Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful.

No matter who you are or where you are, everyone in the world wants the same thing: to be happy. But there’s no magic pill or foolproof recipe for happiness. Most of us want the easy way to bliss, the feel-good shortcut.

Or perhaps the secret to happiness is more stuff. More money. More, more, more. Yet even some of the richest people often aren’t happy. In his moving speech, Catholic Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast offers a different path to happiness, one that can be patiently drawn from the simple yet potent daily practice of being grateful and sharing your gratitude with others. In his view, happiness is yours if you’re mindful in the moment and “stop, look, go.”