Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
address in Memphis the night before Dr. King's assassination

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The poem, A Serious Frivolity, suggests that the peace of place can live through you.

Please join us in lighting a candle for the people of Nepal.

Read this gratefulness blog by Fabiana Fondevia, co-founder of our sister site, Vivir Agradecidos.

May's Grateful News reminds us how love and innovation can advance and heal our lives.

Send a graduate a congratulatory e-card!

Kristi Nelson is interviewed for an Experience L!fe magazine article, The Power of Kindness.

How can we be grateful in heartbreaking and troubling times?

Join our friends at Spirituality & Practice for an e-course, Creating Sanctuary for Ourselves and Others

You might find hope in the skies like Barbara Crooker describes in her poem.

Lang Elliott shares his gratitude for robins in words, photos and sound!

Kristi Nelson writes about cultivating a capacity for gratefulness in this Huffington Post blog.

Our seasonal e-cards change all the time. Come see what's new today.

Itadakimasu is a grateful prayer of abundance by John J. Brugaletta.

In "Just Crabapples," Roger Voight finds tending to his tree all year round nurtures him just as much.

Turning toxic waters full of chemical waste to art? Sounds like Grateful News...

Many people celebrate Lent this month. Read Br. David's User-friendly Lent (also in German).

How can we be ready for whatever comes? Create a "Clearing," says poet Morgan Farley.

Read Br. David's recollections (also in German) of Thomas Merton on this, the 100th Anniversary of his birth.

Read about the exciting accomplishments of our Grateful Living Affiliates in Argentina and Europe.

Enjoy this surprising Grateful News about goats, a 90-year-old designer, and the origins of inventions.

Curious about our non-profit organization? Read our recent Annual Report.

Anne Hillman has us contemplating new beginnings in her poem "We Look With Uncertainty."

6 Surprising Reasons Why Gratitude is Great for Your Health.

Learn about the exquisite new book, "Celebration: Br. David in Patagonia."

There are still spots in two Esalen film seminars with Br. David and Francis Lu in July 2015.

Entrepreneur picks Br. David's TED talk as one of the best to motivate you this year!

Br. David wishes you a "singing heart" not only in this season, but every day of the coming year.

“Within our reach, is joy" writes Fra Giovanni Giocondo in his reassuring Christmas Eve letter of 1513.

“I wish you, at this season, peace as deep as a winter night.." writes Br. David in our December newsletter.

Light a Candle for beloved teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

As you consider your year-end giving, we welcome your contributions - and your dedications for your gifts.

Thank you, to all who helped us to surpass our Indiegogo campaign goal!

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May 29, Ascension of Baha'u'llah — The Bahai Faith is rooted in the teachings of 19th century Persian prophet Baha’u’llah, who died on May 29, 1892. His timeless message of tolerance, urging unity between nations and peoples, has created a grateful and lasting religious following. »

May 31, Trinity Sunday — The Christian liturgical year finds its climax on Trinity Sunday, in the celebration of the one God as “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Far from being an esoteric doctrine, this notion of God is rooted in universal human experience. »

May 31, Birthday of Beverly Sills (1929 - 2007) — American coloratura soprano who joined the NYC Opera in 1953 and, as its General Director in the 1980s, helped it achieve financial stability. Sills raised more than $70 million to combat birth defects and help families of special-needs children.

May 31, Birthday of Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892) — American poet, printer, newspaper editor, and Civil War nurse; called "The Great Grey Poet." His best-known collection, Leaves of Grass (1855), has timeless appeal. It celebrates the self, democracy, life and death cycles, and our universal connections.

Jun 1, First of June — June is named after the Roman Goddess Juno, honored as the patroness of marriage and the guardian of rites of passage. This month offers us an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to our loved ones, creating security in an ever-changing world.

Jun 7, Birthday of Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903) — French painter and woodcut artist who lived for many years in Tahiti in the South Seas. Using vivid color and simplified forms, Gauguin tapped into the mythic elements of native culture and contributed to primitivism in modern art. »

Jun 8, Birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 - 1959) — American architect whose innovative structures integrate harmony of design and materials with aesthetics of landscape setting. Wright developed a concept of inner space favoring openness over multiple small, enclosed areas. »

Jun 11, Birthday of Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910 - 1997) — French oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist, inventor, filmmaker, and author whose pioneering underwater explorations teach us to know and respect the sea and its creatures. »

Jun 12, Birthday of Anne Frank (1929 - 1945) — German-born diarist who as a young teenager recorded her experiences living in concealed quarters in the Netherlands (1942-1944), where her family hoped to escape detection by the Gestapo. Even in such grim conditions, her courage and hope shine through. »

Jun 13, Feast of St. Anthony of Padua — St. Anthony (d. 1231) is the guardian of the poor and the powerless and the guide of those who seek to help them. His own life as a brother of the poor reminds us to “live simply that others may simply live.” »

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Thank you my dear friends, your loving kindness is a great help as I make this journey. Prayers are my sustenance!

— CB, Michigan, USA

ia vai hau noa te here o te ATUA i roto i to tatou mau utuafare ta tai tahi. (May there be calm and love of God in our family time together).

— Moetaua, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Quelle merveilleuse idée... Paix et Amour dans ce monde. (What a wonderful idea ... Peace and Love in this world).

— Jocelyne, France

Most refreshing each and every time I visit. Have been part of gratefulness.org, for sometime. Sends me on a journey of self, and all of us, as one family.

— Carol Weaver, Nelliston, NY

I always find treasures here. There is always hope I can share with others. Thank you and God bless.

— Arlene, AZ, USA

Este site é um sítio para podermos o que nos vai na alma. Obrigada a quem teve esta linda ideia. (This site is a place for us so that we can enter the soul. Thank you to those who had this beautiful idea).

— MJS, Portugal

Your site is full of love - thank you, thank you, thank you.

— Susan, Ireland

I love the liturgy of the hours, and being able to light candles to express prayers - it is like having an online chapel available all day, and being able to join in the concerns of others' prayers too. Thank you for providing this beautiful and peaceful place.

— YRB, MI, USA