Brene Brown is a qualitative researcher who tells story about the human condition through the data she collects. This interesting TED talk discusses vulnerability.

In this beautiful talk, she shares what our purpose as humans is, connection.

"So where I started was with connection. Because, by the time you're a social worker for 10 years, what you realize is that connection is why we're here. It's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. This is what it's all about. It doesn't matter whether you talk to people who work in social justice, mental health and abuse and neglect, what we know is that connection, the ability to feel connected, is --neurobiologically that's how we're wired -- it's why we're here." - Brene Brown

It gets better. She collects data about us as culture and analyzes it. Think about this:

"And I think there's evidence -- and it's not the only reason this evidence exists, but I think it's a huge cause -- We are the most in-debt ... obese ... addicted and medicated adult cohort in U.S. history. The problem is -- and I learned this from the research -- that you cannot selectively numb emotion. You can't say, here's the bad stuff. Here's vulnerability, here's grief, here's shame, here's fear, here's disappointment. I don't want to feel these. I'm going to have a couple of beers and a banana nut muffin."

Ultimately it comes back to living authentically. If you've been struggling with a stressful situation. Take 20 minutes and let this message sink in.