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The Power of Kindness - Elizabeth Millard, in the May 2015 issue of ExperienceL!fe magazine writes that kindness isn’t just good for your karma. It’s good for your health and vitality, too. How to cultivate kindness? “Often, kindness is just about stopping in your tracks and becoming aware of what you have,” says Kristi Nelson. NEW!

Finding Gratitude In Familiar Places - "What are you most thankful for?" asks the Huffington Post. Kristi Nelson answers in this blog from March 31, 2015, "The capacity for gratefulness truly trumps all reasons to be thankful."

The Monk Keys - Sometimes it is good to inject some humor into our spiritual practice. Jeanette Leigh has spent some time with Br. David and shares some of his wise words with her unique witty perspective.

Why We Lost Leisure: David Steindl-Rast on Purposeful Work, Play, and How to Find Meaning in the Magnificent Superfluities of Life - In her Brain Pickings blog, Maria Popova delves deeply into Br. David's thoughts about "When our purposeful work also is meaningful, we will have a good time in the midst of it."

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions - Br. David's TED talk was selected as one of these top talks, by Entrepreneur, December 29, 2014, to help you "get physically or financially fit or both -- or just to be a better, happier you all-around."

Does Gratitude Bring Happiness? - Sheila M. Eldred Interviewed Br. David for Discovery News, November 27, 2014, along with scientists and psychologist, who agree with Br. David that “Grateful attention is the key to joy.”

Lessons from a Benedictine Monk, Brother David - Nipun Mehta spent a week on retreat in Italy with Br. David this summer, and writes about the surprises and nuggets of wisdom from this time and their former brief connections. September 7, 2014, a blog entry on Service Space.

Gratitude Vs. Grateful Living - Kristi Nelson was interviewed on June 17, 2014 on Lillian McDermott's Radio Show, When You Need a Friend. An hour-long chat about Kristi's take on living life in a "full-blown" way, which IS living gratefully.

The Source of Happiness -- An Interview with Brother David - In this interview for the Huffington Post (March 27, 2014) Suza Scalora feels Br. David's childlike sense of wonder and joy fill the room, as he offers age-old wisdom about grateful living practice.

Is There a Secret to Happiness? - NPR's Guy Raz interviews several people for the TED Radio Hour, February 14, 2014, and plays an audio excerpt from Br. David's TED talk, What Does it Take to Be Grateful? : An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you're going, and above all, being grateful.

Radical Gratitude - According to writer Caroline Watkins of the Roanoke Star (February 26, 2014) "'s Word for the Day is the only daily e-mail I receive by choice, aside from the Harvard Business Review’s Daily Alert to which I am woefully inattentive." This led her to Br. David's teachings and the idea that gratefulness can change the world.

Monge beneditino explica como a gratidão pode trazer felicidade - Brazilian tv network TVGlobo, interviewed Br. David for a popular Sunday night program, Fantástico, about how we can apply generosity in our routines. These are excerpts - with English, Spanish, and German subtitles - from his interview, broadcast on January 2, 2014. The original show - about making a New Year's resolution to have more gratitude for what life gives us - was aired on December 29, 2013: Projeto incentiva pessoas que não se conhecem a se ajudarem.

A Non-cheesy Guide to Gratefulness - Journalist Jessica Gross writes about "The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer": Br. David's TED talk about gratefulness paving the way to happiness. November 27, 2013, on the TED blog.

The Holiday Season: Try Gratefulness & Gratitude - ANG*L Board members Dale Biron and Linda Larsson talk with host Joan Kenley about how daily gestures of Gratefulness, Gratitude, and Thanks Giving can fill your life with more joy, peace, and meaning. This podcast is a re-broadcast of a November 2008 show on the Joan Kenley Show.

Gratitude - Can gratitude break ingrained patterns of resentment and a sense of entitlement? Br. David is interviewed along with others on Kerry Stewart's ABC Radio National's Encounter program.  Live on Sept. 7 & 11, then streamed for 4 weeks.  See also the related article, "Bringing Back Gratitude to a Secular World."

