TED Talk a Day - Day 10: Want to be happy? Be grateful by David Steindl-Rast

I'm noticing a "happiness" theme in many of the talks that i've been watching.  Don't know what that says about me...  Anyways, here are my notes:
  • All of us want to be happy
  • It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it's gratefulness that makes us happy
  • Gratefulness comes from something that is valuable to us and given to us as a gift
  • By experiencing, by becoming aware, that every moment is a given moment, It's a gift.  You haven't earned it, you haven't brought it about in any way, you have no way of assuring that there will be another moment given to you, and yet that's the most valuable thing that could ever be given to us.  This moment, will all the opportunity that it contains.  If we didn't have this present moment, we wouldn't have any opportunity to do or experience anything.  And this moment is a gift.
  • Opportunity is the gift within every gift
  • Most of the time what is given to us is opportunity to enjoy and we only miss it because we are rushing through life and we are not stopping to see the opportunity
  • The road to peace is not a sprint, but it's more like a marathon
  • Stop -- Look -- Go
  • We have to build "stop signs" into our lives. (reminding us to slow down and enjoy the present moment)
  • Nothing makes us more happy than when all of us are happy
  • When we open our hearts to the opportunities, the opportunities invite us to DO something
  • If you are grateful, you are not fearful.  If you're not fearful you're not violent.  If you are grateful, you act out of a sense of enough -- and not a sense of scarcity, and you're willing to share.  If you are grateful, you're enjoying the differences between people and you are respectful to everybody.  That changes this "power pyramid" under which we live.  It doesn't make for equality but it makes for equal respect and that is the important thing.  The future will be a network, not a pyramid.
  • Grateful people are joyful people.
Enjoy the talk.