Brother David Quotes "Father" of gratefulness:

David Steindl-Rast (born July 12, 1926, Vienna) is a Catholic Benedictine monk, notable for his active participation in interfaith dialogue and his work on the interaction between spirituality and science.  Brother Davids writings include Gratefulness.  He also co-founded A Network for Grateful Living, an organization dedicated to gratefulness as a transformative influence for individuals and society.

“We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart.”


“In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.”

"Because gratitude expresses courage, it spreads calm."

“One single gift acknowledged in gratefulness has the power to dissolve the ties of our alienation.”


“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

“A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it -- that alone can be like waking up from a dream.”


“Try pausing right before and right after undertaking a new action, even something simple like putting a key in a lock to open a door. Such pauses take a brief moment, yet they have the effect of decompressing time and centering you.”


“Gratitude is a spiritual practice that we can pick up at any point and get immediate results.”

“Gratefulness is at the very heart of the spirituality of every religion.”

“The practical way to get to gratefulness is to start with wonderment.  Our lives & the world are full of surprise.”

“To find peace, you have to find gratefulness.”

“Living in gratefulness takes away fear.”

“Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted. ”

“When we are grateful we are always in the present moment.  We are grateful now.”

“If you do nothing else but to cultivate the response (Gratefulness) to the great gift that this unique day is; As if it were the first day of your life & the very last day.  You will have spent this day very well.”

“Begin by opening your eyes & be surprised that you have eyes to open; the incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment.  Look at the sky.  We so rarely look at the sky.  We so rarely look at it & note how different it is from moment to moment with the clouds coming & going.”

​"When you are in the now, the ego (me) dissolves, because it feeds on past & future.

The little me is made up of the past."

“Gratefulness is really the key to happiness in life, or rather joy, which is the happiness that doesn’t depend of what happens.  If you are grateful, you will be joyful regardless of what happens.”

“Open your heart to the incredible gift that civilization gives to us.  We flip a switch & there is electrical light.  We turn a faucet & there is warm water, & cold water…and drinkable water.  It is a gift that millions & millions in the world will never experience.”

“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.”

“The root of joy is gratefulness...It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”


“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more.”

"Because gratitude expresses courage, it spreads calm."




“You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.”

“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefullness, and gratefullness is a measure of our aliveness.”



"If happiness  is important to us, then gratefulness is important to us.  Because it is gratefulness that makes us happy."

"You find many people that you would think lack the things that are nessecary to make you happy & yet they are joyful because they are grateful."

"Gratefulness is a practice.  It is so simple, so common & so universal to be grateful that we think, it cannot be a practice like zen or yoga or something like that.  When you make it your practice, it can be really be on the same levels as these other traditions & practice." 

"In learning the practice of gratitude, it’s naturalness & simplicity is a great advantage.

Many practices are very hard & take very long, but gratefulness is easy. If you make up in your mind  to say, 'OK Gratefulness will be my practice & I will start right now.  This very evening.'  It will have made you a lot more joyful quite immediately."

“Open your eyes.  Look at that.  Look at the faces of whom you meet.  Each one has an incredible story behind their face; a story that you could never fully fathom.  Not only their own story, but the story of their ansectors.  We all go back so far.”

“ And on this day, all the people you meet, all that life from generation to generation is from so many different places in the world is flows together & meets you here like a life giving water if you only open your heart & drink.”

“Gratefulness is a practice you can begin now, and you will immediately feel the results.”


"The essence of being grateful is accepting what is."

"Gratitude is the inner guesture & attitude from which thank you springs when it is genuine is gratefulness."


"Being grateful is being in the now.  That may seem obvious, but we need to remind ourselves.  Whatever is, is now. If is was, it is not now."

“So I wish that you can open your heart to all these blessings, and let them flow through you.  Then everyone whom you will meet on this day will be blessed by you.  Just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch.  Just by your presence.  Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.  And then, it will really be, a good day.”