Want to be happy? Be grateful: Br. David Steindl-Rast at TEDGlobal 2013 on how gratefulness can "change our world in immensely important ways: a nonviolent revolution that even revolutionizes the concept of revolution." (June 14, 2013)

David Steindl-Rast on the gentle power of gratefulness
Br. David had the honor of closing the 2013 TEDGlobal conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland.  TED's Susan Zimmerman sat down with him before his talk to ask him a few questions. (June 14, 2013)

Is Gratitude the Path to a Better World?  Jill Suttie, Psy.D., interviews Br. David Steindl-Rast for Greater Good:  The Science of a Meaningful Life. (May 29, 2013)

Interview with Br. David Steindl-Rast:  Toni Powell asks Br. David some questions on the occasion of the release of his new book, 99 Blessings.  (Goodness Gracious Me, February 25, 2013)

Skip the Resolutions and Stick to the Practices - "Practicing gratitude everyday, in many different ways, creates an abundance of good," writes Connie Corley for the Huffington Post, January 5, 2013. What could be a better way to start the New Year?

The Benefits of Gratitude - With science supporting the idea that being grateful is good for us, three personal stories illustrate the importance of the gift.  Story by Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2012.

When Mindfulness Meets Compassion - Close Encounters in Contemplative Science - by Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. Huffington Post, November 9, 2012.  Brother David and others at International Symposia on Contemplative Studies illuminate the emergent frontier of the basic research and application of the deep, healing and transforming power of compassion.

World Food Day - “Catholic charities are at the forefront of feeding the poor and the hungry,” said Brother David Steindl-Rast at the inauguration of the Hong Kong Vegetarian Association at the Hong Kong Diocese Centre on World Food Day.  (Sunday Examiner, October 27, 2012.)

Dalai Lama’s Visit to Boston Prompts Laughter, Contemplation -
by Martine Powers, The Boston Globe.  The Dalai Lama’s lecture on October 14, 2012 in Boston, MA, “Beyond Religion: Ethics, Values, and Wellbeing,” centered on the moral commonalities between religions and the overlap between science and human compassion.  It was followed by discussion with Father Thomas Keating and Br. David Steindl-Rast.
View event photos by Brian Walters and Christopher Michel.

A Place Where Happiness Is Truly Supreme - This October 2, 2012 Huffington Post blog by Ed and Deb Shapiro quotes Br. David Steindl-Rast (" Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands...") in the context of Gross National Happiness.

Moments of Gratefulness - In a series this season on Healing Quest television for PBS, Dr. Brenda Wade -- author, clinical psychologist, and board member of A Network for Grateful Living -- explains how the practice of gratefulness can bring more peace and happiness into life.

Gratitude movement leader to speak in S.F., from The San Francisco Chronicle, June 18, 2012, by Don Lattin.  "Are we in the middle of a gratitude movement?" By the looks of the upcoming Pathways to Gratefulness summit with spiritual leader Brother David and an array of participating gratitude scholars, artists, and researchers, Lattin's answer is "yes."

Reflections on Wisdom, Wellness, and Wholeness, from The Huffington Post, May 30, 2012, by Joel and Michelle Levy.  All the world's great wisdom traditions remind us that we have both an ordinary and an extraordinary identity. Br. David adds here, “Spiritual practice helps us to discover and shift more of the "weight of our identity" to the true universal self, which is a selfless non-dual state of being.”

The Joy of Quiet - Pico Iyer's New York Times opinion piece describes "something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as 'that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.'” (December 29, 2011)

ANG*L on “Out of Bounds” - In this November 24, 2011 interview with NPR’s Tish Pearlman, Margaret Wakeley – Community Development Coordinator for A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) – discusses her career as a vocalist, recording artist, and voice-over actor, and her “day job” (which is ever so much more than that) with ANG*L.

Wie wir sinn-voll leben können - The November 2011 Frauen Fachakademie Info-letter describes the lecture given by Br. David Steindl-Rast and Pater Johannes Pausch, offering also this photo gallery.

Gratitude: A Healthy Recipe for Thanksgiving - Gratitude is an ethic that experts now see as equally secular and religious – not to mention a healthy recipe for Thanksgiving all year round.
(By Mary Beth McCauley, Christian Science Monitor correspondent, November 19, 2011)

Conscious Business: An Enlightened Business Model for the 21st Century - A meeting at Esalen with Brother David, systems thinkers, and progressive Business leaders results in ideas for a new paradigm for success in business.

