We all need sources of inspiration, provocation, and support to live our best lives. Writing, videos, and audio recordings nourish a commitment to living gratefully. Search here for treasures and draw freely from their gifts…
(On Being, September 2015) In this season of political madness, I’m grateful to have a “charm” against the language of politics, writes Parker J. Palmer…
(Yes! Magazine, August 2015) A new study shows that meditation can transform racial bias at any age.
(Greater Good Science Center, September 2015) One of the best ways to increase our own happiness is to do things that make other people happy. In countless studies, kindness and generosity have been linked to greater life satisfaction, stronger relationships, and better mental and physical health—generous people even live longer…
(CBS News, September 2015) Open arms await the Pope in the United States and 80,000 have vowed to follow in his footsteps, with acts of kindness. It’s called the “Walk With Francis Pledge.”
Each year the International Day of Peace (also known as World Peace Day) is observed around the world on September 21. It is a day “devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” Here we gratefully offer resources along with news of events and activities happening around the globe in celebration of what is possible!
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.
(New York Times, July 2015) “A few weeks ago, in the country, far from the lights of the city, I saw the entire sky “powdered with stars” (in Milton’s words); such a sky, I imagined, could be seen only on high, dry plateaus like that of Atacama in Chile… It was this celestial splendor that suddenly made me realize how little time, how little life, I had left. My sense of the heavens’ beauty, of eternity, was inseparably mixed for me with a sense of transience — and death.”
(July 2015) At this year’s American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Exellence in Fiction and Nonfiction award ceremony Bryan Stevenson took home the Carnegie Medal in nonfiction for Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Here is Stevenson’s powerful speech delivered on the same day that President Obama gave a moving eulogy for pastor Clementa Pinckney, who was among the nine murdered a week earlier in a heinous act of racial violence in Charleston.
(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…
(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.
(The Atlantic, July 2015) In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama. By that point, he’d spent his career asking why people respond to, in his words, “life’s slings and arrows” in different ways. Why are some people more resilient than others in the face of tragedy? And is resilience something you can gain through practice?
(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.”
Grateful living, or living in touch with the great fullness of life, has the ability…
(Myth & Moor, 2015) “One of these stories sustains the living systems on which we depend. One of these stories opens the way to living in gratitude and amazement at the richness and generosity of the world. One of these stories asks us to bestow our gifts in kind, to celebrate our kinship with the world. We can choose.” Beautifully articulated perspectives, stories.
(Kosmos Journal for Global Transformation, 2014) It is exciting that physicists are recognizing that “the universe is more like a great thought than like a great machine” and astronauts are lifting far enough from Earth to see, feel and show us how very much alive our planet is.
In this remarkable account, what begins with frantic tears and a language barrier becomes an opportunity to recognize that “not everything is lost.”
Experiencing cancer in her early 30s led Kristi Nelson to live “acutely,” and amplified grateful living for her.
* Vacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let them know we know they are there….
Gratitude is wide enough even to cover our own suffering.
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