Want to be happy? Be grateful – David Steindl-Rast


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David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful

We get many things in our life something makes us happy make us feel grateful for it. Today’s TED talk by David Steindl-Rast on the topic Want to be happy? Be grateful is touching the most important part of over daily lives. We all want to be happy but we are not sure how to be happy. Please take your time to listen to this awesome TED talk.


It is so simple theory that if we want to be happy we should be grateful for what we have. But in this world, we are worried for the physical possessions and we hardly have time to be grateful for what we have.

Whatever comes to our life we should be grateful for it, whether good or bad. Everything in our life happens for a reason and it is happening to teach us a lesson. From the good things or the worst things we can learn something and it helps us to grow and become a better person. If you want to be grateful for what you have, consider leaving everything for a week. I tried it and it really works. There are many areas in the world where people do not have water to drink, we are so lucky that we can get water so easily. As we are receiving it easily we are not considering any value of it and taking it as granted.

I tried to go and live in the areas where I can hardly find any amenities and the more I spent my time alone, attachment to those things are reduced. I was a person who can not live with mobile or the internet, but not even if I do not have any of them it doesn’t matter.

Being grateful is the way to enjoy the life freely. If we are grateful for anything it gives us the bonded feeling. From my viewpoint, we should be grateful for everything whether it has life or not. The more you be grateful for things and events, the more you will walk on the spiritual path. You will have the different vision for the world and your surroundings. You will learn to take everything easily and feel the calmness in the life.