Gratitude is an appreciation for what one has and a recognition of value independent of monetary worth or utility. It can be a spontaneous feeling but also a habit of mind: practiced effort to routinely count one’s blessings. Those who cultivate gratitude find it helps them live happier, more compassionate lives as they are gradually able to broaden and redefine the blessings they encounter, and then spread their newfound joy to others.
In our fractured, “me-first” world, the science and practice of thankfulness could be just the antidote we need. Gratitude is powerful: not only does it feel good, it’s also been proven to increase our well-being in myriad ways.
A Benedictine monk for over 60 years, Steindl-Rast was formed by 20th-century catastrophes. He calls joy “the happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” And his gratefulness is not an easy gratitude or thanksgiving — but a full-blooded, reality-based practice and choice.
Debbie from Winter Springs, Florida, knows she needs to be thankful, even in the toughest of times. Watch as spiritual teacher Panache Desai shares why the first step to finding gratitude among challenges is recognizing that life is not punishing you—it’s actually presenting an opportunity.
Happiness begins with gratitude―the feeling of appreciation for the people and experiences in our lives that have helped or supported us in some way. This gratitude journal makes it easy and enjoyable to develop a daily practice through insightful prompts that only take a few minutes to complete.