Gratitude and Happiness

Today’s #TedTalkTuesday offers us some food for thought this Thanksgiving week.

“All of us want to be happy.” Monk and interfaith scholar David Steindl-Rast begins his touching TedTalk with this simple proposition. It might seem, then, that happiness yields gratitude—when we’re happy we feel grateful. But Steindl-Rast argues the opposite. It is gratitude that leads to happiness, he explains, not the other way around. In TED’s words, it’s “an inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.”

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