Why is Everyone So Fat, Broke and Busy? Jeff Gaines at TEDxAlbany 2010

  • Published on Feb 8, 2011
  • Speaker and consultant Jeff Gaines will combine neuroscience, emotional intelligence and humor to help us understand why our physical, financial and
    scheduled lives have gone so wrong, and offers some solutions.

Comments • 551

  • hope king
    hope king 18 hours ago

    If you have a certain lifestyle of eating you have to like the food! I love meat
    So of. Chorse I will do better on Atkins diet then low diets

  • Matthew Caldwell
    Matthew Caldwell 11 days ago

    Simple. Because the incentives of entire sectors of the economy are aligned towards it.

  • Negrodamus
    Negrodamus 11 days ago +3

    I could've summed this up with one word... CAPITALISM.
    It should be no surprise that people in communist China are thin but eat well, have an entire nation of people who save 30 percent but earn less than the rest of the world, and work together towards making their country better.

  • Hrnek Bezucha
    Hrnek Bezucha 11 days ago

    So to change you have to want to change. Nice...

  • Kaeben
    Kaeben 14 days ago +1

    Despair. People are just farmed for money by a corrupt government.

  • wim lammens
    wim lammens 15 days ago

    Jeff, yr presentation was well done, superinteresting and very valuable to 100 % of western, working population. This topic deserves much more time to elaborate on. I will watch it a number of times to get the full value of yr knowledge. You should really make a more up to date presentation with better quality editing and view

  • P C
    P C 15 days ago

    Im fed up with "people need to act" thing. People act a lot already. The hurdle is financial and political. The system works againts the majority - but helps the rich. We need to change that - not go to nite school, wake up at 5am, "think positive" and promote comptition among us.

  • Fireman Fred
    Fireman Fred 19 days ago

    Brilliant. Well spoken..👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦

  • Almamater8888
    Almamater8888 28 days ago

    We now know that the short answer to the question is because the globalists want to destroy the white middle-class.

  • kmak
    kmak 29 days ago

    audience is awful i feel bad for this guy

  • Ten Minute Tokyo 2
    Ten Minute Tokyo 2 Month ago

    Because the high carb diet recommended by AHA drives blood sugar chronically high which turns to sugar, which causes weight gain. Stop eating. And exercise more.

  • Jay Edenfield
    Jay Edenfield Month ago

    "The American Dream."

  • Dalmain J
    Dalmain J Month ago +1

    I like when youtube comment section is serious. Not a single troll out there.

  • Dalmain J
    Dalmain J Month ago

    Some things never change...

  • Charles Long
    Charles Long Month ago +2

    Occasionally fasting for three or four days is healthy. It also saves on the food budget.

    • VFiel
      VFiel 6 days ago

      Charles Long 🤣couldn’t help but chuckle at your ‘simple’ truth.

  • MegzeeR
    MegzeeR Month ago

    So, this is about the 10th "YOU are the reason for your failure because you THINK wrong" motivational (these folks need to look up the actual meaning of that word) speech I've listened to and they are the biggest load of poppycock I've had to deal with since this morning's "news". There is no, the economy, the tech advances and the oligarchs want a lot less people in their world so they're going to pick the one's who kiss their throned butts and get the best and brownest noses to keep as their livestock and the rest of us can pound salt and just die faster to get out of their hair truth anywhere to be found I guess. It's all our faults because they have found robots they can program much easier than us emotional whining problems they seem to have to deal with more and more and it's interrupting their fun times.

  • Indoona
    Indoona Month ago +1

    fuzzy concepts filmed fuzzily

  • Ashley Victoria
    Ashley Victoria Month ago

    Horrible combination 💀

  • M A
    M A Month ago

    He fails to understand that human brain is ONLY a receiver! The notion that consciousness is created by brain is outdated!

  • B. Greene
    B. Greene Month ago

    Presentation pro tips; never laugh at your own jokes, never follow a point with “right?”

  • Jon Kjölstad
    Jon Kjölstad Month ago

    Unbelievably superficial. I advise people to listen to Dr Lustig about the hijacking of people's food and mind by Big Business.

  • Numero Set
    Numero Set 2 months ago


  • Nathaniel Carreon
    Nathaniel Carreon 2 months ago +1

    It all boils down to lack of self discipline.

