Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
I wake up in the morning asking myself what can I do today, how can I help the world today.
Julia Butterfly Hill

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Lang Elliott shares his gratitude for robins in words, photos and sound!

Celebrate upcoming Earth Day with some Grateful News.

Kristi Nelson writes about cultivating a capacity for gratefulness in this Huffington Post blog.

The song Dayenu reminds James Baraz of the joy of Passover every year.

Br. David writes about Easter Eggs and this season of hope.

Spring and Seasonal E-cards are up!

Itadakimasu is a grateful prayer of abundance by John J. Brugaletta.

In "Just Crabapples," Roger Voight finds tending to his tree all year round nurtures him just as much.

Turning toxic waters full of chemical waste to art? Sounds like Grateful News...

Many people celebrate Lent this month. Read Br. David's User-friendly Lent (also in German).

How can we be ready for whatever comes? Create a "Clearing," says poet Morgan Farley.

Read Br. David's recollections (also in German) of Thomas Merton on this, the 100th Anniversary of his birth.

Read about the exciting accomplishments of our Grateful Living Affiliates in Argentina and Europe.

Enjoy this surprising Grateful News about goats, a 90-year-old designer, and the origins of inventions.

Curious about our non-profit organization? Read our recent Annual Report.

Anne Hillman has us contemplating new beginnings in her poem "We Look With Uncertainty."

6 Surprising Reasons Why Gratitude is Great for Your Health.

Learn about the exquisite new book, "Celebration: Br. David in Patagonia."

There are still spots in two Esalen film seminars with Br. David and Francis Lu in July 2015.

Entrepreneur picks Br. David's TED talk as one of the best to motivate you this year!

Br. David wishes you a "singing heart" not only in this season, but every day of the coming year.

“Within our reach, is joy" writes Fra Giovanni Giocondo in his reassuring Christmas Eve letter of 1513.

“I wish you, at this season, peace as deep as a winter night.." writes Br. David in our December newsletter.

Light a Candle for beloved teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

As you consider your year-end giving, we welcome your contributions - and your dedications for your gifts.

Thank you, to all who helped us to surpass our Indiegogo campaign goal!

Interesting health news about Science and Practice of Gratitude.

The Spiritual Challenge of Our Time - a limited-time, free download of this archival talk by Br. David.

There's still room for you at the Art of Gratefulness workshop December 19-21 at Esalen!

Are you open enough to notice and receive the blessings in your life?

Need some grateful living practice ideas? Here are 30 suggestions for you.

We are excited about the 99+ Things That You Will Love about our upcoming new website!

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Calendar

Apr 12 - Apr 18, Volunteer Week — Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people donating their time and skills to serve in your community or your organization.

Apr 17 - Apr 19, Global Youth Service Day — Sponsored by the Youth Service America, thousands of volunteers all over the world will work on green projects, focusing on healthful living and climate change solutions. »

Apr 21, Birthday of John Muir (1838 - 1914) — Scottish-born American conservationist who humorously described himself as a “poetico-trampo-geologist-botanist and ornithologist-naturalist etc.” Muir promoted the creation of national parks and co-founded the Sierra Club, becoming its first president. »

Apr 21, Birthday of Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855) — British author, sister of writers Anne and Emily ("the Bronte Sisters"). Her novels Jane Eyre (1847), Shirley (1849), and Villette (1853) revolutionized romantic fiction, showing women’s indomitable spirit in the face of hardship and social repression.

Apr 21, Birthday of Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ (b. 1939) — American advocate for death-penalty moratorium. Her Pulitzer-nominated book, Dead Man Walking – the basis for an opera and a film (1996) -- looks at the human consequences of capital punishment through the lens of her prison ministry.

Apr 22, Earth Day — On this day we recognize our urgent need to protect Earth and all her species. Grateful for the life-giving resources and beauty which nature bestows on us, we vow to heal and support her. »

Apr 22, Administrative Professionals Day — This is the day to wake up and be grateful to those on the front lines of the administrative workforce whom we tend to take for granted. »

Apr 22, Birthday of Yehudi Menuhin (1916 - 1999) — Violin virtuoso, conductor, statesman, and humanitarian, with dual citizenship in the United States and Great Britain. He described music as a therapeutic means of communication “far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more effective." »

Apr 23, Birthday of Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953) — Russian composer and pianist, who wrote his first opera at age 9. Prokofiev completed the symphonic fairytale "Peter and the Wolf" -- "to cultivate musical tastes in children from the first years of school” -- in only four days. »

Apr 23, Birthday of William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) — English-born playwright, poet, actor, and dramatist, for whom there are worldwide festivals and societies. Many familiar expressions - such as "All that glitters is not gold" and "Parting is such sweet sorrow" - come from his writings. »

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Thank you for this website. It helps me in a difficult time of my life to think about my thoughts. A secret place in each day to be with myself.

— Silvia, Paris, France

It is not the events, happenings, burdens that affect us, but how we take them, carry them, embrace them, with gratitude or resistance. May we all be anointed with gratitude every moment.

— Pius Thekemury, Patna, India

Obrigada por fazerem esse site pra que outras pessoas possam rezar tambem. (Thank you for making this site for others to also pray).

— RRS, São Paulo, Brasil

Dank u voor het creëren en onderhouden van zo'n site waar je in een moment van stilte u emoties kan uiten. (Thank you for creating and maintaining such a site where, in a moment of silence, you can express emotions).

— GE, Belgium

What a beautiful way to express gratitude, or ask for help or forgiveness or justice.

— Susan, Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

I am so grateful you offered this site for us to come to, and to lite a candle, sit quietly and reflect on our loved one on an anniversary of or a recent loss, or for whatever reason we are here. Thank you so much, what a blessing you bring.

— Janet Barnett, Bakersfield, CA, USA

Dziękuję piękna strona , SZCZESC BOZE. (Thank you beautiful site, God Bless).

— Helena, Poland

Mit tiefer, lebendiger, tanzender Freude in meinem Herzen, begrüße ich Dich hier und JETZT, mit all meinem tiefen Respekt und Liebe, wundervolles zärtliches Herz. Wundervoll, tiefen herzlichen Dank für diese Webseite ... ♡♡♡♡ (With deep, living dancing joy in my heart, I welcome you here and NOW, with all my deep respect and love, wonderful tender heart. Wonderful, deep thank you for this website ... ♡♡♡♡)

— OMesh, Germany