Grateful Living and gratefulness are still relatively uncommon terms in our daily lexicon. While a close cousin of happiness and gratitude, gratefulness refers to very particular ways of being that have important distinctions to understand and explore. Grateful Living is an active way of approaching life moment-by-moment that can result in greater ease, peace, compassion, and joy.
Grateful Living is supported by daily practices, habits of mind, and behaviors that are learnable and can be translated and applied to many aspects of our lives. Explore a wide variety of resources that can introduce you to the benefits and applications of gratefulness and grateful living, and/or establish and enrich your practice through deepened understanding of the science and wisdom behind these transformational approaches to life, ourselves and each other.
Try a Sample Practice: Basic, Daily Gratefulness Practice
It takes practice to achieve gratefulness. Here Br. David shares a playful practice using each letter of the alphabet as a prompt.
On July 25, 2016 we gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Br. David…
Research shows that an “attitude of gratitude” can measurably improve our overall well-being. This clever video explains how it works…
Terry Crews talks about the intense breakdance crew he had growing up and shares the secret behind his constant high energy – gratitude.
(September 2016) What if we took nothing for granted? Grateful Living is a lifestyle that can result in greater ease, peace, compassion, and joy. Kristi Nelson discusses the distinctions between gratitude and gratefulness; the value of daily rituals; the importance of community and noticing what’s working in the world; and offers an in-depth introduction to the many features on Gratefulness.org.
I was going through a particularly down period. I was doubting myself and feeling like…
Dedicated to Brother David Steindl-Rast who turned 90 years young on July 12, 2016. Sometimes…
(November, 2013) Musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. This soul-stirring music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers, shines the light on all the small things that make up the beautiful fabric of our lives.
I’m tickled with excitement as I climb higher and higher, the vastness of the valley…
Gratitude is the understanding that many millions of things come together and live together and…
(Lion’s Roar, 2015) Upon his return from a four-year “wandering” retreat, Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Mingyur Rinpoche, shares that the main cause of happiness is gratitude and appreciation.
The earth couldn’t afford to send recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint…
A practice to guide you in starting your day with the aspiration to meet the day’s gifts, challenges and ordinary moments with gratitude.
“What he set in motion singlehandedly has become a worldwide groundswell of gratitude that keeps growing and growing.”
(September, 2010) A powerful and inspiring video in which volunteers talk about how giving impacts them, and the world – “Listening deeply is an amazing act of generosity,” “A shift from isolation to community. When you give you’re actually very connected,” “There is nothing you need that you don’t have to be generous…”
(July, 2014) Alan Watts tells “The Story of the Chinese Farmer,” a parable about life and nature that helps us to stay grounded in truth.
(February, 2016) This Empty Hands offering, ‘Planting Seeds’, is a song inspired by Daniel Nahmod’s original 2006 Water album, that captures the spirit of doing our part (planting the seeds), but then letting go and not holding on to what may come.
Generosity transforms scarcity into abundance, and ultimately into a deep sense of gratitude. View this inspiring 3-minute burst of generosity from the film series on Gratitude Revealed.
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather…
(September, 2012) Richard Leider, best-selling author and executive coach advisor, shares how a moment with his mother taught him more about purpose than years of research and training. “What I learned is that everybody at the end of their lives wants a thank you…”
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