"So many people in the world today are too focused on what's missing in their lives," observe the two young men from Victoria, Canada, who introduce--and helped produce--this video. "And when you focus on what's missing, you miss the many amazing things that are already there." Their solution? Some shimmying with a twist. Check out the Gratitude Dance.


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  • Evelyn

    My vice principal at y school

  • Dawn

    I'm pretty sure it is my friend Lynne from Fanny Bay who submitted the previous comment. I echo everything she has said about being grateful for grandaughters, an amazing son and his beautiful wife, and friends who are willing to stand up and protect this beautiful resillient planet we are so blessed to call home. I remember how much I loved this video when it first came out in 2008 and loved watching it again.

  • Lynne

    I am so grateful for so many things: my husband, my family, my adorable grandsons, my wonderful son and my beautiful daughter in law, my friends, my home, clean fresh country air, clean water, good food, my home, nature, my wonderful job, and mostly my eternal love for all of the wonderful diversity of life on this beautiful little blue planet we call home.

  • Pauline

    I love to see people enjoying themselves, everyone can dance, it was great

  • Shelley

    This is beautiful, thank you! Such a refreshing expression of joy...

  • Jan

    Beautiful video. Loved it!!!

  • Jan

    I'm grateful for my granddaughter living with me now. I'm grateful to the surgeon who saved my legs 2 years ago. I'm grateful for all I've seen and done in my 68 years. I'm grateful for the wonderful mother I had. Most of all, I'm grateful for getting up each morning and looking out at God's beautiful world and for a loving husband who' s supported and cared and loved me for the past 43 years. I'm grateful to be here on this beautiful planet.

  • K.C.

    Love the energy, inspiring scenery and the fact that this is international. Maskes me want to dance. I would love you to e-mail me as I am looking to utilize this with what I do. I would be happy to keep your name and information part of it. Please contact me. I'm grateful!

  • Tamilyn

    OMG that felt amazingggggg took me bout 4 countries then i was up shaking and giving gratitude till then end ... then i replated it and did it allllll over again .. most marvelous way to start my day THANK YOU with emmense gratitude..i am in the valley and you can bet when i am in victoria i will be hooking up for a dance ..love & light

  • Higgs

    These young folks proved that something so simple could be so profound.

  • Merrie

    People from all walks of life dancing and enjoying the moment...makes me happy and grateful

  • Denise

    Inspiration: proves that if someone is doing something fun, Many will join in. Expression of happiness is all over the world. Wish everyone would realize Gratitude is better than attitude. All together now DANCE. Made me smile and brought tears to my eyes.

  • Julie Boreham

    this makes me smile inside out!! Thank you!

  • Valerie Clair

    Wow, laughing and in tears...moving...

  • Jacquie

    I loved this! Absolutely fantastic! Dancing is so good for the soul and to see so many people get and dance with this year is beautiful!

  • Rachel

    I have no idea why this made me smile and cry at the same time. But, thanks for the joy!

  • cyndi

    so happy to be alive and full of love .would love to get happy and dance ,like this on feb 14 2012

  • Susan Smith

    What inspired you about this video? I've been to many of these places and the smiling faces reminded me how happy most people are with the simple things in life - including me! And a heck of a lot healthier, too!!

  • Christina Evans

    This is truly an idea put into motion. Wonderful, asante sana gentlemen. I agree with Ruby (below) let's not let the penguins put us to shame. Shimmy on.

  • Ron

    Always and everytime,Ive seen this..I GET HAPPY.. pretty Amazing..How(each)one,of Us could make such a difference..Well done..and THANK YOU for doing what you do..

  • Lizz

    I am always amazed at how much alike we all are and how desperately we are all in need of some lighthearted fun. It reminds us all of the inner child within each of us. Heck, even the dog can feel the positivity. If this were what it was like to watch the news at night, I'd sign up!

  • Carlton

    I am grateful for simple pleasures : laughter of a child, smile on the face of a loved one, the desire to help my fellow man,

  • Ruby

    I say let`s get moving. What a beautiful world we live in. I got dancing feet and swinging arms sitting here in a chair just watching this awesome video. Don`t let the penguins put us to shame!!

  • Linda

    This just made me smile and feel uplifted. Yes, I can do the happy dance. Grateful for all the Lord has provided to me. Far more than I need.

  • Patricia

    What a spirit-lifter. Wonderful to realise people only need a bit of encouragement in the 'right' direction. An absolute tonic!

