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Want to be Happy? – Be Grateful

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

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  1. Many studies have shown that being grateful to someone can improve our well-being, the level of good physical health, can strengthen our social relationships, produce positive emotional states and help us cope better with periods of stress in our lives.
    We have to thank also because we want the other person to know that we value what he did for us and, hopefully, so we encourage him to help us in the future.
    Gratitude is more than a “social sensitivity”, or a way to make those who have received something to feel better, but reassures others about the value of their help, on the fact that it was actually appreciated, and encourages implementation of more pro-social behaviors.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this TEDTalk! Very inspiring. Practicing gratitude definitely leads to an internal, deep place of equilibrium. And learning to choose and practice gratitude can become a lifelong practice. Thank you, David Steidl-Rast.

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