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How to have more fun in your life | Matt Weinstein | TEDxLivermore

  • Published on Jan 19, 2015
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The language of Play is a language that we all spoke fluently in childhood. By the time we become adults, most of us have forgotten the language of play. Matt uses play and joy to open people up, allowing them to be creative and impactful - even in places one might expect play to be the last thing on a person's mind. His analogy is that we should be so lucky as to work like our dogs. Enjoy this creative fun-filled romp through airports, dog parks and even prison.
    Matt is the Founder and “Emperor” of Playfair, Inc., and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the use of fun and humor in team building. A member of the Professional Speaker’s Hall of Fame, Matt was named one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century” by 'Successful Meetings' magazine. A prolific author, Matt's most recent titles include 'Managing To Have Fun', 'Gently Down The Stream', 'Work Like Your Dog', and 'Dog's Don't Bite When A Growl Will Do'. Matt also created the television special "Fun Works!: The Power of Humor in the Workplace" for PBS television.
    About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Comments • 111

  • ainalpipe
    ainalpipe Year ago +272

    Pov: You searched , “how to have fun”.

  • Toughen Up, Fluffy
    Toughen Up, Fluffy 5 years ago +238

    Great! Now, my therapist says to "Have fun, you're too serious about everything!" Exactly what the hell does she mean by that? Now I have to do research into fun, what does it mean to have fun?, when is the best time to have fun?, the origins of fun, how humans evolved to have fun, do other animals have fun?, how to recognize when people are having fun, how to recognize when people are having fun at your expense, why have fun?, where should I have fun?, who are the people that are having fun? and a thousand other things.
    Like I have time for this shit.

    • BeenThere&LovedIt
      BeenThere&LovedIt Month ago

      bad therapist lol

    • ory croft
      ory croft 2 months ago

      Totally relatable😂... Has anyone got the low down and made a cheat sheet on this? Please share

    • takeuchi
      takeuchi 2 months ago

      @Shreya Shrestha I gave it a shot I think, lemme know what you think, if you see this.

    • aaa
      aaa 6 months ago

      @Digital Gamer ee

    • SryGoat
      SryGoat 10 months ago +2

      Jeez this is how the workforce changes people..

  • Tia Turnbull
    Tia Turnbull 7 years ago +52

    Wow! This was so fun! I smiled and laughed through the whole thing. This is so important to create a connection and openness between people. Today I am going to go out and play and have fun!!! Thanks Matt!

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    "When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things." - Joe Namath

  • mannequin with a dinosaur head

    definitely one of my favorite TED talks! we all need to enjoy life a lot more

  • Marie FC
    Marie FC 2 years ago +16

    I wasn't expecting to enjoy this so much, or be touched by this. We can all benefit by lightening up and taking ourselves less seriously.

  • Jean Bonifas
    Jean Bonifas 7 years ago +8

    Wonderful to see your TEDx! Congratulations!! Your playful leadership continues to inspire us to exercise our play muscles for the sheer joy and connection that results in doing so. Thank you!!!

  • Rainbow Woods
    Rainbow Woods Year ago +3

    You have to be able to let go to have fun. Doesn't always seem easy to do but when you can, it's so worth it! Great talk - I enjoyed this 😊💛🌈

  • Raise up
    Raise up 6 years ago +4

    Beautiful reminder. Thank you for sharing this positive message Matt :-)

  • Not Again
    Not Again 5 months ago +1

    This is the most fun to watch ted talk ever , and i have watched so many this past few months lol
    I mean wow, my brain cells are telling me to become a different and better person and i believe i can actually do it , all thanks to this ted talk

  • Sophia Rose
    Sophia Rose 2 years ago +5

    I has SO much fun watching this!! My favorite Ted talk!!!

  • L Newman
    L Newman 3 years ago

    I loved this!! Thank you!

  • Allen Klein
    Allen Klein 7 years ago +1

    Love it. Thanks Matt.

  • JawJX
    JawJX Year ago +6

    so underrated! I wish more people would see this

  • Saksham Kapoor
    Saksham Kapoor Year ago +2

    This made me really happy ❤

  • YoAntoNeo
    YoAntoNeo 6 years ago +58

    The worst thing about prison were the dementors lol

  • Anneke
    Anneke 7 months ago

    Because he's there for everyone! So his energy is very fun and outgoing!

  • D-NBA
    D-NBA 2 years ago +1

    Best Ted Talk I’ve ever seen.

  • Hammad S
    Hammad S 3 days ago

    I want to know how to be the guy who brings the fun. Not the guy who sees someone else and follows but the person who leads and everyone else follows. How do I get into a state of mind that allows that?

