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The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. And happiness is born from gratitude. (Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar.)

I didn’t have anything special today, but it was just a grateful day thanks to the five things I would like to share.

1. Podcast on happiness
Without this, maybe today could have been just another day.

On my way to the swimming pool today, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts (TED Radio Hour), the topic was “Simply Happy“. Among several TED speeches, there was David Steindl-Rast’s talk “Want to be happy? Be gratefulIt all begins”. The main point of his talk is very simple but intuitive, which is as follows:
Happiness→Gratefulness (X)
Gratefulness→Happiness (O)

Also, this talk reminded me of the following video which combines his narration with very beautiful images. I watch it several times per year to remind myself of the importance of gratefulness.
【Gratitude HD – Moving Art™】

2. Movie theater staff
After swimming, I went to the movie theater for two reasons: to see the movie I couldn’t watch last week due to the incident (for the detail, please see 10 Ups and Downs in the Cinema), and to thank employees who helped me to find my cellphone.

With my poor Mongolian and gesture, I expressed my gratitude for what they did. Although I was the one who thanked them, their smile made me feel good.

3. Movie
The movie I wanted to see is called “The Martian”. It’s about an astronaut (Matt Damon) who was left behind alone on the mars and had to survive for long time. Its difficult condition taught me how lucky I am to be able to live without extreme difficulty. The movie itself was great (I was moved to tears, wetting 3D glasses).
【Trailer: The Martian】

4. Nature
After leaving the theater, outside landscape was completely different from when I entered (Mongolian winter has not come yet).
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When I see the change of the season, I tend to feel that nothing remains the same. Especially, I like the snow, because the footprint reminds me of the path of our lives.

5. Cooking
After getting home with full of snow, I started cooking 2kg of chicken for the coming week’s lunch and dinner. Although I have cooked chicken so many times, this time was a bit different because of the above mentioned things happened today. Thanks to these chickens, I can feed myself and work with energy. So every time I cut them into pieces and took bones out, I felt grateful for the ingredients.

Nothing special happened today, but I think that was pretty special.

This time, I leaned that:

Nothing remains the same but you are still there, which is worth appreciating, and that gratefulness also makes me feel better.


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