My friend Peter just forwarded me this remarkable TED Talk from Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past 10 years studying courage, shame and authenticity. As Dr. Brown explains, in our anxious world, we often protect ourselves by closing off parts of our lives that leave us feeling most vulnerable. Yet invulnerability has a price. When we knowingly or unknowingly numb ourselves to what we sense threatens us, we sacrifice an essential tool for navigating uncertain times — joy. This talk explores how and why fear and collective scarcity has profoundly dangerous consequences on how we live, love, parent, work and engage in relationships — and how simple acts can restore our sense of purpose and meaning. Dr. Brené Brown is the Behavioral Health Scholar-in-Residence at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs and has written several books on her research. You can learn more about the extraordinary work of Dr. Brown by visiting BreneBrown.com.