What Is Gratitude?
“Angeles Arrien has the mind of a scholar and the heart of a friend.” This was Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute’s reaction when he recorded Angeles’ audio program Gratitude: The Essential Practice for Happiness and Fulfillment. As both a cultural anthropologist and a spiritual teacher, Angeles had a gift for seeing how diverse global traditions all share certain common threads of wisdom. As Mitchell says, “Angeles weaves examples from many times and cultures to illuminate her core concepts. It is this skillful ability that gives her work such a unique impact.” In this week’s excerpt, Angeles explores gratitude and its relationship with grace, the giving of gifts, solace, and peace.