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Community Reflections

Community Reflections: Presence

by The Grateful Living Community
Our community reflects on the question “What helps me remember to be present in the…

the ghosts of women once girls

by Aja Monet
somewhere a little girl is reading aloud in the middle of a dirt road. she…

Discover the Five Guiding Principles

Grateful Living is supported by guiding pathways, daily practices, habits of mind, 
and behaviors that make us more appreciative and available to life. 

These Five Guiding Principles are touchstones to support your practice:

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Life is a Gift

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Everything is Surprise

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The Ordinary Is Extraordinary

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Appreciation Is Generative

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Love is transformative

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Stories of Grateful Living

The Sound of Gratefulness

by Tiffani Martin
In this story of Grateful Living, Tiffani Martin reflects on discovering the power of sound…
Closeup of pink buds on a Thanksgiving cactus

The Thanksgiving Cactus

by Nathan Spoon
Here in a chair in a cozy corner of this room, under the glow of a lamp, with…
Closeup photo of a young man smiling against a white background
Bright Lights/Young Lives

Bright Lights/Young Lives: Jose

by The Grateful Living Team
In this short video, Jose shares his story of having a grateful perspective even during…
A bright break in dark clouds.


by James Crews
The common understanding of the word “gratitude” simply does not convey the magnitude of gratefulness and…
A trio of deer in a field of tall wispy grasses, backlit by the golden light of the late afternoon sun.

To See New

by Carolyn Chilton Casas
Wherever we look,the chance for wonder. From my desk, I spytwo white-spotted, spindly-leggedfawns frolicking under the…


by Brad Aaron Modlin
in the room of bellies and receding hairlines and big feet,in the room of wrinkles…
A dirt path winding along a grassy hillside as dusk emerges with stars overhead. The path is bordered on the right hand side by a wooden fence.

For Those Who Have Far to Travel

by Jan Richardson
A Blessing for Epiphany If you could see the journey whole you might never undertake…
An older man sits at a table with his hands clasped and a smile on his face. Text that reads "Awaken" overlays the image.


by Green Renaissance
“I do let the injustice and suffering of the world touch me,” shares Antony Osler…
A young man wearing a striped navy blue button down shirt sitting on a wooden deck in a backyard garden.
Bright Lights/Young Lives

Bright Lights/Young Lives: Sawyer

by The Grateful Living Team
In this short video, Sawyer Palandro shares his story of learning from gratefulness through his…