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  1. Emily

    What brought me here is finding out about Gratefulness.org in an email about Yoga.

    3 years ago
  2. GratefulOne

    Read a book called “The Book of Joy” by Douglas Abrams with the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. One of the chapters mentioned Brother David Steindl-Rast and the amazing work that they have done on gratefulness. Googled it and came to this site!

    3 years ago
  3. D
    Diane C White

    Found it by googling gratefulness. A way to rewire my brain.

    3 years ago
  4. Lioness

    A search for hope brought me here.

    3 years ago
  5. Hot Sauce

    I learned about this website through Unity Online Radio. There’s also a link to this site posted on Unity on Cape Cod’s website (Unity is a religion that blends Christianity with New Thought).

    3 years ago
  6. Betothank1980

    Inicio este mes de marzo de 2021. Con una actitud agradecida. Estaba leyendo el Libro de Ricardo Perret sobre el Poder de la Gratitud y en su libro me recomendó esta página. Si es hermoso hacer la Terapia de Gratitud, para poder cambiar mis pensamientos, sentimientos y emociones. La GRATITUD me está sirviendo para cambiar mis palabras. Quiero hacer esta experiencia. Para agradecer a Dios por todas las Bendiciones que recibo.

    Bendigo a la Gratitud como mi virtud maestra, aquí y ahora.

    Me siento profundamente agradecido desde Loja, ECUADOR

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Translation: I start this March 2021. With a grateful attitude. I was reading Ricardo Perret’s Book on the Power of Gratitude and in his book he recommended this page to me. If it is beautiful to do Gratitude Therapy, to be able to change my thoughts, feelings and emotions. GRATITUDE is helping me to change my words. I want to do this experience. To thank God for all the Blessings I receive.

      I bless Gratitude as my master virtue, here and now.

      I am deeply grateful from Loja, ECUADOR

      3 years ago
  7. Kristi

    I attended a professional development on gratitude. Thought it was a great idea and found this site!

    3 years ago
  8. KC

    Grace. I was wanting and needing to connect with community in a safe, life giving and reliable way.

    Today I had a wee disappointment and realized I had not connected here for the better part of a week.

    Deep gratitude.

    3 years ago
  9. Brooklyn W

    I am trying to become a better person. I want to be able to get along with my peers and family and be able to detect the change in the tone of my voice when I am angry. I want to be able to learn how to control my emotions and thoughts. While surfing the internet for things to help, I stumbled upon this webiste.

    3 years ago
    1. Javier Visionquest

      Good on you, Brooklyn W! Not only will you become a better person but, to do so, you make the world a better place. Skill and persistence along your way

      3 years ago
  10. O.Christina

    I cannot recall who recommended this site, but since I started to visit and share, many years have passed. Anna, you are one of the friends who was present already when I came to join. I am always happy to see you here, to be with you, holding you in prayer daily. This website has been a treasure ever since, each and every day it enriches my day, sometimes challenging in a good way, and my inner movement from withdrawal to unfolding to a huge part is due to this site. All the beautiful people who run this precious website and all the Gratefulness-team and you all who come to share and to visit here are part of my daily joy when I open the computer finding your replies. Lucky we are to have such an opportunity of joining this Grateful community which is open, a gift to all!

    3 years ago
  11. Anna

    My English teacher mentioned this site a few years ago, so as Pilgrim says, it’s history. Sometimes as a silent presence, sometimes posting my feelings or responses, always empowering my gratitude.

    3 years ago
  12. s
    sb

    I have had my fair share of ups and downs but have been surprised by my resilience and, like my Mum, I do seem lucky enough to find gratitude/joy in so many things. However, my life is ridiculously busy and I have often had no time to stop, think, reflect. I read a book by someone who had spent a year exploring gratitude and found it inspiring. I meant to keep a diary myself but it never seemed to happen. Then, this year, I came across “fit mind 50” in a magazine and my mum and I decided to sign up for it – 50 new and positive things this year. So I made gratitude/reflection one of my 50 things, googled it and came up with this. What a joy it has been – not just for me but also inspiring some very deep and meaningful conversations with family.
    I love reading other people’s comments and many resonate with me.
    What fascinates me is that many people refer to their troubles but never in a negative way, which is something lovely to read – but I wonder – are people more willing to admit to issues here than out loud? Is that why there are so many of us referring to problems here? Or is it that people trying to lighten their burdens are more likely to take time to google and find a site like this? Why ever it is, hopefully each and everyone of you can take heart that your contributions help those of us reading them.

    3 years ago
    1. Misty

      Interesting question. I think it might be a combination of a receptive and supportive community, not feeling you are burdening others by sharing your own challenges, and less chance of being hurt by someone responding (or not responding) in a certain way when you do share. It’s a somehow a mix of closeness and anonymity.

