Gratefulness, The Secret Key to Happiness

If there’s one thing that we all have in common, it’s that each of us wants to be happy. This video is presented by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar, who believes that happiness is born from gratitude. He teaches us the importance of slowing down, looking where you're going, and above all, being grateful.

“it is not happiness that makes us grateful” but “gratefulness that makes us happy”.

Many of us think that if we just have this or that, that we’ll be happy. But material items never last long. They break, they age, they get outdated and before you know it, it’s become clutter. Some people have everything: the money, the perfect significant other, the job, the house. Yet they’re never happy. What many of these people are missing, is gratefulness.

Every moment is a gift. We never know what the next moment will bring. The present brings us the opportunity to enjoy and do something. What we do with our time is up to us. Every moment is a new opportunity. A new opportunity to do something different, to do something important, to do something good that benefits others.

Some moments may give us grief and pain but another moment will give us a new opportunity if we are willing to take advantage of it. When something bad happens, it’s a challenge to rise through to a new opportunity.

Take a few minutes to listen to Brother David Steindl-Rast’s powerful message


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