So Much Gratitude - The blog "This Give Me Hope:  Finding 1001 reasons to be optimistic" by Cathryn Wellner invites people to come to and be refreshed.  (June 17, 2011)

Morning Coffee - In her Heart of the Matter blog,
Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB quotes Brother David when she reflects about that first cup of coffee and the meaning of life.
(May 2011 - Monasteries of the Heart)

"Just Say Thanks" - "Practicing gratitude is good for your well-being:  You'll sleep better, exercise more, feel more energetic and optimistic, and even be less envious of others.  You can reap all these benefits with a very small time investment:  In one study, people who spent just 10 to 15 minutes writing a one-page letter of gratitude every two weeks for a six-week period experienced a significant boost in their happiness.  Sincerely!"  (Jan./Feb. 2011, Weight Watchers magazine)

A Blessing Time: Gratitude In the Midst Of Uncertainty - Dr. Judith Rich offers A Good Day as a "5-minute mental health break" and lists several practice ideas from
(November 2010 - Huffington Post).

Dr. Kirsten Igro writes about the role of gratefulness in parenting special-needs children in "A Small Bit of Gratitude" (September 2010) and "Close to My Bosom" (October 2010).

In this summer 2010 interview, Living the Apostle's Creed, Br. David Steindl-Rast, co-founder of, gives a fascinating re-interpretation of one of Christianity's oldest and most cherished texts.

A Network for Grateful Living was mentioned in the print edition of Sacred Fire Magazine, P. 9, Issue 11, June 2010, in their "Flint and Tinder" section. For the contents of this issue, see this page.

How a Little Thank You Goes a Long Way - According to scientific studies, gratitude can transform your health and happiness, writes Roisin Ingle in the June 12, 2010 Irish Times, mentioning as a helpful resource.

In a special story to CNN, "Grief Finds Connection, Healing Online," Stephanie Goldberg touches upon the role that services play in the grieving process. 
(March 26, 2010.)

Mary Hyne's CBC radio podcast of "Let There Be Light" explores with Quaker author Brent Bill the idea of Light as a metaphor for the Divine and how the virtual candles on can move and connect us (December 27, 2009).

"How Do Animals Teach Gratefulness?" is an essay by Mark and Karen Schindler for their Unity of Auburn newsletter.  Their new puppy Tara leads them to discover more about (November 2009).

In Stephen Hough's blog, "Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving", he considers the sentiments in Br. David's video "A Good Day": are they tired clichés?  Or are we skeptical cynics, missing the point? (November 25, 2009).

In this blog, "Contemplating Harvest Moments with a Grateful Heart," Liz Budd Ellmann, executive director of Spiritual Directors International (SDI), shares Br. David's contemplative videos and news about his April 2010 plenary presentation for SDI's international conference (November 5, 2009).

Kate Olson, a consultant with Fetzer Institute, interviews Br. David Steindl-Rast on the topic "the Way of Love," including part about the distinction between the true Self and the ego.  Listen or read the transcript (recorded September 21, 2006).

On "Conversations," Br. David speaks with radio host Michael Stone about the opportunities that gratefulness presents to us (February 2009). Audio download (56:03, mp3) To save, right click and "Save Link As" or "Save Target As."

"Happiness Is Just in Front of You," Maria DeCarvalho's article for the American Cathedral in Paris' newsletter The Messenger, identifies two prompts given by Br. David for acknowledging our ever-present blessings (Spring 2009).

Kathy Cleveland Bull writes about "A Lack of Lack," a topic which Br. David brought up at the February 2009 Gratefulness Gathering in Petaluma California (February 25, 2009).

Dale Biron and Linda Larsson, board members of A Network for Grateful Living, discuss "Why Gratefulness Matters" on the
Joan Kenley Show (March 1, 2008; re-broadcast January 2009).

In "Living Thanksgiving," Eric Schneider of Energy Times looks at the wide-ranging health benefits of gratitude, with mention of A Network for Grateful Living (November 2008).

