“Grateful living is the stance we take when confronting adversity. It is the deep knowledge that what is before us may not be desired, but we can take control of ourselves despite the chaos around us.”

Joe Primo, CEO of Grateful Living

In defining gratitude, we established that gratitude is a feeling you experience in response to something good happening, most typically toward someone for giving you something you wanted. The challenge with focusing solely on gratitude is that it is highly dependent on external circumstances outside of your individual control. Gratitude comes easily when things are going well, but how can you connect with gratitude when life inevitably gets challenging?

From Gratitude to Gratefulness

Gratefulness is a “state” or quality of being grateful that can provide you a deeper, more unconditional, and robust experience of gratitude.

Unlike gratitude, gratefulness does not require you to wait for outside circumstances to conform to your desires. It isn’t positive thinking or spiritual bypassing. Gratefulness is consciously choosing to adopt a grateful orientation to life. It empowers you to approach your life with the capacity for a grateful perspective, no matter what happens.

As Br. David-Steindl Rast says, “We cannot be grateful for all that a given moment brings us; yet, in any given moment, we can be grateful for something. The gift within the gift of any given moment is opportunity.” When you learn to cultivate an internal quality of gratefulness on a daily basis, you recognize that you possess the ability to bring gratitude to life.

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What is Grateful Living?

Grateful living is a way of life that supports daily living through both times of joy and adversity — peak and valley experiences. 

As a practice, grateful living serves as a pathway that equips you with a skill set and perspective that liberates you from the burdens of perfection and shame and empowers you to be more fully alive. This enlightened approach awakens you to the opportunity present in each moment, helping you discover profound meaning in an ordinary day. By embracing grateful living, you are invited to step into a revolutionary way of being.

Grateful living is defined by a set of principles and a framework to support your unique, lived experience. And, the foundational practice Stop.Look.Go helps you to cultivate greater presence, perspective, and action.

Guiding Practice of Grateful Living: Stop.Look.Go

The guiding practice of grateful living enhances your ability to be present, expands your perspective, and awakens you to possibility. It has three main components:

  1. Stop. Cultivate Presence.
  2. Look. Cultivate Perspective.
  3. Go. Cultivate Possibility.

Watch the video below for an introduction to Stop.Look.Go:

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