What Nobody Told You About Happiness. | Saisha Srivastava | TEDxJaiHindCollege

  • Published on Oct 19, 2015
  • Saisha has danced since she was a little girl. In a breath of fresh air that is as inspiring as it is poetic, she talks about growing up and shares stories from teaching dance to blind and visually challenged students, and the startling secret she learnt about happiness along the way.
    Saisha Srivastava is a 20-year old student at Vassar College, New
    York. She was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She is a dancer,
    formally trained in jazz and ballet. She is also the founder of 20
    Days of Rain, a project aimed at spreading happiness through dance.
    Tying up with schools for blind and visually impaired students, she
    and her group of instructors hope to bring positivity into the lives
    of visually challenged youth, one dance workshop at a time.
    Pursuing her Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Chinese, Saisha has
    been a research associate with the Centre for Studies in International
    Relations and Development (CSIRD), India, and is currently interning
    with a financial consultancy firm in Shanghai, China.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Comments • 489

  • martha black
    martha black 10 days ago

    Me too tear of happiness for the children dancing. :) they give us more joy. Than I can ever imagine.

  • truth betold
    truth betold 11 days ago

    People don't realise That it doesn't take much To go from being unhappy to happy ... Money doesn't buy happy ... I went from having all kinds of things to Having nothing and being homeless And now I have a job again I'm back on my feet And I realize that I need almost nothing To be happy . When you Have been homeless and have had nothing ,And then you get a nice place to live And have food and water ,This person cannot have a bigger smile on their face

  • Shenaz Patel
    Shenaz Patel Month ago

    12:08 .. she is not wearing shoes

  • anto lepore
    anto lepore 2 months ago

    carina peccato gli manca un dente ... possiamo rimediare ... bellissima ragazza cmq

  • lokendra singh
    lokendra singh 4 months ago


  • bdoughty7
    bdoughty7 4 months ago

    This is my favorite TedTalk. Of all of them! I watch this at least once a year. You are inspiring and make the world a better place!

  • Karthik Vijayan
    Karthik Vijayan 5 months ago

    Wow! This is the first time I've dropped a comment ever.. I'm not even on social media.. but was somehow compelled to here.. inspiring truly! Some events in life just have a huge impression on us and I know I'm gonna carry this forever.. so wanted to say thanks.. there's nothing that's going to stop you from here.. God bless!

  • Renato Rocha
    Renato Rocha 6 months ago

    Very Very nice!

  • Soubhick Saha
    Soubhick Saha 6 months ago

    You are a really good human being.

  • Rizwan Aboobacker Sideeque

    When the ripples come back

  • Finn Krone
    Finn Krone 6 months ago

    Fantastic video with spreading joy to people! Smile to the world - and the world will smile to you. Quite simple. But you deliver the message so engaged and beautifully. Thumbs up for you. I come from a different culture - Denmark - but this is universal. Thank you!

  • shaik jan saida
    shaik jan saida 7 months ago

    I was looking for inspiration. Just found one. Thank you so much, girl.

  • W Webb
    W Webb 7 months ago

    Very inspiring!!!

  • Priscilla Escobar
    Priscilla Escobar 7 months ago

    Your video filled my heart with joy!

  • arif ali
    arif ali 7 months ago

    Best Ted X talk I ever heard. Amazing, inspiring n spreading positivity with love and creating happiness. Thx

  • arif ali
    arif ali 7 months ago

    Great job thx for being so positive.

  • First Name Last Name
    First Name Last Name 8 months ago

    Yeah she is over-pretty.

  • manoj kumar
    manoj kumar 8 months ago

    Please give me your mobile number, I am psychologically affected I want discuss with you personally about me

  • shivam bhatia
    shivam bhatia 8 months ago

    Gazab.. kamaal kar diya apne...speechless

  • Abhilash Maurya
    Abhilash Maurya 9 months ago

    Hey saisa beautiful girl with beautiful messages really u r very beautiful

  • Rajeshwar Sharma
    Rajeshwar Sharma 10 months ago

    A question on these talks in general. How do these speakers give these talks. Do they cram and speak without any prompters? Or is there ways for the speakers to get information while they perform. Or are these pretaped and they mine through the talks?

