We all need sources of inspiration, provocation, and support to live our best lives. Throughout this section, you will find a selection of writings, videos, and audio recordings that will enlighten and embolden your commitment to living gratefully. Search here for treasures and draw freely from their abundant gifts…
(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.”
Yogis of all shapes and sizes are sharing snaps of themselves doing seriously challenging poses.
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.
In this introduction to her book, Angeles describes gratitude as a universal theme – transmitted through perennial wisdom – as the glue that holds society and individuals together.
Gratefulness is a setting of the heart, one that I can choose like a wavelength…
What happens at the start, in the middle, and at the end when we experience gratitude?
We often miss the critical importance of first being able to receive the gifts that sustain us whenever we consider reciprocity, gratefulness, and generosity.
Four quadrants of life experience, that human beings experience cross-culturally, are health and well-being; work environments and communities; financial stability; and relationships.
As people grieve over droughts all over the world and oil spills in our oceans, our awareness of how precious water is becomes clearer and stronger.
How do you cultivate gratefulness when you are really not in the mood? Here are some helpful tips for your practice.
Camp director Richard Bernstein put out an empty mayonnaise jar with paper and pencils beside it and a suggestion to write thank you notes. He never dreamed how full that jar would get and how it transformed the camp.
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