Grateful Living and gratefulness are still relatively uncommon terms in our daily lexicon. While a close cousin of happiness and gratitude, gratefulness refers to very particular ways of being that have important distinctions to understand and explore. Grateful Living is an active way of approaching life moment-by-moment that can result in greater ease, peace, compassion, and joy.
Grateful Living is supported by daily practices, habits of mind, and behaviors that are learnable and can be translated and applied to many aspects of our lives. Explore a wide variety of resources that can introduce you to the benefits and applications of gratefulness and grateful living, and/or establish and enrich your practice through deepened understanding of the science and wisdom behind these transformational approaches to life, ourselves and each other.
Try a Sample Practice: Basic, Daily Gratefulness Practice
The earth couldn’t afford to send recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint…
A practice to guide you in starting your day with the aspiration to meet the day’s gifts, challenges and ordinary moments with gratitude.
“What he set in motion singlehandedly has become a worldwide groundswell of gratitude that keeps growing and growing.”
(September, 2010) A powerful and inspiring video in which volunteers talk about how giving impacts them, and the world – “Listening deeply is an amazing act of generosity,” “A shift from isolation to community. When you give you’re actually very connected,” “There is nothing you need that you don’t have to be generous…”
(July, 2014) Alan Watts tells “The Story of the Chinese Farmer,” a parable about life and nature that helps us to stay grounded in truth.
(February, 2016) This Empty Hands offering, ‘Planting Seeds’, is a song inspired by Daniel Nahmod’s original 2006 Water album, that captures the spirit of doing our part (planting the seeds), but then letting go and not holding on to what may come.
Generosity transforms scarcity into abundance, and ultimately into a deep sense of gratitude. View this inspiring 3-minute burst of generosity from the film series on Gratitude Revealed.
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather…
(September, 2012) Richard Leider, best-selling author and executive coach advisor, shares how a moment with his mother taught him more about purpose than years of research and training. “What I learned is that everybody at the end of their lives wants a thank you…”
I awaken before dawn, go into the kitchen and fix a cup of tea. I…
(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…
A lot of so-called “positive psychology” can seem a bit flaky, especially if you’re the sort of person disinclined to respond well to an admonition to “look on the bright side.” But positive psychologists have published some interesting findings, and one of the more robust ones is that feeling grateful is very good for you. Now a brain-scanning study in NeuroImage brings us a little closer to understanding why these exercises have these effects…
This stunning film of un-hurried, un-plugged summer days with family and friends, beautifully illustrates Br. David’s simple “Stop. Look. Go.” grateful living practice.
Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone. As if…
Gratitude, it seems, is a key—perhaps the key—to feeling more satisfied with your life. It improves your relationships with loved ones. It’s even good for your heart. Learn more about these and many other cutting-edge findings in The Science of Gratitude. The program combines scientific research with personal stories illustrating the benefits and obstacles to feeling truly grateful.
Research and life itself show us that the more things we have, the harder it can be to be grateful. The holidays can present a challenge as we seek to to be generous with our children AND not overwhelm their ability to feel gratitude. Here are gift ideas which offer experience, connection and engagement.
(February, 2012) What is the relationship between gratitude and happiness? Why is gratitude so important? And, what does religion have to say about it? Does Judaism say anything unexpected? Written, drawn, and animated by Hanan Harchol.
I want to write of the light
but I do not know
whether words can illuminate
the way it hangs
upon branches and bird wings…
(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.
““Happiness” is not an emotion, an inherited disposition that is awarded to a select few, or even dependent on events that happen to you in life. Rather, Murthy argues that happiness is a perspective, and that everyone can create it for themselves with four simple, free approaches: gratitude exercises, meditation, physical activity and social connectedness”…
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