David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful (TED talk)

We all have one thing in common – that we want to be happy. Happiness means different things to each person, but the goal of happiness is the same.

We all know people who have everything you might think they need to make them happy, yet they are still looking for something else. And we all know people who have misfortune, yet they are deeply happy, they radiate happiness. Why? Because they are grateful.

It’s not happiness which makes you grateful, it’s gratefulness which makes you happy.

So, how can we learn to be grateful at all times? There’s a simple method, similar to one we were all taught as children when crossing the road: stop, look, and go.

How often do we actually stop? We tend to rush through life, and miss the opportunity to be grateful. We need to build stop signs into our lives. Then we need to take the time and effort to simply look, look around us at what we have, and what we can truly be grateful for. Turning on your tap and getting running cold water is something to be grateful for – not everybody has this luxury.

Grateful people are joyful people – there more grateful people we can have in the world, the more joyful and better the world will be.

(Part of TED a day for June)

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