  • Rohit Goswami
    Rohit Goswami 10 months ago

    Saisha God bless u sweetheart take care ......

  • Pritika Agarwal
    Pritika Agarwal 11 months ago

    Dude what a person you are..... God ....
    There must be people like you in the world. ..
    Love you 😍

  • Roman Mandal
    Roman Mandal 11 months ago

    Beauty with brain...👊👌
    life changing presentation...🍃👍

  • Roman Mandal
    Roman Mandal 11 months ago

    beauty with brain...👌👊👊

  • ron rambo
    ron rambo 11 months ago

    I wanna bang this chic

  • Shahed Sabir
    Shahed Sabir Year ago

    You Created magic!! BRAVO!!!

  • Chad Wilson
    Chad Wilson Year ago


  • Kim Buenaflor
    Kim Buenaflor Year ago

    Wow such an amazing individual! Thank you for sharing your happiness, Saisha Srivastava.

  • pravin khude
    pravin khude Year ago

    I have watched this video thrice but forget every time to like it. You have done great work and bringing this to share with us. Thank you

  • buyn th
    buyn th Year ago

    Plz someone tell me that I am dreaming ,,,you are an angel we have in this earth God bless angel

  • deepak jain
    deepak jain Year ago

    Her passion for dance and the thing that she does is really amazing. Good work 👌

  • C. Ard
    C. Ard Year ago

    Thank you

  • G Aziz
    G Aziz Year ago

    I would def wife.

  • Hodaya Peles
    Hodaya Peles Year ago

    What a unique beautiful girl! I didn't expect that when I got into the video. Loved it! 😊

  • Odin2LC
    Odin2LC Year ago

    Amazing talk! So gorgeous and beautiful inside and out!

  • Lifessuccessnz
    Lifessuccessnz Year ago

    Being your authentic truth of who you are and enjoy spreading the happiness you share with others. To me it tells me nothing that is related to happiness.

  • Dennis R. Levesque

    Very good. But, how can you make a living at it? You still need to keep your day-job.

    GAURAV PAUL Year ago

    Wow. We all create ripples. We all can make a difference. Saisha - keep up the good work and vibes.

  • Chris Blankley
    Chris Blankley Year ago

    She lost me when she venerated Carl Sagan

  • Vanessa Sky
    Vanessa Sky Year ago

    Beautiful, inspiring, and passionate! Saisha should be incredibly proud of herself.

  • Jessy Thomas
    Jessy Thomas Year ago

    She look like Priyanka Chopra

  • LtTrog
    LtTrog Year ago

    I love her passion

  • electro tech
    electro tech Year ago

    we need more people like you

  • Gunjan Pandey
    Gunjan Pandey Year ago

    Can I like this video for an uncomfortable times 😍😍😍😘😘😘😘😍😍😍

  • azhagusurya m
    azhagusurya m Year ago +2

    seriously...I loved it.... the most best talk ever ...

  • Rahul
    Rahul Year ago

    Where in delhi?? I want to join you people :)

  • Manjot Singh
    Manjot Singh Year ago +1

    Saisha you are an amazing young lady,happiness has a ripple effect for sure,whenever I feel low I am going to watch this talk again and learn to contribute and help,to inspire me to share to be happy,this world needs more of your kind of motivators

  • paedru fernando
    paedru fernando Year ago +1

    liked the music at the end...where's it from..Album?

  • adam zaaba
    adam zaaba Year ago

    Thank you girl for a wonderful presentation. Please can I know the name of the musical piece that was used to accompany the dance lessons. THE MUSIC IS JUST SUPERB. I AM FROM MALAYSIA. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR TEAM OF GOOD, LOVING AND THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE. THANK YOU. AND GOD BLESS YOU KIND FOLKS.

