We all need sources of inspiration, provocation, and support to live our best lives. Writing, videos, and audio recordings nourish a commitment to living gratefully. Search here for treasures and draw freely from their gifts…
(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.
(On Being, February, 2016) “Why is the world so beautiful?” This is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes, “Science polishes the gift of seeing, indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language.”
(On Being, February 2016) Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining.
(On Being, January 2016) Br. David speaks to Krista Tippett of mysticism as the birthright of every human being, and of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as full-blooded, reality-based, and redeeming…
(Brain Pickings, March 2015) Maria Popova reviews “Sidewalk Flowers” which tells the wordless story of a little girl on her way home with her device-distracted father, a contemporary Little Red Riding Hood walking through the urban forest. Along the way, she collects wildflowers and leaves them as silent gifts for her fellow participants in this pulsating mystery we call life…
There’s no doubt that the idea of “letting go” — the advice to “let it go” — has become more popular in recent years. Especially in light of the popularization of meditation and mindfulness, it seems people are starting to see that there is a profound power in the act of surrender.
Gratitude is, above all, a social emotion. It’s possible to be happy or miserable and…
(Quartz, January 2014) “My parents simply didn’t have material things to give me so I learned to be thankful for the little we had. So by giving my kids what I never had—toys, snow boots, fashionable jeans—would they be destined to become ungrateful?” Jenn Choi explores this question and comes to some interesting conclusions.
(New York Times, November 2015) Arthur C. Brooks writes, “Choosing to focus on good things makes you feel better than focusing on bad things…In addition to building our own happiness, choosing gratitude can also bring out the best in those around us.”
(Business Insider, November 2015) Faisal Hoque writes how successful entrepreneurs, authors and innovators achieve more, are happier, and make a difference, by consciously practicing gratitude.
(NPR, November 2015) “We are saturated with time. Right now, as you read these words, it’s rolling out from you. It’s filling space with your awareness of this one precious present moment. That, after all, is all the time we ever know. The past is a memory and the future an idea. But this moment, this breath, this deep sigh of relief.”
An extensive oral history / testimony project documenting the role of spiritual experience inside and outside of formal religion, expected and unexpected, told in people’s own words, and brought to life with video and photography. “I was–we were (as several folks in the office crowded ’round)–completely blown away. By its power and dignity, its implicit compassion and yet unblinking eye.” – Ken Burns
(On Being, September 2015) In this season of political madness, I’m grateful to have a “charm” against the language of politics, writes Parker J. Palmer…
(Yes! Magazine, August 2015) A new study shows that meditation can transform racial bias at any age.
Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads $0.00 with only this footnote: “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those who dine after you.” That’s Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity.
(Greater Good Science Center, September 2015) One of the best ways to increase our own happiness is to do things that make other people happy. In countless studies, kindness and generosity have been linked to greater life satisfaction, stronger relationships, and better mental and physical health—generous people even live longer…
(CBS News, September 2015) Open arms await the Pope in the United States and 80,000 have vowed to follow in his footsteps, with acts of kindness. It’s called the “Walk With Francis Pledge.”
(August 2015) From her “Fire it Up with CJ” show on iHeart Radio, CJ Liu interviewed Br. David for nearly an hour where he shares his spiritual journey and his thoughts on why gratefulness is the key to life.
(The Washington Post, August 2015) “Everything has been pleasant for me. So I’m thankful. And hopeful.” With those words, and a big, toothy smile, former President Jimmy Carter, 90, ended his press conference Thursday. He looked so completely, boyishly happy that you could almost forget he’d also announced he has cancer in his brain.
(July 2015) At this year’s American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Exellence in Fiction and Nonfiction award ceremony Bryan Stevenson took home the Carnegie Medal in nonfiction for Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Here is Stevenson’s powerful speech delivered on the same day that President Obama gave a moving eulogy for pastor Clementa Pinckney, who was among the nine murdered a week earlier in a heinous act of racial violence in Charleston.
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