What people do when the going gets tough

IN the final part of our four-part series designed to see you through this semester, Gabriella Ariffin shares five more videos to help you muster up strength when the going gets tough.  


There are always methods to solve a problem and ways of increasing our happiness. Sometimes all you need to do is to see the world from a different perspective.

When you are going through any hardship, these motivational videos might be able to light up your spirit.

Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius

When big expectations burden your creative self, hear what Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, has to say on the topic.

With a surprisingly insightful look at the social pressures artistic types have to face over the last 500 or so years, this video will help push you through those self-doubts.

Kevin Breel – Confession of a Depressed Comic

Kevin Breel, a popular and top student, had been keeping his depression a secret.

But now he’s standing strong as an activist for mental health, and his speech reminds us that there is still a stigma around mental health that needs to be overcome by the society.

Kelly McGonigal – How to Make Stress Your Friend

We have been told for years that stress has negative impacts on our health. This is not necessarily true. Your thoughts about stress could actually save your life.

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal has a theory that how we manage our stress and how we react to it could actually lead to healthier, happier and longer lives.

David Foster Wallace – This is Water

You just finished all your classes. You are feeling tired and hungry and just want to get home as soon as possible.

However, the train you have been waiting for decided not to turn up on time. Now you have to wait even longer.

You start noticing the annoying voices and conversations next to you. A little kid is crying, yet her mother doesn’t bother to stop her. You are getting more and more irritated.

Why is this happening to you?

Drawing on his great philosophical skills, author David Foster Wallace encourages us to look at the world in another way.

Robin Roberts – Arthur Ashe Courage Awards

Strength does not only come from the inside, but also from people who support and love us.

ESPN sports journalist Robin Roberts mentions this as an important point in her speech – the courage to receive kindness and helpful hands from people around us.

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