Want to be happy? Be grateful: Brother David Steindl-Rast at TEDGlobal 2013


I had to share this wonderful post. I know by experience that this is true. It’s not about what you have, it’s about what you do with it. It’s not about circumstances happening to you, it’s about what you choose to do with a challenge. It’s about being grateful for what you have, and by being grateful attract more good things to be grateful for. The law of the universe. Thank you!

Originally posted on TED Blog:


Photo: James Duncan Davidson

David Steindl-Rast is a monk, and a composed, serene figure to wrap up the last session of TEDGlobal 2013. His theme, gratefulness, is also appropriate for the end of a long and intense week. After all, he points out, we all share the same essential goal: to be happy. And gratitude provides the key. “We all know people who have lots of misfortunes that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy, they radiate happiness,” he says. Why are they like this? “Because they are grateful. It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

So how exactly do we live gratefully? “By becoming aware that every moment is a ‘given moment,’ as we say,” Steindl-Rast explains. “It’s a gift. You haven’t earned it or brought it about. And you have no way of assuring there will be another…

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