  • Poker Princess
    Poker Princess 2 months ago


  • Savio Dias
    Savio Dias 2 months ago

    Answer to the question: because u live in USA. Life here in the Netherlands is great, socialism, communism instead of materialism, ignorance, corporate greed, unbridled kapitalisme, cultural poverty, and brainwashing by media, government and church

  • Electric Jellyfish
    Electric Jellyfish 2 months ago

    Good cogs in a machine.

  • Julie W
    Julie W 3 months ago

    Kinda left us hanging in the end. Needed another minute to drive that final statement home.

  • Julie W
    Julie W 3 months ago +1

    Liked the different narrative voices.

  • calsitup
    calsitup 5 months ago

    That is it a lifestyle issue

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      I agree? Thanks for watching. I think it's about learning how to make permanent changes, not quick fix. Check out the book if you're interested.

  • Nelson Di Salvatore
    Nelson Di Salvatore 5 months ago

    2:00 boy that joke fell flat to the ground.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago +1

      Played better in the room, just didn't come across in the recording. I was also the organizer of the event and put myself first, so it was a cold room at 8:30am. Cut me some slake Nelson! ;)

  • Arthur
    Arthur 5 months ago

    misleading title. the whole thing could have been summarized into "change how you feel about something in order to change your behavior".

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      @Arthur All excellent ideas for working with the Emoter. If the Emoter likes something long enough, the Robot takes it as programming.

    • Arthur
      Arthur 4 months ago

      @Jeff Gaines Maybe seeing someone else enjoy a certain activity or someone telling you it's fun could have an impact. The Tom Sawyer story of him tricking some boys to paint a fence for him comes to mind. Also pretending to enjoy something and smiling while doing it may eventually lead to liking it. Getting lots of positive reinforcement as you are doing something could make you like it and eventually not need positive reinforcement.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago +1

      I agree! I'd add "change how you feel about something long enough for your brain to consider it new programming." The real challenge though is how to change how we feel about something.

  • 23sweetwater
    23sweetwater 6 months ago +1

    Love, love, loved this talk! Pretty much explained life right here. The audience was dead silent and captivated everyone wanted to understand. Loved the sobe challenge too, I'm a big believer in manifestation and beliefs like "the secret." He had a great way of talking too, no mumbling or unnecessary words, straight and to the point. I wish high schools would show this kind of stuff to kids so they can understand how to be successful adults.

  • Mrfallouthero
    Mrfallouthero 6 months ago

    Who enjoys work though? Who enjoys working under someone?

    • Winds of March Journey/Perry tribute band
      Winds of March Journey/Perry tribute band Month ago

      Work for yourself and you, too can have a minuscule social life and no insurance or bennies :)
      You do get paid better, just not as consistently :)

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      Right? Wait, don't we all work under someone? Clearly someone must enjoy work. I do.

    FISHTHEFOX1 6 months ago +1

    We are becoming the society depicted in Pixar’s WALL-E.

  • topperdoggle
    topperdoggle 6 months ago

    Shame he didn't quite The Power of Habit, given that so many of these ideas come from there.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      I enjoyed that book. Came out right as I as writing mine and it is quoted in my book. Great reference.

  • Mary Sisak
    Mary Sisak 6 months ago

    Just came across your presentation. Excellent. I was sorry when it ended. I will need to look for more of your presentations.

  • henmich
    henmich 6 months ago +1

    I remember when Michel Jordan's body weight to height ratio made him obese... you can't always go by the book. The book is only as good as the person that wrote it,

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      I agree. The science on BMI has progressed since this presentation. When I have more time to talk about it, I explain that a good amount of muscle mass distorts the BMI, but there are better ways to look at it now.

  • heavy meddle
    heavy meddle 6 months ago

    I'm thin, bored and broke. Maybe I'm thin cause I'm broke. And probably bored cause I'm broke. And broke because I'm bored... The cycle of my life

    • heavy meddle
      heavy meddle 4 months ago

      @Jeff Gaines thanks Jeff. You made me feel slightly better...☺

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      LOL! The good news is the broker someone is, the more likely they are to have weight and physical health issues, so you go that going for you!

