This month’s Gratitude Art, created by Bailey Sullivan, was inspired by Brother David Steindl-Rast and the wisdom he shared in his well-known TED Talk.


In it, Brother David Steindl-Rast discusses the relationship between gratitude and happiness:

“Is it really the happy people that are grateful?

We all know quite a number of people who have everything that it would take to be happy, and they are not happy, because they want something else or they want more of the same.

And we all know people who have lots of misfortune, misfortune that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy.

They radiate happiness.

You are surprised. Why?

Because they are grateful.

So it is not happiness that makes us grateful. It's gratefulness that makes us happy. If you think it's happiness that makes you grateful, think again. It's gratefulness that makes you happy.”

We hope this art serves as a reminder to foster gratitude for even life’s subtlest gifts.

Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

P.S. Read our latest interview with Kristi Nelson — Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, a nonprofit focused on spreading the wisdom of Brother David Steindl-Rast and the importance of gratitude in our everyday lives and in every moment.

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