This is one of our favorite TED Talks. It is full of real wisdom, delivered honestly.

Brother David Steindl-Rast gets us warmed up by talking about 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 love how he flips the typical narrative.

There is another point we want to highlight, but to keep this email short and to the point, we will share it tomorrow. Part two of our favorite learnings from this TED Talk coming your way soon!

Mike and Dave Radparvar
Co-Founders, Holstee

P.S. Gratitude is one of our favorite topics at Holstee, and one of the 12 themes we explore every year with our Members. Learn more →

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