  • Gail Lewis
    Gail Lewis 6 months ago +1

    Cortisol, fructose, and stagnant wages.

  • Apollyon 1975
    Apollyon 1975 6 months ago +1

    People are turning into the people living in space in the film Wall E

  • SatsumaTengu14
    SatsumaTengu14 6 months ago

    OK, so it has absolutely nothing to do with free trade, right to work and death of Unions. Death of small farms and being so far removed from nature most young people think beef comes from some kind of beef tree.. Being brainlessly urbanized and having our communities destroyed, nothing to do with being over worked and underpaid or corperate farming and steroids in our meat...I could go on.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      I think it has everything to do with all of the above. Here's a quote from the back cover of my book:

      While most of us tell ourselves we simply lack will-power, the real problem is the sea of temptations we swim in every day.

  • Sanjeeva Murthy
    Sanjeeva Murthy 6 months ago

    All the present day problems of physical and psychological ill health is because of our so called misconception on 'development'. If you go after more wealth, you are never satisfied in your life time. You want to be one up than another fellow. There is will always be a person who has amassed better than you! You want to earn more and more with less and less effort. Result is not surprising.

  • Helena Monique Clarke
    Helena Monique Clarke 6 months ago

    Seriously...cause I say this stuff and people want my head on a spike in The US.

    • Helena Monique Clarke
      Helena Monique Clarke 4 months ago

      @Jeff Gaines Welcome to 2019...and none shall be offended...or else. Scary times over here right now and shows fewer signs of abating sadly... offending can be deadly these days. Seriously...watch your back out there. I wish I were joking...

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      lol! I hear you. I'm not always warmly greeted.

  • Marky 4x4
    Marky 4x4 6 months ago +1

    watching this for 18 mins only to learn that people who think are better off? wow. thats science at its best

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      Thanks for watching Marky. If only it was that easy. The point is that thinking alone doesn't get it done or we wouldn't have the problems we do. The science says thinking is not what drives our actions.

  • Arek Krolak
    Arek Krolak 7 months ago

    Its not everybody, only the Americans ;)

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago +1

      Ah, if only that was true. But I think it's fair to say that in these categories, Americans can say, "We're Number One!"

  • Red Poppy
    Red Poppy 7 months ago

    sitting inactive jobs full time but need a few jobs in one day
    high taxes
    numerous legitimate expenses

  • ECSRice
    ECSRice 7 months ago

    Those numbers given at the beginning suggest the system is not working. Anything that has only a 35% success rate(and that
    number is truly more like 10%) is failing. The problem of all of the things mentioned is not individual behavior but a system that 100% supports the oligarchy against the majority of Society, that system is Capitalism. Sorry folks it is not change your individual behavior, it is challenge and change the entire system in which we live. Everything else is just silly little tweaks promoted by well meaning but vastly ineffective life coaches. These people are taking on a massive, coordinated, and purposeful system that has a monopoly on real violence and that at the behest of the wealthy employs that violence verse everyone else on a global scale to keep the masses in a precarious state. We do not need to reprogram our brains we need to reclaim our dignity, no longer listen to phony elites, collectively organize and openly oppose a system designed to benefit the few at the expense of the many.

  • chilix vibe
    chilix vibe 7 months ago

    The solution is, be delusional 👌

  • Leo Stack
    Leo Stack 7 months ago

    Selling a product

  • Cerzex Gremory
    Cerzex Gremory 7 months ago

    Lack of emotional regulation is a weakness of character, not an immutable fact.

    • Cerzex Gremory
      Cerzex Gremory 4 months ago

      There are a lot of factors to consider when asking why, probably more than we could conceive of without focused study on the matter.
      My axioms for analyzing those factors would be:
      1. Availability does not change morality.
      2. Difficulty does not change responsibility.
      3. No conscious behavior/action is predetermined until manifested.
      There are a few more, but I think these are most paramount to how I would search for why.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      @Cerzex Gremory Absolutely agree. Some people are better at managing their urges and temptations than others. I think the question I'm trying to address is, why?

      Why do you think some are stronger than others? Is there anything those that are not as strong can do about it?

      I think there is and am offering my thoughts on it.