Kurt Barstow’s own economic downturn leads him to look at "Gratitude and abundance: two sides of the same coin".  Through the practice of Naikan and the free services of he finds a new perspective for living well (November 5, 2008).

G. Jeffrey MacDonald's USA Today article, "More Americans’ Spiritual Growth Nurtured Within," highlights many resources -- including -- for cultivating balance and an inner life (January 14, 2008). 

Thomas B. Fox of the National Catholic Reporter interviews Patricia Carlson in "The Network of Gratitude", exploring how ANG*L has grown over the past seven years.  Fox also interviews Br. David about grateful living practice in "Always Be Surprised" (November 23, 2007).

In "A Slice of Gratefulness for Thanksgiving," Renee Gadoua of the Syracuse, NY Post Standard inquires about the spread of gratefulness worldwide (November 2007).

Marcia Z. Nelson of offers insight into the "Science of Gratitude," with specific mentions of A Network for Grateful Living and our candle feature  (November 2007).

True gratitude may have its complexities, but at root it is a humble recognition that we have been helped by others.  Douglas Todd of the Vancouver Sun writes on "The Meaning of Gratitude" for the October 18, 2007 issue.

Speaking from Thanks-Giving Square, Brother David gives a talk on how to cultivate gratitude. By Sam Hodges for The Dallas Morning News, April, 2007.

“Loving Barbaro:  A Racehorse and His Fans,” an NPR story with a mention of our candles and a link to the candle group created for Barbaro, January 2007. is part of “a movement under way that encourages people to live gratefully every day,” says the
Cape Cod Times
, November 2006.

"Eine Kerze anzünden" - Review of "Light a Candle" feature, a place where "peace and meditation prevail," in Heise Online, the computer magazine of Heise Zeitschriften Verlag.

Audio interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast for Radio Gratitude's "21st Century Pioneers," October 2006.

"A Good Read," Vision and Viewpoint, the newsletter from Benetvision, October 2006. is recommended as a "most enriching website."

"Finding My Religion," San Francisco Chronicle column by David Ian Miller; November 21, 2005.
With Thanksgiving approaching, Brother David Steindl-Rast reminds us that opportunities for gratefulness abound.

"Lunch with Bokara:  The Monk and the Rabbi," a television conversation (2004) hosted by Bokara Legendre.  With humor and candor, Br. David Steindl-Rast and Rabbi Lawrence Kushner explore the depths of religious fundamentalism, mystical experience, and the power of gratitude and forgiveness. 

News You Need Now: Thanksgiving - Woman's World magazine; November 23, 2004.

"Living with Gratitude Every Day," by Jerry Brady for the Post Register of Idaho Falls, ID; November 21, 2004.

Thankful for What Is: The Rewards of Making Gratitude a Way of Life - Imagine magazine; Winter 2004.

Gratefulness: A Perennial Gift, by Nancy Sondel - Alaska Wellness;November/December 2004, Vol. #9, No. 6.

Brother David plugs in an interview by National Catholic Reporter about Vatican's latest pronouncement on "New Age."  Feb/2003. Read Article »

Cornell program adopts the Gratefulness Project - Cornell University News on November 22, 2002

Learn how gratefulness grows from the seeds of surprise in Giving Thanks for All the Little (and Big) Things in Life - Spirituality & Health, Winter 2002 - and try some of Brother David's tips for practicing daily gratefulness.

Adjust Your Attitude Toward Gratitude, Online
- Spirituality & Health, Winter 2001-2002 issue

Interviews with Brother David by David Freudberg on NPR’s “Humankind” program:  "Count Your Blessings" and "The Monk Within Each of Us."  December 2001.

Interview with Brother David by Terry Pearce on XM radio’s “Leaders of the New Century” program, December 2001.

Thinking Globally: founds a cyber-community - Ithaca Times on October 17, 2001

Welcome to Chapel of the Web - The Oregonian on July 8, 2001

Fostering An Attitude of Gratitude - Publisher's Weekly on June 12, 2001

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (May 2001)

Chicago Sun-Times (May 26, 2001)

Publisher's Weekly (June 12, 2001)

New twist on old rite: Light a candle online - Detroit Free Press on May 24, 2001

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