How to be happy? That is often a question. There is many times those who feel 'blue' during the holidays for a number of reasons. In my youth I remember a certain feeling of 'blue' during all of the holidays, particularly those of Christmas and New Years. Sometimes it is an upset in a regular schedule or even the missing of a particular loved one. This makes the holidays particularly difficult in striving to keep or hold onto this sense of happiness.
How to be happy? Br. David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictian Monk who has deeply examined this connection between Gratefulness and Happiness. It is a blessing to listen to his words and to engage a little bit of gratefulness each day that we may become truly happy, even with a little bit of blue.
TED Talk: Want to be happy? Be grateful | David Steindl-Rast
"In the solitude and silence of the wilderness..., for their labor in the contest, God gives his athletes the reward they desire: a peace that the world does not know and joy in the Holy Spirit."
Husband & father of four, graduate from Quincy University and currently a grad student at Franciscan University. Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry for All Saints Parish since January 2012.