    • Cerzex Gremory
      Cerzex Gremory 4 months ago

      Jeff Gaines if everyone is swimming in a sea of temptations, yet only some give into them, then that would mean that the ones who don’t (or do so less often) are stronger. That’s pretty straightforward, not a lot of room to debate there.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      Oh, harsh. I would wager everyone, including you, struggle with emotional management sometimes. I also think we shouldn't ignore the changes going on in society that are causing us to get better at emotional management than ever before. Here's a quote from the back cover of my book:

      "While most of us tell ourselves we simply lack will-power, the real problem is the sea of temptations we swim in every day."

      But I also encourage people not be feel like victims of society. Lots of people live healthy lives even with those temptations.

  • jack david
    jack david 7 months ago

    I don’t think we can fully grasp how important this ted talk is wow. This is amazing for me. I don’t think we all process in the exact same way but this definitely speaks to me perception.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      Thank you so much! Check out the book!

  • Cas Perry
    Cas Perry 7 months ago +1

    Don't go to the gym. Do something simple that is challenging enough to make you feel uncomfortable, like just going out for a jog or working out at home and join the gym when you feel ready for it. People are overloading their emoter by making too drastic of a change and can't handle it making the process unenjoyable so they quit. Just like it's foolish to overtrain, it's foolish to subject yourself to big psychological stresses and expect yourself to last. Minor changes to your lifestyle every day compound over time but they need to be small and frequent so that you can recover and adapt.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      Well Said! Exactly the point of the book. January in my gym is packed with overloaded Emoters that quit by February.

  • FlatWorldJomhuriRegime88

    My father had a stroke, the doctor told him "you need to eat more sugar and bread". Obviously, some of this is our medical establishment's fault

    • FlatWorldJomhuriRegime88
      FlatWorldJomhuriRegime88 4 months ago

      Jeff Gaines
      Thank you for your kind response.
      A change in government will be required to affect any change in society. *Government intervention is a serious cause of many ills.*
      -- The private federal reserve system… keeping interest rates at or near 0% for an extended time (encourages banks to issue bad loans, and encourages people who shouldn't be taking out loans to take out loans and burden themselves with debt, or with more than what is appropriate).
      --Cutting the gold standard…US Dollar has lost over 97% of its value since that occurred. The inflation and resultant continuously-increasing prices not only discourages people from saving, but actively wipes out peoples savings.
      -- Government nonsubsidization/regulation of meat/animal product food processing and distribution but *subsidizing* wheat farmers (for example)... making nutrion-poor food (white bread, highly processed grains) relationally cheaper and more cost-attractive to consumers than nutrient-dense foods such as dairy, meat, cheese, fish, eggs etc.
      And many more.
      It's hard to "change the robot" when you are poor and unhealthy.
      Most of these issues can be solved by restricting the scope of government, or just simply adhering to the constitution faithfully.
      When I got married my spouse and I were both in our 20s, but we had been saving money since we were 16 - individually, separately, as we also didn't meet until our 20s.
      We were able to pay for a modest house with cash, in full. We never took out a credit card, nor had either of us done that individually. We also seek to minimize consumption of processed foods and especially complex carbs.
      But it's HARD. We had each worked very hard for a long time to save money. We could've gotten a bigger house in a nicer neighborhood, had we taken out a loan along with paying cash. But we restricted ourselves. We rarely ate out. We bought small fuel-efficient vehicles responsibly, and only when an older vehicle became too financially-burdensome to mechanically maintain.
      We *could have* had a lot of things like a nicer house, better and more stylish rides, credit cards with which to buy higher numbers and better versions of consumer items (we did splurge on a really nice washing machine), culinary nights out on the town 2-3x a week, etc.
      It was HARD doing all that. Throw in inappropriate government intrusion into our lives and existences that negatively influence behavior habits and choices, and it's no wonder that nearly everyone is sick, tired, and obese, or broke. I mean even if it was just limited to the few points I mentioned, just being broke or unhealthy by itself erases motivation or understanding of improvement possibilities or has a cascading effect that compounds into other problems, limiting realistic betterment opportunities.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      They told my father to have a cigarette. I think society is a major factor.

      Here's a quote from the back cover of my book:
      While most of us tell ourselves we simply lack will-power, the real problem is the sea of temptations we swim in every day.

      But given this is the world we live in, how do we lead lives that are Fit, Frugal and Free is the question. I wish society would change, but in the meantime, we have to deal with what we have.