      3 years ago
  13. V
    Vincent-Edward Ciliberti

    The concept of sharing my thoughts with other good people.

    3 years ago
  14. Pilgrim

    I received an e-card from a friend, and decided to check out the site. The rest is history!

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      I love their e cards, I use them frequently and lighting of the candles too:)

      3 years ago
  15. Don Jones

    I was listening to a Ken Wilbur lecture on the integral life website and he mentioned it. I have come here daily since.

    3 years ago
  16. Melissa

    Hope brought me here. It is so helpful to me to read all of your thoughts, wisdom and experiences that soothe my soul during this challenging time. To connect with you all so I become aware of all that I am truly grateful for.

    3 years ago
  17. L
    Lauryn

    I was working at a large law firm in Boston- it was fast paced, competitive, stressful work. One of the quieter more reserved attorneys on our team decided to leave the firm for a less stressful position as outside counsel to a healthcare company. On her last day she wrote a goodbye message to the team and included the ‘word for the day’ in her message — that led me to this site about 4 years ago.

    3 years ago
  18. sharlyn.m765

    I have been writing in a private gratitude journal on this site for several years. I have occasionally come to this more public place for sharing, but not regularly. This site is an amazing resource and is so encouraging that I feel healthy enough now to add my voice to others. I was brought here by love and stay here through committed practice. There is value in community and I love the wisdom and acceptance that I see here.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      That’s awesome:)

      3 years ago
  19. John Tamminga

    It feels like I was guided here and personally had little to do with it. I do know that is was indeed a Gift as Br. David says and am drinking the kindness and wisdom from all of you each morning. Thank you!

    3 years ago
  20. Mike

    I saw mention of the Blessings video in an On Being entry and followed it here. Next came the Grateful Day video and then the Daily Question and all your responses. That began a year ago and has become my first-thing-in-the-morning go to since. Very grateful.

    3 years ago
  21. Toni

    I don’t remember how I got here but I’m sure glad to be here now. I have followed many teachers and practices on and off and It has been difficult to be consistent in a daily practice. This site offers the opportunity to keep it simple by starting the day in gratitude. Journaling also helps me stay grounded so I journal after the daily question. Spiritual Direction is something that I have been wanting to have after years of therapy that did not do much to help lift the heaviness I’ve felt for years. So one thing led to another and after years of searching for a spiritual practice that I can be consistent with my new found Spiritual Director recommended I keep a gratitude journal and I told her about this site which helps me do just that and more. I’m happy to say that this year I have been consistent since the beginning of lent. I joined in 2017 but this year seems to be going much smoother and I look forward to starting my day with all of you with the prompting of the daily question.

    3 years ago
  22. Javier Visionquest

    What brought me to the earth again was love. What brought me to gratefulness.org was listening to an edition of On Being with Krista Tippett when she interviewed Br. David, and shortly after my type 1 diabetes diagnosis at age 47. It was the way during this interview that Br. David described anxiety as a “constrained or choking sensation, the original experience of which was the moment of our own birth”. He goes onto say that if we could be with this sensation and ride it out to realize the amazing possibilities that might exist beyond the “birthing” experience of anxiety.

    3 years ago
  23. LeanIn

    Serendipity!
    One of my favorite words – “a happy accident.”
    It can also be defined as “providence”, which is the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power.

    You know how when you do internet searches, it refers you to “other things you might like”? I guess I’ve watched a lot of Tolle, Oprah, and Ted talks this year. So this gratefulness website just seemed to pop up one day last week. I don’t even remember what I was actually Googling, but this is what I clicked on, and I’m very grateful that I did.

    Anyway, the universe knows what I need, and I like it here!

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      I love that word too! and the movie was good also:)

      3 years ago
  24. Patricia

    I’ve known Brother David’s name and something about him for years (and years), but a renewed commitment to gratefulness in my days and moments led me to seek out this resource, this community, this practice.

    3 years ago
  25. Ed Schulte

    I brought a Eckhart Tolle DVD to watch at our monthly Tolle silent meditation group. It was of a recorded event where other speakers , other then Tolle, got up on stage and spoke for 15 minutes each,

    One of the speakers was Brother David Steidl-Rast. After Brother David completed his talk ……Eckhart Tolle immediately jumped up from his front row seat on to stage and literally and physically !!!!MUGED!!!! Brother David!

    In the 40 or so DVDs/live presentations etc/ which I watched over a 10 year period I never saw Tolle show any physical enthusiasm ..NONE …so I I was curious and followed up on Brother David’s works ….books and sites such as this…etc …… to see how it resonates with my Essene roots.

