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: ABCs of Grateful Living
(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.”
(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.
(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.
(2007) Br. David words with music by award-winning composer Gary Malkin shows how today is not “just another day”.
In recent years, science has explored the impact of feeling grateful on our health, sleep, relationships and more. For a deep dive into the particulars of why living gratefully matters, we offer this list of studies.
Explore the books below to introduce you to the benefits and applications of gratefulness, gratitude and grateful living, and/or enrich your practice through deepened understanding of the science and wisdom behind these transformational approaches to life, ourselves and each other.
(2013) Virginia Gawel and Fabiana Fondevila from the Transpersonal Center interview Br. David in Buenos Aires
If, each day, we could do a “basic daily gratefulness practice,” it would be enough to positively impact our lives, others, and the world around us…
(2015) Kristi Nelson produced a digital story about her journey with cancer, in conjunction with the PBS Ken Burns documentary series, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.
Each day the engine of my gratefulness must be coaxed and primed into action. Of…
Based on the beloved meditation by Brother David, with music by Gary Malkin, this gift book pairs Br. David’s inspirational words with images by acclaimed filmmaker, Louie Schwartzberg.
How could anyone read the news headlines of this past week, month, or year, and feel grateful? I fall prey to doubt. Reconciling this conundrum is a focus of mine almost every day lately.
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