  • Tomás Marques
    Tomás Marques 7 months ago

    Great talk, a bit confusing, but gets the point across

  • AldousHuxleysCat
    AldousHuxleysCat 7 months ago

    It seems to me the talk ended far to soon as he gave a solution yet no way to work toward it

  • Lj LaValle
    Lj LaValle 7 months ago

    I enjoyed the analogy, and what he felt needs to be done, but stopped there, and didn't proceed on "how" to harmonize the "thinker" and "emoter", which is the hard part.
    More precisely, I feel the hardest part of the equation is the "emoter", or , "emotion".
    It's all about our mood really.
    I myself, will get back into daily meditation, which is something I let drop to the wayside in the last year or so. Going to have a talk with my emotions tonight 😊

  • Mr Gilmore
    Mr Gilmore 7 months ago +1

    Because democraps tax all our labor away

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      Hmmm. Not sure we can boil down all the issues in society to tax policy, but OK.

    • D Money
      D Money 7 months ago

      Wow what a deep thinker you are. Pure genius

  • Mike Rekteen
    Mike Rekteen 7 months ago

    Only in the US, dude. Time to travel and get a real life.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      LOL! I sell about as many books outside the US as I do in the US. But I think it's fair to say that in these categories, Americans can say, "We're Number One!"

  • David Gochenour
    David Gochenour 7 months ago +1

    I think that's just who u hang with, homie

    • David Gochenour
      David Gochenour 4 months ago

      Thank you that is very profound., I like what you wrote and will definitely look at that. I actually have learned something profound from u today, thanks

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago +1

      Awesome point. I once saw a study that said we will become the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

      But my challenge to that is two points: What if you love some people and don't want to dump them. And two, that's not necessarily a good thing. If we don't have the life we want, are we to blame them?

  • Frank Harrod
    Frank Harrod 7 months ago

    Answer: cheap junk food

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      I think society is a major factor. Here's a quote from the back cover of my book:

      “While most of us tell ourselves we simply lack will-power, the real problem is the sea of temptations we swim in every day.”

      But given this is the world we live in, how do we lead lives that are Fit, Frugal and Free is the question. I wish society would change, but in the meantime, we have to deal with what we have.

  • Rethink Science
    Rethink Science 7 months ago

    Stop having breakfast and let autophagy rebuild your body and brain - no food for 18 hours a day only water

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      I have a friend that lost 40 pounds on that diet. I know others that tried to follow him and failed. Comes down to emoter management. I don't think there is one right method for everyone, but lots of interesting science coming out on that approach.

  • Chaplain Stephen Strickland

    Thumbs up for title... I now move on to listen ...

  • DMark1
    DMark1 7 months ago +2

    Hmmm...this just seemed like overly simplistic pop-psych to me.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      Sure. Tough to give more than that in 18 minutes. Some more solid science listed in the book.

      My major marketing problem has been I don't believe in quick fix and that's what sells the best. My marketing is "read my book. And then a few others. Then spend a couple years really integrating what you learned, then you will see lasting results!" Doesn't really fly with the publishers.

  • SoloSailor sv
    SoloSailor sv 7 months ago

    16 minutes of preamble, then closes without any method of change... lame. And do NOT snicker at your own jokes, like some inane laugh-track, please.

    • Winds of March Journey/Perry tribute band
      Winds of March Journey/Perry tribute band Month ago

      @Jeff Gaines 4 hours?
      Do the ADD people normally jump out the windows or do you present on the 1st floor for that reason? :) lol

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      That was a funny comment. Did you laugh when you wrote it? :)

      Honestly, there was laughter in the room, but my mic doesn't pick it up. Plus cut me some slack. I organized the event and put myself first to warm up the crowd. It was 8:30 in the morning and a cold audience. At the end of the day I got the best reviews of the 18 speakers if that helps.

      I do agree my close was weak. I ran out of time. First time I gave an 18 minute version of what I usually cover in 4 hours and I didn't get to my closing points :( Sorry.

  • airmark02
    airmark02 7 months ago

    TED Tawks. ~ ugh...

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      So, why do you watch them? I've learned lots from TED talks, even if you don't like mine.

