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
We offer these blessings, prayers and invocations for meal times, gatherings and grateful living…
(November 2015) Life can be tough. Kid President reminds us that it’s important to always take time to remember the things that make life awesome. This is just the start of a list. It’s only 25 things. Naturally, there are more!
A collection of Thanksgiving resources – both old and new – handpicked by the Gratefulness staff for your perusal. These resources have moved, illuminated, engaged or inspired us. We humbly offer them as a gift to you during this season of Thanksgiving…
(New York Times, November 2015) Arthur C. Brooks writes, “Choosing to focus on good things makes you feel better than focusing on bad things…In addition to building our own happiness, choosing gratitude can also bring out the best in those around us.”
(NPR, November 2015) “We are saturated with time. Right now, as you read these words, it’s rolling out from you. It’s filling space with your awareness of this one precious present moment. That, after all, is all the time we ever know. The past is a memory and the future an idea. But this moment, this breath, this deep sigh of relief.”
The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts, we give what we…
May you taste the colors of sunset, may you touch the chorus of dawn, may…
(Massage Magazine, November 2015) How might we cultivate gratefulness as a way of being rather than settling for gratitude as an intermittent way of feeling? Gratefulness surfaces whenever we remember that life itself is a precious gift that is irrefutably impermanent; this paradox allows the vulnerability and potency of gratefulness to become the lens through which we experience the fullness of our lives.
(March 2013) Joy is an emotion so many people seek, but, Dr. Brené Brown says, it’s by far the most terrifying feeling we face. Find out why we’re so afraid our joy will be taken away. Plus, discover why Dr. Brown says we can’t find joy without gratitude.
“To know better what regions [in the brain might be responsible for gratitude] is a really great first step toward understanding how we can advance and promote gratitude in the world,” says researcher, Glenn Fox
And still, after all this time, The sun never says to the earth, “You owe…
(December 2013) Lifestyle artist John ‘Halcyon’ Styn delivers an inspirational talk about how a special relationship with his ‘Grandpa Caleb’ inspired his life work. Through sharing experiences with his grandpa, at Burning man and with starting his own non-profit called ‘1st Saturdays’ he presents a challenge for us to hug more, share more and love more.
(TEDx, February 2013) Nipun Mehta at TEDxMasala. When one of Gandhi’s chappals famously dropped onto the track as he was boarding a train, without hesitation, he let his other chappal also fall. Why? Well, so that whoever would find one would have a usable pair. The kind of generosity that someone like Gandhi practiced, with an alignment of body, speech, and mind, is accessible to each of us…
Margaret Wakeley sings John Bucchino’s song “Grateful” — a heartfelt honoring of life’s many blessings. Piano accompaniment by Molly MacMillan.
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…
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