  • Frank

    right on! bro!

  • Noemi

    I cried of joy. I'm grateful for my life, for being here, for not being defeated by carcinoma, for the smile of my daughter, for pages like this. :)

  • Sandy

    It makes me happy just to see people letting go and being silly.

  • Kate

    Gentlemen, TRULY a reminder that we EACH can give so much joy.. so easily! Thank you! Hvala!

  • Carol

    Thank you for the gift of reminding us who we are in our human family.

  • Aria

    I am thank-ful for the power and simplicity of love shared through dance , crossing cultures and bridging humanity...truth speaks in this and such sheer joy sharing and inspiring the power of the human heart and spirit

  • Anatoli

    For all my friends that stick with me through all. I love them so much every day, they make me smile and laugh and even sometimes cry, because I know they are doing so much, not for me, but to brighten the world that we all live in and share. Thank you!

  • Courtney

    Grateful for my parents, friends, and dogs. Oh, and the struggles!! They make me stronger.

  • Katie

    This video makes me cry, every time I watch it. The pure JOY on the faces of those dancing with him, is proof enough to me that we have NOT lost our way, as a race...That the joy and love is there, ALL the time, just waiting to be activated...with a dance and a smile. THANK you for this video!!


    " I am thankful for the GIFT OF LIVE ! and for the family and friends that teach me love , respect, gratitud, and for the challenges that make me grow as a better person, And for all the beauty that we have around ourselves, Thankful for love and laugh no matter what!"

  • Cathy

    I am thankful for the exuberance of life within us,no matter what. The one scene that struck me was the pic of you dancing with the lone North Korean guard ,standing behind you. Live,love,laugh,dance no matter what! Thank you!

  • Judy Arnoff

    I now have peace in my life. I am totally happy that it exists. Also for my family, my daughter, my mom who is now 90. Peace for my 4 animals babies. I am grateful. great video.

  • Tiphanie

    All the strife in my own world as well as the one around us has taken it's toll - this video made me sob. I'll be returning to this page daily not only to watch people dance with reckless abandon, but also to read all of your comments because they give me hope and remind me of the priceless things I've forgotten. Thank you, all of you.

  • jan

    I was feeling very sad, having been following the news of the mindless rioting in the UK, when a facebook friend posted this video. It filled me with such joy and trust in humanity, it made my day. Thank you.

  • Amala

    Humanity! There are so many more good, loving and happy people than you can imagine!

  • Angela

    I am grateful for my dear friend Bonnie who posted this on her facebook... I am also grateful for all my friends, family, my partner, and my four cats, all of whom bring me smiles and laughs on a daily basis. DANCE ON!

  • Cara

    I'm grateful to have my arms and my legs so that I can dance (my friend just lost his leg).

  • Heather Ribbs

    I am grateful for angel assistance, for health,for good friends and family for food ,for a home,and for a peaceful heart

  • Martina

    I'm grateful for your video. It remembers me the very important things of life: love, kindness and smiles. The rest is subsequent. Thank you!

  • Dorothy Millott

    The world really is a beautiful place, I had the good fortune to have a wonderful life, family and friends. The dance made me smile and made me cry. Peace and love to all.

  • Karma Sherab

    thank you for the beautifful sound , melody,stunning picture, and above all to the universe and all sentients beings and may each day we progress toward the path of joy peace love into our hearts

  • angel

    So grateful that God made me ALIVE!

  • Kim Berube

    For cool people like you! Thanks for this.

  • Bonnie Watts

    Humor and dance wow! More of this and love of God's blessings everywhere! Thank you Kingdom of Heaven! I'm noticing now! Peace to all!

  • Dee Di Gioia

    This is GREAT! I have added it as a resource on my new website about Sharing More Acts of Caring & Kindness (and no-bullying). I can't wait to show the kids at school and start dancing daily! THANK YOU!www.starfishdee.com

  • Roxanne

    I have always had somewhere I could go; I always have food and drink;I have family and friends,and community; I am always able to help ohters in need as I have been blessed with health, clarity of mind, and a wealth of life experience, for which I am truly greatful. I have been teaching the gratitude dance everywhere I go. It is a great release of inhibited joy

  • Jack Poston

    I am grateful for all the blessings of the universe, for consciousness, for the present moment, for grace, for being...

