Christian Long

Laura Trice: Suggests We All Say Thank You

In TED Talks on May 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Extra credit reflection by EMMA L.

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Laura Trice:  Suggests We All Say Thank You

In Laura Trice’s talk, she explains the powerfulness of the words thank you and everyone secretly longs for those words.

Laura Trice is a therapist and coach, who works with people everyday with their addictions and emotional stress. She is devoted to practices that help people find fulfillment in their life. Trice has created a therapeutic program called Writing in Recovery that combines creative writing, personal expression, finding passions and setting goals. In the Writing in Recovery, sessions incorporate musical expression, public speaking and a twelve step based therapeutic writing that allows the people to express their true feelings.

She believes that if each person discovers and fulfills their purpose in life, they will be able to find fulfillment and happiness in their unique role in the world. Recovery is a difficult progress many individuals have to go through everyday. By systems like the Writing in Recovery, more and more people will be able to overcome their stresses and addiction allowing them to fulfill their goals in life. Laura Trice is also the author of the book How to Work Any 12-Step Program.

Laura explains many examples where praise has been seen as embarrassing to ask for or give. She says that the reason we are blocking praise is that we have to give critical data/ information about ourselves. This can be in forms of telling people what are weaknesses are which no one wants the public to know.

Why should this matter? Why should we care?

In order for the world to be at peace, we need to start small. Laura explains if each household knew what their needs were, what praise makes them happy, than the world would gradually become more peaceful. So the next time you see your friend, mother, teacher, thank them for all they have done because two words can make a difference in someone’s life.

To learn more about the Writing in Recovery, visit Laura’s website


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