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
If, as they say, life is like a glass, and we are the way we…
(The Washington Post, August 2015) “Everything has been pleasant for me. So I’m thankful. And hopeful.” With those words, and a big, toothy smile, former President Jimmy Carter, 90, ended his press conference Thursday. He looked so completely, boyishly happy that you could almost forget he’d also announced he has cancer in his brain.
(Huffington Post, July 2015) There are lots of ways to be mindful — from mindful yoga to meditation to prayer to being in nature. Stephen Crandell’s favorite method hinges on daily gratefulness.“I just need to say ‘thank you for everything’ to feel my balance start to return.”
(2007) The audio track that became the sound track beloved video, A Good Day. Br. David sat down one morning and spontaneously spoke these words to an imagined audience. Gary Malkin composed the music to accompany this meditation. (5:22)
(December 2014) Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry. University of California, Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner challenges this notion of human nature and seeks to better understand why we evolved pro-social emotions like empathy, compassion and gratitude.
(Brain Pickings) In a culture that makes it easier to be a critic than a celebrator, where it takes growing commitment to do the opposite, how heartening to be reminded of the ennobling gift of gratitude, of the elevating capacity of being one another’s champion…
From blossoms comes this brown paper bag of peaches we bought from the boy at…
(Greater Good Science Center, June 2015) Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the Greater Good Science Center’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
(Dawn, July 2015) “With bad news filling our television screens and social media feeds to the brim, eventually spilling into our lives, it’s hard for the average Pakistani to have a positive outlook…A big part of improving mental health has to do with making small positive changes in one’s life and as I discovered during one experiment, sometimes a dose of gratefulness is all you need to ward away the blues.”
(Human Postcards, June 2015) Iñaki is an 8-year old boy from New Zealand. Here is his one minute response to the question “What’s the most beautiful thing that happened in your life?”
The question then becomes how do we learn to be more responsive versus reactive on a day-to-day basis? The answer is PRACTICE! Well what practice? There are a zillion ways to practice and I offer one which is a ton of fun and very satisfying.
(2007) Br. David words with music by award-winning composer Gary Malkin shows how today is not “just another day”.
(2007) This Thanksgiving prayer offered by Br. David, accompanied by Gary Malkin’s inspired music, looks towards the possibility of our world uniting in an overflow of gratitude.
(Experience L!fe, 2014) How to move beyond gratitude hype and get to the heart of the matter.
(Greater Good Science Center, 2013) It’s easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
(2008) In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words “thank you” — to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.
(2012) Jane Ransom helps people build great relationships—with themselves, their partners and the rest of the world.
(2015) Dr. Amit Sood, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a well-respected researcher and practitioner of integrated medicine, put together the following short on how to cultivate a (very) happy brain. It’s backed by an evidence base, and it’s powerful. So go ahead and give his lessons a try. It’s the doctor’s orders.
(2013) In his talk from TEDGlobal 2013, Br. David talks about how grateful living can change the power pyramid under which we live, and gives a simple formula for our gratefulness practice: stop, look and go.
(2013) At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, the renowned authors and teachers define and explore the relationship between these two critical concepts.
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