If you haven’t already seen this thought-provoking TED talk by Brené Brown, please set aside 20 minutes today to watch and absorb. Really engaging lecture on what she deems “the epidemic of shame” in our culture, and how we can rethink, and reprogram the way we deal with feelings of shame in our lives:

I also recommend checking out her talk on vulnerability, in which she advocates embracing the vulnerable, uncertain moments in our lives rather than avoiding, as “When we numb [hard feelings], we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness.” I found both of these lectures totally inspiring and eloquent, and they demonstrate how our thought-processes have such a profound impact on our well-being:


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