  • samljer
    samljer 9 months ago +28

    480p... we meet again...

    • cody Gillis
      cody Gillis Month ago

      It's great

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago +3

      LOL! I organized the event and it was in the early days of TEDx. We have a very small budget. Sorry for the low quality recording. Did you like it?

  • Jocelyn Waters
    Jocelyn Waters 9 months ago

    That study wasn’t enough to prove anything. It would take multiple studies to prove anything.

  • Christina Fazio
    Christina Fazio 9 months ago

    Amazing speech

    ADEOLA ADEYEMI 10 months ago +1

    He sounds like bill Clinton when he laughs

  • 天使雲端單行道
    天使雲端單行道 10 months ago +2

    What an unsatisfying talk. There was nothing on HOW we can get the two keys to turn at the same time. Useless!

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago +1

      Sorry you didn't like it. I do agree my close was weak. I ran out of time. First time I gave an 18 minute version of what I usually cover in 4 hours and I didn't get to my closing points :( Sorry.

      Feel free to check out the book. If you find that useless, I will gladly give you your money back.

  • 天使雲端單行道
    天使雲端單行道 10 months ago

    "To heck with you"? FRIGGIN' RUDE!

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      I apologize if that was offensive.

  • Lissa K
    Lissa K 10 months ago +3

    Good speaker but wow, his arrogance. Yikes

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      Sorry you feel that way. Anything specific you could share with me to help? It was over 8 years ago, so maybe I've improved.

      I was the first speaker of the day and a bit nervous I'll confess. I have heard I can come across arrogant when my Emoter is scared.

  • Steve Walther
    Steve Walther 10 months ago +1

    Nobody's home.
    Everyone is at work.
    Or in their car.

    • Claudia Vlahović
      Claudia Vlahović Month ago


    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      I agree society is a major factor. Here's a quote from the back cover of my book:
      “While most of us tell ourselves we simply lack will-power, the real problem is the sea of temptations we swim in every day.”

      But given this is the world we live in, how do we lead lives that are Fit, Frugal and Free is the question. I wish society would change, but in the meantime, we have to deal with what we have.

  • Wisepersonsay
    Wisepersonsay 11 months ago +9

    Insecurity, wrong mental programming, and believing in ''American Dream'' - a disillusion make the Americans frustrated, confused and despaired. That is why they eat sweets and oily food to comfort themselves. Fundamentally, the Americans are very easily manipulatable people. They are trained to think what the wrong and distorted mainstream media say. Sitcoms and mellow dramas are great causers. Get off the social media. Train yourself to think for yourself. Start analyzing!

    • Tim DeMarais
      Tim DeMarais 6 months ago

      Wisepersonsay you are right. Unfortunately most people will not, and cannot, avoid the media and the advertising forced on them by it. A few months after avoiding media it is surprising how easy it becomes to ignore it. Before media and advertising people learned to think for themselves, now we struggle to get them to think.

  • Shelley Schoenfeld
    Shelley Schoenfeld 11 months ago

    Jeff Gaines, Intelligent Simplicity of Explaining The Basics of The Human Brain, how we can change the way we think about what we do everyday, thus changing our habits for the better, to live better and more productive lives. Excellent!! TEDxAlbany 2010
    Thank You, Shelley Anne

  • Lynn Rozakis
    Lynn Rozakis 11 months ago

    Jeff Gaines did a great presentation on what holds us back and he was really funny too.

  • Step It Up Morons
    Step It Up Morons 11 months ago

    thank you ,,

  • Pierre Klee
    Pierre Klee 11 months ago

    Americans are lazy. Very lazy. Americans also rationalize. (Rational lies).

  • Sherry Snapp
    Sherry Snapp 11 months ago

    Good talk. Apply the logic politically where he talks about how the brain ignores contradictory info and how the brain shapes interpretation. How does that apply to trumpers.

    • Jeff Gaines
      Jeff Gaines 4 months ago

      Or Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, Martians, etc.

  • Briana Molina
    Briana Molina Year ago +1

    Jesus already told us this though lol He said you are what you think in your heart. He also said to think about only good things. 😉👀

    • Ramkrishna Nayak
      Ramkrishna Nayak 13 days ago

      Briana Molina do not put too much faith in God. Take control of yourself first. You are what you think and you do. God is not interested in you.

