Tip Tuesday: Want to be happy? Be grateful.

Whether this holiday season brought opportunity or adversity, David Steindl-Rast presents tools in a TED Talk on how to practice gratefulness for every moment, good or bad. Gratefulness is a buzzword throughout the holiday season that seems at times to be overplayed or difficult to manifest. However, Steindle-Rast suggests a form of gratefulness anyone can create through recognizing the new and unique opportunities presented by each and every moment, which ultimately leads to happiness.

While Steindl-Rast acknowledges we cannot be grateful for everything, he suggests that in order to experience gratefulness throughout life’s moments and opportunities, one must stop. Look. Go. He also insinuates that in recent years, a “wave of gratefulness” has expanded throughout the world, and this wave says a significant amount about the power of gratefulness and how it can bring about happiness, regardless of time, place or situation.  

There is a wave of gratefulness because people are becoming aware how important this is and how this can change our world. It can change our world in immensely important ways, because if you're grateful, you're not fearful, and if you're not fearful, you're not violent. If you're grateful, you act out of a sense of enough and not of a sense of scarcity, and you are willing to share. If you are grateful, you are enjoying the differences between people, and you are respectful to everybody, and that changes this power pyramid under which we live.

Watch David Steindl-Rast’s full TED Talk below and let us know how you conceptualize gratefulness and happiness during the holiday season, and beyond.