaps the most universal human yearning. But this simple goal often eludes us. Suppose we can understand happiness. Then how do we find it? Three TED speakers offer some big ideas for achieving happiness: limiting our choices, facing our regrets, and embracing our diversity. 


Segment A: Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

 Segment B: We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, writer Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.

 Segment C: Author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness. Then host Alison Stewart speaks with Howard Moskowitz, whose spaghetti sauce experiments are the focus of Gladwell's TEDTalk. They discuss the progress made in understanding everyday experiences through the science of preference.

 photo: Foxtongue via flickr