  • ShadowBoxing
    ShadowBoxing 4 years ago +46

    I like to have fun but nobody wants to have fun with me, well sometimes

    • Eliteinngan
      Eliteinngan 6 months ago

      The thing is when others are not having fun, you woun't have fun. I had a small friend group and one of the closest friend of him, now doesn't like me anymore because he has found a "better" friend than me. I used to help him out with his missing assignments and would occassionally hop on call. But well, I don't know what happened. I rarely ever tell someone to shut up, and would try to treat everyone equally. So because of that, I've tried to act the same way I do, but trust myself, and accept my pain.

    • Jack Frostcm
      Jack Frostcm 6 months ago

      Have fun on your own?

    • rumu dinc
      rumu dinc 2 years ago

      muhammad junaid I don't know how to do that 😄

    • muhammad junaid
      muhammad junaid 2 years ago

      @rumu dinc make friends with same interest. It will help you alot... :)

    • rumu dinc
      rumu dinc 2 years ago +1

      Me too, none of my friends want to do the same things I like doing. I'm such a lonely soul...

  • K.T. Colbert
    K.T. Colbert 2 years ago +1

    He's right on the money! :)

  • Beth Young
    Beth Young 11 months ago

    Great video!

  • M Z
    M Z 3 years ago

    I love this, thanks

  • RiotViou
    RiotViou Year ago +1

    Awesome 👏

  • Abena
    Abena 3 years ago +8

    Underrated af, love it

  • Jesse Taylor
    Jesse Taylor 3 years ago +1

    Amazing TAlk!

  • DoctorDoom!
    DoctorDoom! 2 years ago +1

    What a charismatic soul haha ✨

  • Svetoslav Tsvetkov
    Svetoslav Tsvetkov Month ago

    What a fun! 😁

  • Jake Jones
    Jake Jones 4 years ago +134

    he sounds exactly like the joker

    • Obi wan Kenobi
      Obi wan Kenobi Year ago +1

      @Blake Beshires I feel like this is a conspiracy theory

    • Mihai Pintilie
      Mihai Pintilie Year ago +1

      Now I wanna watch batman the animated series again

    • Adrien
      Adrien 3 years ago +2

      0:33 "How many times have you heard.."

    • Blake Beshires
      Blake Beshires 3 years ago +10

      Lets put a smile on that face ladies and gentlemen

  • Jeff Thurber
    Jeff Thurber 4 months ago +1

    This looked like one of those forced meetings I had to do working as a teacher...it's not a tough guy image...I just don't get why people like to dance or laugh unless somethings really actually funny...pretty sure your heaven is my purgatory...

  • Dhruv Singh Hameerdevka

    It's a good one. Really, watch it, you won't regret

  • Zoe
    Zoe Year ago

    Thank you!

  • Trevor D'silva
    Trevor D'silva 6 months ago +2

    Came here looking for self help, walking out like a child .

  • Jack Frostcm
    Jack Frostcm 6 months ago +1

    Of course celeste is a guru! All poodles are super intelligent!

  • Ganesan LS
    Ganesan LS Year ago


  • ganesh sankar s
    ganesh sankar s 9 months ago

    I was eating my breakfast while watching this,I cant dance feel make me sad but now i recovered from that incident.

  • ⎝⎝𝔅ell𓆪
    ⎝⎝𝔅ell𓆪 5 months ago

    Breaking news, crime rate increases by 80% after a man makes prison more fun

  • Max Bernevek
    Max Bernevek 6 years ago +15

    How do I get into prison?!

  • Steven Elliott,Jr.
    Steven Elliott,Jr. 2 years ago +2

    Damn super warm crowd

  • Dest Core
    Dest Core 9 months ago

    Love is Play

  • Nicxlas
    Nicxlas 2 years ago

    im having fun right now

  • Osoble Qeilow
    Osoble Qeilow 4 years ago +2

    It is funny

  • Gage B.
    Gage B. 3 months ago

    Today over and over again until I die

  • Ronaldo De Febro
    Ronaldo De Febro 8 months ago

    Who else sped it 1.5x

  • Fc channel
    Fc channel 3 years ago +2

    i really cant listen to him if he related to harvey lol

    • Will Sniff
      Will Sniff 2 years ago

      I thought about that to lol

  • IM4 OUR
    IM4 OUR 4 years ago

    YUPPIES galore.

  • Peter Sparkingtons
    Peter Sparkingtons 2 years ago

    Woah mighty mouse?!

  • Daiigus
    Daiigus 3 years ago +1

    No u

  • Adam Chapin
    Adam Chapin Year ago

    Mighty mouse on that ufl?

  • problem solver3
    problem solver3 3 years ago +2

    Rip all people commenting

  • Benis Muncher
    Benis Muncher 3 years ago +6

    This guy isn't funny

    • Alim Y
      Alim Y 3 years ago +12

      Could be, but he is happy, and that is all that matters

    • iiiii
      iiiii 3 years ago +13

      Benis Muncher haha. Womp womp. Two salty people

    • Rawcoustic
      Rawcoustic 3 years ago +1

      Yeah ikr, why did the audience laugh it's not funny.