Soon,  A Network for Grateful Living will be piloting locally-based Grateful Living practice groups throughout the US. The locations for these pilot programs will be announced as soon as the program gets off the ground.  Please contact us if you are interested in membership in one of these groups. Visit our affiliate sites Dankbar Leben and Vivir Agradecidos to learn about groups forming in Europe and South America.

Group Practice Inspiration

Our website is filled with resources and inspiration for informal offline groups. Here are some suggestions that might be useful if you are thinking about forming a group:

  • Visit our Gratefulness in Daily Life to help you and your friends start inwardly and move out to explore how our Earth family belongs together.
  • Use these questions to stimulate conversation and bring focus:
  1. What are you grateful for? (encourage a list or elaborate on one point)
  2. What tools are you using to amplify and inspire your gratitude practice? (such as our Grateful App, a gratitude journal, books, CDs, films, webinars…)
  3. If you are dealing with a challenge, how can the group help you bring gratitude to the experience to find opportunity in it?
  • Take an on-demand gratefulness e-course and make it interactive with your group’s discussion of the materials.
  • Share with each other a poem, a practice, or an experience that you want to see through the lens of gratefulness.
  • Enjoy the hundreds of essays, interviews, poems, and other Resources on Gratefulness.org as springboards for personal and shared reflection.
  • Follow Sample Practices at home and then come together with others to discuss the results.
  • Watch Br. David’s videos together to learn more about grateful living from one of A Network for Grateful Living’s co-founders.  Then share with each other any insights or questions that arose while you watched.
  • Consider what this global ethic of grateful living means for you and your community.
  • Be simply playful together or playful with a purpose:  for instance, go on a nature walk and bring a plastic grocery bag each to clean up litter you find along the way.
  • Pray for each other and the world:  in silence, in words, by candles, through art, even through kind thoughts, which are themselves prayers.
  • Take on a service project which allows you to feel the reciprocity of giving and receiving.