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Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast offers a recipe for happiness that mirrors the advice parents teach their children when crossing a street: “stop, look, go.” Pause throughout your busy day to cherish the beauty of each moment, and feel grateful for the opportunity that lies within. Gratitude, he gently explains, is responsible for making you feel happy. getAbstract is grateful for this contemplative oration from a learned, respected spiritual leader.

About the Speaker

David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk from the Mount Saviour monastery in New York. He is also an interfaith scholar, lecturer and author.



What makes people happy differs from person to person, but the desire for happiness is a craving all humans share. Some people benefit from every advantage and fortune yet remain unhappy. Their yearning for what they don’t have, or more of what they do, makes them feel discontented. Conversely, many people who suffer from great adversity experience abundant happiness. These people are happy because they have the ability to be grateful. “So, it is not happiness that makes you grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes you happy.”

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