Want to be happy? Be grateful
I’m a big fan of Ted Talks – such a variety of (brave!) speakers and subjects and I thought I’d share this one with you today:
‘Want to be happy? Be grateful’ by David Steindl-Rast:
‘Want to be happy? Be grateful’ is about about achieving happiness by becoming aware of what we are being freely given. I believe gratitude is a foundation that leads to appreciation of what we have in life, naturally leading to an increase in happiness.
Unlike other videos and books I’ve come across about gratitude which have been delivered from the Buddhist perspective, David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk from New York, has written several books and is the cofounder of gratefulness.org
He defines being grateful as when we’ve accepted something given to us freely, that we value. We didn’t earn it or buy it, we were just given it.
When we’re given this gift, gratitude naturally arises leading to feelings of happiness.
Want to be happy?
It doesn’t have to be complicated…
For me I’ve been recently grateful for my friends’ support and this has made me feel happier. Every time I speak to one of them I’m aware I’m being given love freely. What’s not to feel happy about that?
According to Brother David, the key is to not just experience this gratitude once in a while but become more attuned and open to it all the time, so that every moment becomes a free gift.
Our current lifestyles are so fast paced we rarely stop and notice even the little things around us.
If we managed to stop more often and take notice of what our senses tell us – what life is giving us to enjoy, we may be able to see what life has to offer us and see opportunities.
Even during bad times, when it may be difficult to see what that opportunity is, we can still learn something. I’m working on this one 🙂
I’m going to aim at being more self aware and grabbing little moments of gratitude to seeking out those opportunities to increase my happiness. Nothing to lose and lots to gain…how about you? Going to give it a go?