Gratitude: The Short Film by Louie Schwartzberg


The timeless meditation by Br. David about ‘A Good Day’, set to Gary Malkin’s soulful music, is re-imagined by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg (video).

Louie SchwartzbergFilm and concept by Louie Schwartzberg, American director, producer, and cinematographer.

Brother Steindl-RastNarration written and spoken by Brother David Steindl-Rast OSB (born in 1926, in Austria) is an American Catholic Benedictine monk, author, and lecturer.

The story behind it

In 2006, Br. David recorded a short audio meditation about gratefulness, set to music by award-winning composer Gary Malkin as an introduction to A Network for Grateful Living. The meditation, spoken spontaneously by Br. David, flowed from a heart honed by decades of prayer, practice, and sharing, and was given the title, ‘A Good Day’.

In 2007, a video version was created with hand-picked public-domain images from around the world, and uploaded to YouTube. Since its release (and translation into 13 languages), ‘A Good Day’ has received over one million views, and has been used in countless ways in therapeutic settings, spiritual centers, business meetings, prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters and schools.

Fast forward to 2011, when Gary Malkin invited filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg to use the same soundtrack and re-imagine it with film. After Louie presented his film at a TEDx talk in San Francisco, it went viral. To date it has been seen over 6 million times and it has sparked the creation of Louie’s Gratitude Revealed [a series of 15 film shorts] — a journey into the mystery, science and ‘flavors’ of gratitude and how it can be expressed in our daily lives.


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