  • Pauline F
    Pauline F Year ago

    Thank you for reminding us about these two perceptions of life: you don't care, or you do care, nothing matters, or everything matter but either way, it's just up to you, like it is up to you to decide to be happy.

  • harjeetsingh kainth

    @saisha u r awesome speaker as well as awesome human being

  • Angelina Haworth
    Angelina Haworth Year ago

    BEAUTIFUL but I suggest the teachers wear blindfolds at some point whilst teaching, so they can SEE their students.... more clearly

  • SD
    SD Year ago

    Hey ! Even my name is saisha 😁😁

  • suhail madavana
    suhail madavana Year ago

    l saw an Angel of world😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

  • suhail madavana
    suhail madavana Year ago

    l saw an Angel of world😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

  • pravin khude
    pravin khude Year ago

    can you say the music name in the background of dance.

  • B. Colwell
    B. Colwell Year ago

    She is one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen, like 360º, in totality. Radiates beauty.

  • Hemant Singh
    Hemant Singh Year ago

    Kh D

  • Swathi Manjunath
    Swathi Manjunath Year ago +1

    Am speechless!! Saisha all that I want to tell you is please continue to do this and I think you will be the most happiest and at the same time satisfaction will be immense compared to any other field you do. Am so happy and proud and all I wish is that dont stop because we need people like you who can bring in the change to this society.

  • Kiran Mane
    Kiran Mane Year ago

    Impressive and confident women

  • Oberdan Aguiar
    Oberdan Aguiar Year ago

    You are marvelous Saisha!
    Great job and you did create a ripple in me with your kindness, passion, and dedication. Much Love to you.

  • נורית טל דורות מנטורית רוחנית לפריצת דרך ולשינוי

    מרגש! בחורה צעירה מעוררת השראה. ברור שהפעולה שלה היא מתוך הלב וזה מה שמחבר אותנו לכך.

  • karan shah
    karan shah Year ago

    It's amazing in everyway....

  • Bharath S Urs
    Bharath S Urs Year ago


  • Deviant Purv
    Deviant Purv Year ago

    -Attention all dinosaurs in Power- (Try to convince a politician to be happy without controlling something and theyll say its their job. Try to convince religion to be happy without foisting their beliefs down someone elses throat and theyll say its something's Will. Neither faction will accept responsibility for their existence.)
    Without Faith, neither Religion nor Politics hold any significant influence over the individual. Try telling this to anyone with authoritative power and youll be arrested. Happiness < Fear to a tyrranical dinosaur. Listen to your elders, but Question their Authority. The old ways will not work in the present. Dont poison us with your history lessons. We'll only repeat your mistakes and it is NOT funny. We will seek the elders when we Need Advice. Dont tell us what we Cannot do. Don't call us, We'll call you.

  • Paromita Paul
    Paromita Paul Year ago

    Wow Saisha!! Appreciate your work!!

  • Mayank Poddar
    Mayank Poddar Year ago +2

    So lucky to have stumbled upon this beautiful video. Had a lump in my throat when I saw those kids despite having much less than everyone else, with the most radiant smiles.

  • RaRaLa
    RaRaLa Year ago

    Absolutely beautiful

  • John Moore
    John Moore Year ago

    Beautiful! Totally inspiring! Thank you!

  • Lord Willington
    Lord Willington Year ago

    she is crazy hot

  • Jonas Printzén
    Jonas Printzén Year ago +1

    It is sad, some how, that there are so few of you.
    What you talk about, what you exemplify , is what's true for us all but visible to so few.
    The way your testimony challenge my beliefs about success is frustratingly amazing
    and confusingly depressing at the same time. Is it successful to have something so
    inspiring to share? Or is it more important, and successful, to allow yourself to receive
    such inspiration and pass it on?
    I think the most important part I got out of your beautiful and inspiring
    presentation is this. (A little simplified)
    Before I saw your work with the visually impaired, how they went from fumbling around
    to confidently dancing in concert, the core insight I have made about myself and us all
    was really scary. But now, because of the way you presented this, I think it's OK.
    It's OK to accept that we all in many ways fumble in the dark. It does not have to be
    hopeless. It can be challenging and inspirational. It can be common to us all.
    Because we are all both normal/common and part of a minority, depending on
    what aspect we focus on.
    Thank you!

