Happiness is all in your mind: Gen Kelsang Nyema at TEDxGreenville 2014

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Simple, profound truths are the realm of this Buddhist nun. Her message? The gift of happiness truly lies within our own hearts and minds. Gen Kelsang Nyema, exuding a peacefulness that immediately connects with the audience, starts by asking three questions: Are you having a good day? Why? Tomorrow, would you rather have a good day or a bad day? She teaches that we cannot put our happiness at the whim of other people and of circumstances. If we want to be happy, we have to "stop outsourcing our happiness to other people" and cultivate a source of inner peace. What happens next is quite astounding. The whole crowd of 350+ people proceeds to meditate with Nyema. There's a little squirming at first, but as she leads the audience through a calm citation of how to rest the mind, audience members feel a collective relaxation flow into the room and through the people. Fascinating! Refreshing.

This talk was part of TEDxGreenville UNZIPPED, held April 11, 2014, at the Kroc Center in Greenville, South Carolina. For more information about Gen Nyema and her co-presenters, please visit

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  • Mitchell Lee


    She’s amazing happpnisss..i am having a great day .

  • Bjarne Smith


    Meditation is a tool to reduce stress, to compose oneself, and to examine the way you think and react to the circumstances around you. Dealing with the problems of the world is difficult. I don’t think one can go around being happy all the time, if life’s circumstances are particularly difficult. But it is nice to have a technique and a way of thinking to give one temporary relief from life circumstances. And as one becomes more experienced in mediation, it will take greater agitating factors than before to disturb your life.

  • Veronica Johnson


    That was truly beautiful… thank you.

  • sandnes2504


    Doest make any sense.

  • Takeiteasy buttakeit


    Speaking slowly to thread a suite of truisms. Good business!

  • Jack skellington


    Bruh tell that to all the people Buddhist are burning in Myanmar

  • hore selalu


    just tell me , was buddha die by poison?

  • LoveMe.com


    Happiness is inside of all of us. Sometimes you just need someone to help you find it.

  • Võ Thị Loan


    I am very like listen .

  • SimplyTwilight13


    Would you like to have a good day or a bad day on Monday? Well….I don’t like Monday so

  • Bubu Lina


    i feel she is ready anytime to start crying… crying out of compassion, love , understanding…. love her being..

  • Moocah King


    I absolutely LOVE these videos! Thank you TEDx and all the wonderful people speaking and sharing ideas at these events!

  • Luis Fernandez


    Thanks for give me a good piece of the puzzle for my good day

  • Mumpy Gumboo


    Am I having a good day? Well… I’m having a bad hair day. I think I’ll become a Buddhist monk too, and shave my head. No more bad hair days! Problem solved!

  • Satish Maurya


    If you watched it on more than 1x, then you completely missed the point.

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  • Elisaí Otero-Figueroa


    So if my mother beat me up and laugh out loud while doing it I should not blame her for my unhappiness

  • Raw Pagan


    One of the best videos I have ever seen. So simple

  • eileen lord


    I have a good day when nothing tragically awful happens to me or the people I love.

  • Anne Frank


    If you’re reading this I wanna you to have a good day

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