As you probably know by now, I’m all about the TED Talks while I’m walking to work. The way it usually goes is that I get really into a certain topic for a few days and then take a break from TED and listen to music for the rest of the week so I don’t overload and burn out on too much info. A week or two ago, I listened to David Steindl-Rast’s talk on gratitude, and it totally spurred a week-long binge of TED Talks on mindfulness (which leads to gratitude, which leads to happiness). Yes, we all know the saying, “stop and smell the roses,” but how often do we internalize it and actually do it? I can honestly say that in the past two weeks, I have literally stopped and smelled the [trees, breeze, flowers, grass, etc] AT LEAST ONCE EVERY DAY. And dayummmm what a difference it’s made! I feel so much more alive and positive and appreciative of this gorgeous world and my opportunity to experience it!
Check out some of these life-changers below, and let me know if you feel the difference, too :]
Want to be Happy? Be Grateful. by David Steindl-Rast
“Every moment is a gift. We have not bought it; we have not earned it. It is simply given to us. And with this moment is given to us OPPORTUNITY.” “It is not happiness that makes you grateful, it is gratefulness that makes you happy.”
All It Takes Is Ten Mindful Minutes by Andy Puddicombe
“The present moment is so underrated, it sounds so ordinary. And yet we spend so little time in the present moment that it’s anything but ordinary.” “On average, our minds are lost in thought almost 47% of the time. At the same time, this sort of constant mind-wandering is also a direct cause of unhappiness. We’re not here for that long, anyway, but to spend almost half of our life lost in thought and potentially quite unhappy, it kind of seems tragic!”
In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore
“By slowing down at the right moments, people find that they do everything better: they eat better, they make love better, they exercise better, they work better, they live better.”
The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer
“Experience may be how we decorate our homes, our lives, but stillness is how we give them meaning.”
Here’s to being present and grateful and really enjoying our time here on Earth :] If you’ve got any talks on this to recommend, as always, please share them in the comments below!