  • Andrew Lokkebo
    Andrew Lokkebo Year ago +1

    That’s scary and sad that we have that many people out of shape.

  • carla jones
    carla jones Year ago

    I want to know how to get them to turn they key at the same time. Are there books or other lectures?

  • Rich Campus
    Rich Campus Year ago +1

    The Individual can be The In-Divide-Dual until it sets itself straight.

  • H Max
    H Max Year ago

    This talk is like the joke of the business owner that goes to a business analyst and asks how can he make his business more profitable and the B.A. says, just make more at less cost.

  • Aaron Samuel
    Aaron Samuel Year ago

    Excellent Ted talk!

  • DaToNyOyO
    DaToNyOyO Year ago +27

    You don't have to enjoy exercise. You just have to enjoy being in better shape, looking better and feeling better than 65% of everyone else.
    I work on the 6th floor. People laugh at me because I always take the stairs. Then some of them PAY MONEY to go to the gym after work (which they actually don't enjoy).
    I don't enjoy taking the stairs but I need to get from the car to the desk and taking the lift, frankly, is no quicker than taking the stairs and it means I save money on going to the gym.
    They pay to suffer while I suffer for free. They skip the gym because it's extra effort just to get there, I never skip the stairs because it's easy and if you just walk past the lifts you'll find it's gets easier to do that every day.
    And the more people point it out and say "just take the lift", as they wait for it to arrive, the more funny it is to just take the stairs and beat them to the office.
    Pretty soon it's so much of a habit that taking the lift doesn't even cross your mind...

    • Jay Edenfield
      Jay Edenfield Month ago

      Excellent. I mostly ask to take the stairs also.

    • janityy
      janityy 3 months ago +1

      I'm scared of elevators is very dangerous to get into an elevator I always take steps even if 15 flights ie a hospital. Can be trapped in elevator

  • Robert Ostman
    Robert Ostman Year ago

    this talk seems to ommit the problems at home, and other bunch of strugles and health conditions plus economical barriers... it does seem to be bulling... or a strong lack of understanding of the complexity and external factors that can occur. the thinker that he mentions, only will do, to a sertain extent,... if the problems at home arent created by you, but by a 3rd person, then it really trashes your odds of getting to improve...

  • Elmaestrodemusica

    My opinion too - especially busy (in a hurry) ....

  • John Shrader
    John Shrader Year ago

    Good talk. There is a robot ,an emoter, and a thinker part of us. Then there is the true self that rules them all.

  • John Shrader
    John Shrader Year ago

    Jeff has a wild cartoon hilarious inner voice that slips out. He's a wild and crazy guy inside.

  • Diademglo
    Diademglo Year ago

    Corporations lie, people with a good heart believe and buy GMO body can’t metabolize. Busy buying useless things from ads. Turn off TV and PC.

  • Gatorman
    Gatorman Year ago +2

    Be discipline, be positive! Change your sad life to a happy one! Some people do this but most don't. Your choice!

  • Over 50 Mommy Life

    “Nothing means anything until we decide what it means.” Seriously? Many, many things mean something before we decide what they mean. Most don’t even care what we decide!

  • Polly RG
    Polly RG Year ago +1

    Good to see Plato's 'Republic' is still getting a work-out.

  • Crone Woman Walking
    Crone Woman Walking Year ago +1

    Convenience and social media taming away our animalistic drive for success, reproduction with all their soy patties, facebook fakery, etc.

    • Starbee
      Starbee 7 months ago

      Crone Woman Walking soy patties 😂

  • shawn regan
    shawn regan Year ago

    Good speaker, lame crowd

  • Falcon Trek
    Falcon Trek Year ago +4

    I'm happy to report I've lost my debt, my job I hated, and 53 LBS. Add about 400lbs more if you count my EX wife, another thing I didn't need.

  • Tilly4Rilly
    Tilly4Rilly Year ago +2

    People are overweight because they consume carbs, sugar (more carbs), and are not active. Change your lifestyle to live a healthy life, stop being lazy sheeple.

  • Eric Daniel
    Eric Daniel Year ago +1

    So... why does every TED talk start with the word "so?"

  • Domlika Trichkova

    Brilliant talk, thanks a lot