Watching TED Talks is a popular pastime at CN&CO. We visit regularly to clear our heads, have a laugh or get inspired. TED Talks open our minds, spark new ways of thinking and can lead to some very interesting conversations. Each week we pick a favourite and publish it on a Tuesday, because we like how “TED Talk Tuesday” sounds. This week’s talk was selected by chief señor, Carel Nolte. Here’s why he chose it:

So this week’s TED Tuesday is in fact on a Thursday – because sometimes things are just a little bit late. Plus, Thursday also starts with a T, so I thought it would be ok.

With all the hectic stuff happening in our country – and the world – I thought it opportune to remind myself – and all of you – that laughter is often the best way to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Laughing deeply also, often, gives us renewed energy and sparks innovation to solve problems. As many of you know, I love the phrase “Take what you do (very) seriously, not yourself”. And I like to remind myself to laugh, often, at myself. It gives me perspective.

South Africa has major problems. Relationships between various race groups feels to me to be at an all time low. Respect – for ourselves and others, the desire to do the best – for others and ourselves, and a sense of “we are in this together” seem to be lacking. And so, I hope these 13 “all-time funniest TED Talks” make you smile. Or better yet, make you laugh from deep within your belly.

When times are at the darkest, we all need some laughter to let the light in.

Click the image below to watch the playlist: