For many years, our friends from Germany, Switzerland and Austria have been closely involved with Br. David and have been an integral part of our Network for Grateful Living.  In 2012, a group gathered in Austria and out of that gathering, Dankbar Leben sprang from their collective hearts and hard work. You can read about some of the amazing accomplishments of this group here in this update, and stay informed by visiting Netzwerk Dankbar Leben.

Br. David monk

Bruder David:  You can also find German resources and translations of Br. David’s writings here.

In 2012, Br. David visited Argentina and a group of devoted friends there started this chapter to serve South America, and Spanish-speaking communities around the world. Vivir Agradecidos has grown by leaps and bounds in these few years, publishing the beautiful coffee table book, Celebration, and serving many friends with their writings, gatherings, and grateful action.

We were delighted when our friends in Brazil proposed the creation of a site to share Br. David’s teachings, along with other content and tools from gratefulness.org, with Portuguese-speaking people around the world. In 2016, Viveragradecidos.org, a beautiful labor of love, was launched to “encourage and inspire those who need and desire to open their hearts to all that makes us feel totally alive.” 


The following are links to translations of writings by Br. David Steindl-Rast and Kristi Nelson into Dutch and Chinese…


budding chestnut

This budding chestnut symbolizes ‘Dankbaar Leven, ‘ the beginning of a Dutch network of gratefulness. Attracted by the idea that gratitude is not only a feeling, but can also be a deliberate choice, something you can practice, a number of people in the Netherlands came together in October 2015. Br. David’s approach to grateful living has become a great inspiration for them and his writings are an invaluable support for practising this attitude in daily life. By offering a page in Dutch they want to enable Dutch speaking people to find this source of inspiration more easily, in this way expanding the Dutch network ‘Dankbaar Leven.’ See our Welcome page and our Facebook page.

Chinese Gratefulness

Br. David visited Father Joseph Yim in Hong Kong, China.  They, along with translator Rosa Pang, have been excited about sharing Grateful Living Practice  through these translations.