Gratitude Revealed recently played one night in a Boston theater.
Unfortunately, that date didn’t work for me. Ugh!
So, I went online to find out where else I could find this film. Thankfully, I discovered that it’s on virtual cinema.
You can head to the site, pay a $12 fee, and stream the movie on demand:-)
About the film:
In Gratitude Revealed, producer Louie Schwartzberg shares his personal story of gratitude, including meaningful lessons learned from his parents.
He then weaves together a collection of stories on gratitude, shared by everyday people and thought leaders alike.
The result is a fascinating narrative of gratitude’s profound meaning in our lives.
Through the movie, we learn there is so much to be grateful for every day.
So, here are some of my favorite takeaways and quotes from Gratitude Revealed:
1. The vertical journey through life is the most rewarding.
“We’re on a horizontal journey and a vertical journey. The horizontal journey is, ‘I’ve studied this and that and am learning more as life continues.’ The vertical journey is into oneself and into the meaning of being. That is the longer and perhaps more rewarding journey.” – Gratitude Revealed.
Norman Lear, one of the most endearing people on the planet, offers this line toward the film’s beginning.
I felt aligned with what he was saying. We focus so much on linear, horizontal accomplishments. Yet the deepest fulfillment comes from our innermost, inward journey of discovery.
2. Each day is a gift.
“It’s not just another day in your life. It’s not just another day; it’s the one day that’s given to you today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.” – Gratitude Revealed.
How easy it is to forget and to take for granted?! But we’re being given a gift to be here right now. And to experience life every single day.
3, Slowing down brings us closer to gratitude.
“A huge obstacle to happiness is our busyness. We believe that busyness is a sign of success and significance, and importance. We see busyness as a mark of character.” – Gratitude Revealed.
Gratitude Revealed makes us wonder, ‘Where did this push for unending busyness come from?’
Sometimes I feel like I have an inner critic pushing me to keep busy.
Gratitude requires us to pause long enough to notice where we are in the moment. And to take that moment to appreciate how much we have to be grateful for.
4. When we’re in a state of gratitude, we can see the silver lining of difficult situations.
“Gratitude is a skill that we can practice in order to not just cope with life’s difficulties but to embrace those difficulties and allow positive emotions to emerge from within them.” – Gratitude Revealed.
We know this is true. Yet, it’s so easy to get stuck in a victim mindset.
Feeling grateful for the experience, as hard as it may be, allows us to see the gift within that moment, however it presents itself.
We’re able to grasp the larger picture: that we live in a loving universe that wants the best for us. We’re always being guided and are never truly alone.
5. Gratitude Revealed teaches us that our relationships are the key to happiness.
“Happiness is best predicted by the breadth and depth of our connections to the people around us – our social ties.” – Gratitude Revealed.
I love this.
We can commit to deepening our connections to the people in our lives, and this is heartening because it’s something we can choose to do.
The rewards for our efforts are grand: more happiness and gratitude.
6. Generosity and gratitude are connected.
“Generosity and gratitude are linked. When we’re naturally generous, we’re naturally grateful because gratefulness is the experience of the great fullness of our lives. The ‘great fullness’ of the talents we have. The ‘great fullness’ of the blessing that it is to be alive. The ‘great fullness to be able to see, to be able to speak, to be able to breathe.'” – Gratitude Revealed.
I’ve never heard someone break down gratitude in this way and say ‘the great fullness,’ but that rings very true.
We feel gratitude if we can appreciate the ‘great fullness’ of everything in life. And this naturally leads to generosity in its purest sense.
7. When we feel grateful, we believe we have enough.
“Gratefulness comes from enoughness. Or what I call sufficiency.” – Gratitude Revealed.
All in all, it’s not about what we have. It’s about how we feel about what we have.
We can experience overflowing gratitude from having the simplest of things. It’s all perspective.
8. Having a life free of suffering isn’t the goal.
“In Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, they pray for suffering. They say, ‘Grant that I may be given enough suffering that my heart will truly open with compassion.'” – Gratitude Revealed.
Everything in life is fertile ground for cultivating gratitude.
Although I’ve heard of this before, I never drew the line between hardship and compassion. Hearing it in the film makes so much sense.
We feel gratitude because we’ve connected with the frequency of expansive love and abundance. We’re open to receiving.
Likewise, we have compassion because we understand suffering.
Another idea expressed in the film is that as we become more open and grateful, we experience everything more intensely. We feel more, and that’s a very good thing.
9. It’s the most minor, simplest things that can spark gratitude.
“And I’m grateful for that cup of coffee. And for the cereal, for having that banana. It’s very meaningful to me.” – Gratitude Revealed.
Gratitude Revealed reminds us that we don’t need that big job promotion or that winning lottery ticket.
It’s that simple cup of coffee every morning. That’s where our gratitude lives.
10. Finally, in Gratitude Revealed, we discover that embracing mystery is the key to joy.
“We don’t know why we’re here, and we don’t know where we’re going. The beauty of it is, if you’re willing to actually hand over to that, then life becomes incredibly joyful.” – Gratitude Revealed.
Embracing the mystery. This reminds me of Verse One of the Tao Te Ching.
“So I wish you will open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you. Let them flow through you. Let the gratefulness flow into blessings all around you.” – Gratitude Revealed.
As shown above, all we need is a heart open enough to allow the blessings to flow through.
And the more grateful we are, the more we acknowledge those blessings. We can then watch them multiply naturally and effortlessly in our lives.
So, what did you think of these quotes? Do they invoke feelings of gratitude? They’re tiny snippets I jotted down amongst many insightful words of wisdom in the film.
As we approach the holidays, if you have time, be sure to check out this film! Click on the link to stream Gratitude Revealed today!
Want to read more?
Discover nine powerful takeaways from Attitudes of Gratitude here!
Or take a look at Brene Brown’s thoughts on gratitude found in Atlas of the Heart here.