  • Aura TheBeast
    Aura TheBeast Year ago

    she is beautiful inside and out. I too love to be able to dance. I'm so happy she did so much

  • Satya B
    Satya B Year ago

    She is just magic in spreading happiness. Very proud to have a wonderful person in our Country.

  • Dinesh Kundnani
    Dinesh Kundnani Year ago


  • shailendra bharti

    You are An spiration to life...keep on doing.

  • nidhi yadav
    nidhi yadav Year ago

    ur truly an inspection grl

  • Neha Ambasta
    Neha Ambasta Year ago +2

    Your words forced my tears to crawl outside from my eyes..
    Amazing Amazing Amazing!!
    God Bless you Saisha and your team.

  • Shivraj Gurjar
    Shivraj Gurjar Year ago

    She is looking like aliya bhatt

  • Sami B.
    Sami B. Year ago

    So beautiful, thank you Saisha :)

  • Magical Drizzle
    Magical Drizzle Year ago

    Incredible! Very inspiring!! I wish she chose to use an easier language to express herself.

  • Richard Severson
    Richard Severson Year ago

    This is what Love really is, She is a Extraordinary person, Thank You Saisha

  • rushikesh parab
    rushikesh parab Year ago

    Great work 👍

  • Bhogesh Gulagonda
    Bhogesh Gulagonda 2 years ago

    Nice one...

  • sparkypeter
    sparkypeter 2 years ago

    Does anyone know what the music used on the video sections is ?

  • tara nath yogi
    tara nath yogi 2 years ago

    Great Saisha ..... Beautiful n energetic lady with beautiful heart and mind ......

  • Raheel Lakhani
    Raheel Lakhani 2 years ago

    She should be a ted fellow without any formal applications!

  • Samantha Binns
    Samantha Binns 2 years ago

    A fabulous young lady.

  • priya mandal
    priya mandal 2 years ago


  • Ankita Gohil
    Ankita Gohil 2 years ago +1

    such a amazing person u are!!!!😘

  • Dhoom Tube
    Dhoom Tube 2 years ago

    At this stage of life ; What you're​ doing , can't be praised in some words . You actually one of great gift to our country..
    I pray to God that ever could meet you.

  • Harmeet Hunjan
    Harmeet Hunjan 2 years ago

    You are doing true job God bless you.

  • sanjay kumar
    sanjay kumar 2 years ago +2

    Yes! you can give light to a blind person

  • Emily Yurcheshen
    Emily Yurcheshen 2 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring! Such wisdom in your words, love in your connection with those you teach and lives you touch. Dance is the vehicle, transformation and healing is the effect. In deep gratitude and harmony, Emily

  • Shivam KUMAR SINGH
    Shivam KUMAR SINGH 2 years ago +2

    I just want to say one thing........

    THANK YOU!!! :-) :-) :-)

  • Raju Landge
    Raju Landge 2 years ago

    saisha......amazing life you are living

  • Visual Poetry
    Visual Poetry 2 years ago +1

    You are doing a wonderful work young lady. And the talk u hv given is brilliant. One of d best Ted Talk that I hv watched till date.

  • I am the tea
    I am the tea 2 years ago

    Saisha, i would definitely say that you are going to be the role model for me or i can say that you have became one.........The thing you are doing is really inspiring.Please keep up the good work!! But i should say that was breathtaking and I am speechless..

  • Dhoom Tube
    Dhoom Tube 2 years ago

    Your way of expressing eleborate how you are passionic about​ your job or charity....
    I've have no words to share .......I bow my head in front of you....

  • Indian playschools
    Indian playschools 2 years ago

    Just Amazing! I really congratulate you from the bottom of my heart.