When we attune to life’s gifts and pause to appreciate them, we can open ourselves to the joy that is available to us. Grateful Living nourishes our capacity to hold, simultaneously, life’s sorrows and its gifts. In welcoming the great fullness of life with great fullness of heart, we leave the door open for joy’s emergence. The invitation — the possibility — lies in developing a practice to which we can return as a touchstone for gratitude, even in the most challenging times.

May this curated collection of poetry, stories, essays, audio and more open the doorway to joy, even in difficult times.


The Beauty of Living

by Green Renaissance
In this short film, Annie Norgarb exemplifies waking up grateful through her reverence for ordinary…
shadow of window and blinds on a dark wall with a silhouetted house plant


by Ross Gay
A powerful essayette from Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights.

When Savoring a Pleasant Moment Is a Radical Act

by Ari Honarvar
Ari Honarvar collaborates with Musical Ambassadors of Peace to help build music and poetry bridges…
Grateful Changemakers

Grateful Changemakers: Radical Joy for Hard Times

by The Grateful Living Team
When I receive a gift, I am conscious of both the gift and the giver.…

Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

by Jack Kornfield
Let yourself sit quietly and at ease. Allow your body to be relaxed and open,…

Spirit Bathing for the Worried and Beleaguered

by Patricia Adams Farmer
Spirit Bathing invites the worried and beleaguered into the flowing waters of grace and reassurance.…
Stories of Grateful Living

Gratefully Regaining Resilience

by Margaret Wakeley
I have always been a resilient person. I’ve had my fair share of tragedies and…


by Francine Marie Tolf
At fifty-three, I sometimes feel a subtle but irreversible sadness seeping into my blood. I…
Brene Brown and Oprah Winfrey

Brené Brown and Oprah on Joy and Gratitude

by OWN
Joy is an emotion we all seek, but, Dr. Brené Brown and Oprah Winfrey agree…
forest mist

Joyful Suffering

by Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB
Q: How can I find joy in the world, when what I see in much…

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