Emotions are driving our physical health – 2 TED Talks

Beautiful examples of our mental wellbeing affecting our health

The first talk from Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime. It is inspiring and providing us with a better understanding about the real impact of childhood trauma and toxic stress on children’s health.

She is a pediatrician raising awareness about childhood trauma and its impact on global health. “In high doses, it affects brain development, the immune system, hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA is read and transcribed.”

How to measure it and how to see the impact all life long? It has been done by the ACE Study. Two conclusions from this study: 1. childhood trauma is common and 2. the more trauma you suffered from, the more at risk you are to develop COPD, cancer, depression, heart disease… “We now understand better than we ever have before how exposure to early adversity affects the developing brains and bodies of children.”

She created the Center for Youth Wellness to prevent, screen and heal the impacts of toxic stress.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study    Center for Youth Wellness


The second talk from Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid. Taking care of our emotions and our minds is crucial for our global health.

His talk is full of hints to live better like: “By taking action when you’re lonely, by changing your responses to failure, by protecting your self-esteem, by battling negative thinking, you won’t just heal your psychological wounds, you will build emotional resilience, you will thrive.”

This talk showed us why it is necessary to be conscious about our emotional health and why we need to take care of it. If we don’t, it can have devastating effects and even lead to premature death. We need to teach these tips to children to help them cope better with failure, rejection, lack of conviction and rumination.

Guy Winch Book