Being Grateful in Difficult Times

An Online Journey

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We all know the joy of a surprise gift, good news, or a great achievement -- all of those things eliciting feelings of gratitude. But these days, full of grief, worry, and uncertainty did not easily nurture a sense of thanks. Indeed, they seem to be gnawing away our hearts and our hopes.

So what of gratitude now? When we don't feel grateful? In a 6-part course based on her recent book, Grateful, Diana Butler Bass takes us into a journey to understand what gratitude is, how it can strengthen us as individuals and in community, and the surprising ways in which it subverts hopelessness and injustice. In addition to lectures and mini-practice sessions, Diana will be joined by other writers in conversation about how giving thanks has made a difference in their own lives.

In this course, participants will:

  • Explore the definitions and structures of gratitude, and how what we think about gratitude shapes our actions;
  • Learn practices of gratitude that open us to new levels of awareness and awakening;
  • Discover the power of collective gratitude practices for your community or organization;
  • Understand gratitude in relationship to difficult circumstances and injustice; and
  • Uncover how gratitude becomes the soil for genuine creativity for individuals and communities.

Sign up now to be a part of this wonderful course.

The Transforming Power of Giving Thanks

It's more than just a thank you note.

Let's Talk about Gratitude

A Conversation with Fr. James Martin

"Diana Butler Bass is one of the most thoughtful, insightful voices to emerge among us. Her words are a gentle but fierce reminder that on some eternal level, all is well."

- Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of Tears to Triumph

Course Curriculum

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"Your course was phenomenal. Your presentation was engaging, clear, and set the tone for the whole experience. You are an excellent teacher, and your contributions...kept the discussion going on all levels."

- Sherri Dietrich, United Thank Offering Board President

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Diana Butler Bass
Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, popular speaker, inspiring preacher, and one of America’s most trusted commentators on religion and contemporary spirituality. She holds a doctorate in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of ten books, including Grateful: The Subversive Power of Giving Thanks. Her bylines include The New York Times, the Washington Post,,, USA Today, Huffington Post, Christian Century, and Sojourners. She has commented on religion, politics, and culture in the media widely including on CBS, CNN, PBS, NPR, CBC, FOX, Sirius XM, TIME, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and in multiple global news outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts the minute you register and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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