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.


"A Good Day" with Brother David Steindl-Rast

This video, featuring Brother David, a highly respected Benedictine monk, author and spiritual leader, is a BLESSING to all those with "eyes to see and ears to hear." Look, listen and be inspired by this powerful message on grateful living.


“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.

The Opposite of Toxic Positivity

“Tragic optimism” is the search for meaning during the inevitable tragedies of human existence, and is better for us than avoiding darkness and trying to “stay positive.”

We meet no ordinary people in our lives.


The Gratitude Experiment

Studies say there are two simple words that are scientifically proven to make you happier and healthier: "Thank you." On today's WellCast, we're doing the gratitude experiment and putting this theory to the test. Does being grateful really help your wellbeing?

Gratitude: A Way of Life

In Gratitude, Louise has gathered the insights and collected wisdom of some of the most wonderful teachers and writers she knows...people who have demonstrated the power of gratitude in their own lives.

Thanksgiving Reflection: Grace Disguised as Obstacles

Although it’s vital to not turn away from what needs attention it’s also important to reflect on what’s good in our lives.

There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.


Gratitude: The Most Powerful Practice You're Not Doing

A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough

Muller mixes the writings of great spiritual and political leaders with inspirational anecdotes from his own life, inviting us to derive more satisfaction from less and pull gratitude out of the ashes of grief.


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