    3 years ago
  26. Rosemary

    Visiting gratefulness.org has become part of my daily morning ritual. Each morning, I write in the online gratitude journal 3 things I am grateful for. Some days, I’m tempted to say I don’t have time today. But that’s exactly when I need to visit the most! I am grateful for the community here and the daily inspiration provided. Thank you!

    3 years ago
  27. Michele

    I am a part of an Irish dance group based in Philly and a very good friend from there mentioned this site. I visited it and every since April of 2018 I’ve been a member:) So grateful to have found it and have it become part of my daily morning ritual.

    3 years ago
  28. DeVonna

    Great question! I was looking for a way to hold myself “accountable” in my quest to focus on what I have to be thankful for, each and every day. I have a gratitude journal, but I’ve been unable to find it since we moved to Florida, almost two years ago. What keeps me coming back are the thought-provoking daily quotes and questions that challenge and inspire me. Thank you for this site!

    3 years ago
  29. Carol

    My internet connection is not functioning on my computer so connected today on my phone. Slow going to type this way. But the works of Brother David brought me here. While exploring the site, I was drawn to the daily question and the beautiful, thoughtful and caring folks I have found here keep bringing me back. I am grateful for all of you.

    3 years ago
  30. Antoinette

    What brought me here are all of my ancestors going a long way back! I am them and they are me. Mother Earth and all of the nutrients that my ancestors have survived and thrived from brought me here. All of the countless connections to others which together have helped me arrive here.
    It’s truly amazing and magical to ponder this basic question of what brought me here! What brought me here is made of love and the deep connection we all share.

    3 years ago
  31. Mike S

    I really started using this site last year during the pandemic where social isolation really started to affect me. Gratefulness is now a part of my daily routine like many of you. I find it a setting me on a positive course at the beginning of the day. I am slowly reading Kristi‘s book and have plans to go deeper into the practicesBut she writes about. I am really thankful for the community here. Reading the posts from each of you sing your names every day makes a difference.

    3 years ago
    1. Antoinette

      Thank you Mike! I’m happy we are here to share gratitude.

      3 years ago
  32. Journey

    I was looking for an online journal and came across this website. It’s now part of my daily routine and I start my day with this community.. I look forward to the thought of the day, the question and reading all the replies. This is a wonderful online family and I thank each and everyone of you.

    3 years ago
  33. Holly in Ohio

    I was practicing gratitude each day before I discovered this website, but the community here added so much more to my gratitude experience. The people here in this “room” have taught me so much and expanded my heart.

    3 years ago
  34. Howie Geib

    I hunger for community. Always. And back in may of 2020 my life was empty of it. I had lost a business in March where I was team leader for 15 people and so the absence of human daily connection was poignant. I knew enough to look around, and started with Benedictines, which led to Brother David, and here. Made it part of my routine and am so happy I did. The connections I have with you all are very important.

    3 years ago
  35. devy

    This site was recommended to me by my therapist. The self transformation from anxiety and depression to peace and gratitude is difficult at times but gratefulness.org is giving me tools and support on my new found way of life. I find that it helps me.

    3 years ago
    1. Antoinette

      Thank you for sharing that Devy. Gratefulness is healing and I appreciate you being here. There have been many posts and I appreciate you !

      3 years ago
  36. EJP

    My quest to find the missing piece of the puzzle in my life….found it! Gratefulness completes me.

    3 years ago
  37. k'Care-Reena

    Originally I was looking for a website for my habitues however I am a strong believer that you must practice what you preach in order to heal. I use this everyday morning and it is now apart of my morning routine. I am grateful for this website, it keeps me organized, humble and helps me get valuable content for my habitues. I truly believe that after being with Gratefulness.org for a few months now I can honestly give my best opinion regarding this site…and it is nothing but amazing things !!!!

    3 years ago
  38. Butterfly

    My daughter introduced me to this website. Pondering the whys and wherefores of life is something we have shared for many years. I love to pop in and see what thoughts others have shared about a question. It keeps gratefulness at the forefront of my mind and I am so much happier because of this.
    Love and thanks to the Gratefulness team and all of you who post on here 😊💜

    3 years ago
  39. C
    Cliff

    A desire, a deep yearning to be grateful for each day, for each person and experience. This is a good place to start my day.

    3 years ago
  40. R
    Ruby

    I came here because I felt that I should be looking more at the positives in my life and that a gratitude journal would definitely help

    3 years ago
  41. sunnypatti48317

    God… and my desire for more. More gratitude. More joy. More learning. More living. More love!

    3 years ago
  42. Kevin

    Sometimes I wonder! But if you really must know, my feet brought me here. These clever little fellows south of the border usually do what I tell them to do. This morning, I got lucky, I swung out of bed (now there’s a sight!), set my legs underneath and luckily, my feet decided to come along too. And here I am.

    3 years ago

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