Have you ever wondered about your daily Niagara of words? ‘Language in Thought and Action’ by S.I. Hayakawa. From the moment you wake up in the morning till the moment you go to bed, you are exposed to constant sources of information. Whether it’s your morning newspaper, your boss, a group of friends that you hang out with, or the multitude of feed applications on your smartphone; your brain is being flooded by a Niagara of words.
Before reading these set of comments, please know that I am not a seasoned public speaker with years of experience. As such, what I present below is derived from my experiences of watching others give good (or bad) presentations, reading articles, learning from the wisdom of my mentors who unfortunately have to be at the bearing end of my presentations. ⊕ Alon, U. How To Give a Good Talk. Mol. Cell 36, 165–167 (2009).
Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness Robert Waldinger,1 a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School talks about a famous long term study of adult development done by Harvard and shares his findings about what made the lives of the participants happy or sad as they aged. While the talk itself isn't very detailed and offers a too long, didn't read summary (quite typical of a TED talk, probably one of the important reasons to hate it if you are critical), the publications page2 on the website offers a comprehensive and interesting list of findings.
As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars Reading is one of the fundamental habits that we learn as a child. Even before our temporal abilities are decently developed (usually by the end of third month after birth), people sing songs, lullabies, read stories or make interesting noises to stimulate our brain.