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TED Talks That Could Change How You Think About The Holidays

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Some holiday traditions never get old. There's a certain comfort that comes with stuffing ourselves with stuffing, binge-watching Charlie Brown specials, and even engaging in those semi-awkward dinner table conversations with relatives we only see once a year. But, there's always room for improvement. We turned to TED, the video platform for brainy ideas, to inspire us to make some changes. Now that the tryptophan is wearing off, it's time to kick-start our psychological plans for the season. Here's a TED Talk guide to rethinking the holidays.
Rethink Your Holiday Vacation Plans

Stefan Sagmeister may be the most enlightened boss of all time. Every seven years he closes his New York-based design firm for one whole year — yes, a full 365 days — to let his creative team recharge and refocus and arrive back at work 12 months later like new hires fresh out of design school. During your own winter break, be it this four-day weekend or a potential furlough near Christmastime, imagine what you'd do with a paid year off and get your family in on the conversation. Extra points for the cameo by Lou Reed's face in this TED talk.