Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
My profession is to always be on the alert to find God in nature, to know his lurking places, to attend all the oratorios, the operas, in nature.
Henry David Thoreau

What's New

Deepen your appreciation of relationships through these special films.

This month's Grateful News is a lot about peacemaking...

NEW! A DVD of Br. David and Jack Kornfield - an inspiring conversation on video.

"To say 'yes' to this limitless mutual belonging is love," says Br. David in Encounter with God Through the Senses.

Listen to a radio interview with our own Kristi Nelson about living a "full-blown" life, a grateful life.

Tiniest moves forward are like miracles in this poem by Dale Biron.

Brighten someone's life with a Summer e-card!

In this final part of "Grateful Heart, Joyful Heart", we thank Life for its blessings and its lessons.

Honor your favorite graduate with an ecard.

In loving memory of our dear friend, Angeles Arrien, please join us in lighting a candle for her on July 24.

From intergenerational richness to environmental advances, June's Grateful News is bound to make you smile!

This month's Grateful News gives us new ideas to help and heal our world community.

Br. David "invokes responsiveness, rather than just our response," Clare Hallward writes in Part 4 of "Br. David, a Portrait".

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Kristi Nelson!

What happens One Morning when we do away with entitlement, blame and anger?

Let us be grateful for the wondrous givens in life!

Rabbi Abraham Heschel eloquently expresses how witnessing wonder can change the way we treat the Earth and each other.

Explore our Caring for Earth topic and scroll down to find this Portrait of Wendell Berry, poet/farmer/eco-activist.  

In Br. David, a Portrait, Part 3, Br. David explores Buddhist-Christian dialogue in the 1960s.

In gratitude for our unfathomably magnificent planet, send an Earth Day e-card.

There may be reason for optimism for mankind in this month's Grateful News.

"Here we lie entranced by the starlit water" writes poet Kenneth Rexroth in Another Spring.

What is the source of happiness? Br. David answers in this Huffington Post interview.

Send an Easter or Passover ecard, or choose from our collection for all occasions.

Br. David and the Vienna Boys' Choir celebrate music & gratefulness in May! See also in Deutsch.

Share the joy of the Equinox and the change in seasons with an e-card!

Support a lifetime of appreciative presence with these 6 Habits of Highly Grateful People.

Considering all the pain and suffering in the world, can we find joy in our lives?

In honor of the great gift of water, we offer this traditional Irish rain blessing.

How can gratefulness lessen our anxiety about money? ANG*L Board member Dr. Brenda Wade tells us how (scroll down to Links).

With grateful love, we light a candle for Karin Murad Merwanji, our long-time volunteer, who died last week.

March Grateful News celebrates those who rise above adversity.

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Calendar

Jul 30, Birthday of Emily Bronte (1818 - 1848) — English poet and novelist famed for her Wuthering Heights (1847), considered to be a Gothic classic. The three Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) each contributed to the literature of their own time and enjoy acclaim and popularity today. »

Jul 31, Birthday of J.K. Rowling (1965-) — Author of the best-selling Harry Potter series, originally penned in a café during her daughter’s naps. Children around the world are grateful that when the idea for Harry Potter “just fell into [her] head,” J.K. Rowling let her imagination run free.

Jul 31, Festival of Lammas — Ancient pagan festival of "Loaf Mass" – also known as Midsummer – still observed in some communities with thanks for the beginning of the grain harvest. People offer prayers, sell crafts and livestock, and feast on fresh-baked bread. »

Aug 1, Birthday of Herman Melville — American writer (1819-1891) who based his books, notably the great whaling novel Moby Dick, on his compelling experiences as a sailor. His life work of gratitude can be seen in his willingness “to wrestle with the angel – Art." »

Aug 2, International Forgiveness Day — This global holiday honors the power of forgiveness to heal both individual relationships and society. Setting aside with clear intention the burden of resentment allows a fresh take on gratitude. »

Aug 5, Death day of Isaac Ben Solomon Luria — Kabbalist mystic (1534-1572) called “Ari” (“Lion”) by his followers, who taught the need to restore cosmic harmony through meditation. »

Aug 5, Birthday of Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892) — Victorian poet who served as British Poet Laureate for over 40 years. Among his best-known works are “Crossing the Bar,” Idylls of the King, and “Charge of the Light Brigade.” He tells us, "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." »

Aug 4 - Aug 5, Tish'a B'Av — Also known as the Fast of the Ninth of Av, this is a day of fasting and mourning for the many tragedies which have befallen the Jewish people at this time of year. We offer prayers of solace and renew our commitment to build harmony among all people.

Aug 6, Transfiguration Day (Western Christian Churches) — This feast celebrates the transparency of all creation for the Divine Light. When Jesus and his three favorite disciples climbed Mount Tabor to pray, he appeared before them shining like the sun, accompanied by the prophets Moses and Elias. »

Aug 6, Introduction of the World Wide Web — In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee shared the files of his project that aimed "to allow links to be made to any information anywhere.” »

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Since finding this site I like to call often. My heart is gladdened by knowing so many others are here too in Faith, in Longing and Heartfelt Gratitude.

— Fiona, Northern Ireland

So grateful for your messages of love, inspiration and motivation to live in the resonance of gratitude. Your work is so important in a suffering world.

— Donna, Canada

Blessings and thanks to all the team at Gratefulness for your wonderful work and the inspirational resources you make freely available for all.

— Phil Ewing, Cornwall UK

So grateful for your website, which encourages, inspires, supports and gifts me, constantly. I am grateful I had courage and strength to bring my family on my own, in a foreign country.

— Angela Minton, Masterton. Wairarapa. New Zealand

Thank you very much for this Website, it is so lovely to be able to just light a candle, it is simply so beautiful.

— Lesley, UK

I have returned to the forum after several years.....felt a calling to come back......its soooooooo soothing and like coming back to the bosom of your mom....... I even lit a candle which was such a therapy...!!!!!!!!! OM !!!

— Nita, India

Thank You for this website.

— Clive Carter, South Africa

toda la informaciòn sobre gratefulness llega a mì en tiempos en los que he perdido el rumbo y la fe. agradezco haberlos encontrado (all the information about gratefulness comes to me at a time when I lost direction and faith. I am grateful to have found you)!!!

— Silvia t, Argentina