  • Jeanne Irene

    I am so grateful my friend, Al, sent this to me! It reminded me that every day, at least once, we have people and experiences to be grateful for. Let's all dance a little more!

  • Fuzzy

    "Celebrate Life. Care for others and share whatever you have with those less fortunate than you. Broaden your vision, for the whole world belongs to you." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living Foundation.www.artofliving.org

  • Lori

    I am so grateful I was sent this link! I am grateful to have clarity of mind, recognition of the Divine Presence in my life, and to have to the ability to know it. Blessings and Love to all!

  • Tracy

    I am so grateful to Love...for allowing me to experience a peaceful, grateful, kind, happy mind and heart. I am grateful for the love that comes from all around - friends, family, and the beautiful planet. I am profoundly humbled to be able to love back, to bring joy, comfort, strength. I am so thankful for Damien.

  • KAteAnn

    Grateful to be alive, to have our planet still be alive and to share joy and abundance with others

  • Jamie

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I'm so grateful for family, fun, and the little things that go along with those things that a mother & grandmother can really appreciate!

  • ElizabethAnne

    What a great video..and, Yes! I did the dance while I watched it :) I am grateful for the beautiful sunny morning that I am enjoying here in southern Ontario, Canada. I am grateful for my health, for the love of my two wonderful daughters, for good friends, for meaningful work as an RN, for my home, my cats, and for the opportunity to share and enjoy the wonderful creativity of other human beings. I am very grateful to be me :)

  • Pat Mundt

    I am grateful for my being on this wonderful earth that God created. I am grateful for fun energy people like you to remind us to "Don't Sweat the Small stuff in life, ENJOY! Thank you. Peaceful Blessings

  • Jaydee

    How totally, utterly ridiculous! BUT...I am still laughing and I loved it and I feel better after watching. Thank you for a great video and reminder to be GRATEFUL!

  • nadiy

    i'm grateful for the god who blessed me to live in this world that surrounded by many noble people..

  • Kara

    I'm grateful for this site, I'm grateful for every moment, but most especially the moments where I am paying attention and I seize the opportunity that is provided no matter what the circumstances

  • Liza

    Thank u for the inspiration. It made me smile and feel really good inside. 2008 resolution..count my blessings and focus on them. THANK U

  • Johneatta

    I greatful for My mother, my beautiful children, the wonderful man in my life, and the ability to laugh and smile.

  • Deb Kelley

    I am grateful to have to freedom to express my happiness in such a fun way-anywhere anytime! Thanks

  • cindy

    Like it! My son 14y/o wanted to know what I was doing? I'll have to work on him while. Cute video.

  • Kathy

    I am grateful for my very special family.....especially Dani, Nick and Megan.....they bring JOY to me every minute of every day!! I pray they take the time to be grateful for the many blessings that abound them in thier lives. I am also grateful to the brave young men that put themselves in harms way to protect our country.

  • Pat in NE Pa

    I'm thankful for 3 healthy sons, one wonderful daughter in law and a beautiful baby grand daughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Teri

    clean air, clean water, natural beauty, people, to be alive

  • Renae

    To love someone and have someone love back...and the many everyday comforts (home, car, job, etc.).

  • Jan

    Go world - kinda hard to shoot at people while doing this wonderful dance - bring on the peace!

  • Katie

    I am so thankful for this video! Truly wonderful, and made me smile I am thankful for so many things: food in my belly, love in my heart, roof over my head, God, family and friends at my side.

  • Tracy

    I am grateful for all the people who create blessings like this fun video and spread love in the world.

  • hannah b

    i am thankfull for all the wonderfull people around me and i could never live without them. they are my LIFE.

  • Kathy Pierce

    Family and friends, good health and the ability to work and take care of those I love. My God and the blessings He bestows... in other words, everything!

  • joni

    I am so thankful to live in a free country, thankful to the troops who are making it that way, thankful for my family and Christian parents who brought me up to know the difference between right and wrong and lived that way so we could see the difference. I am thankful for my health and the health of my children and grandchildren, a roof over my head.

  • Sheri Abreo

    I am grateful for this video for reminding me of what I am grateful for. I am grateful for being able to stop and be in the moment....for freedom....for the universe...for mother earth and all that she holds...for father sky and all that he holds and all the creatures great and small....Thank you..

  • Jagmohan Singh

    This video teaches us the fine Art of Living. Commendable effort indeed- Thanks to young men from Victoria, Canada.

  • EJ

    I am grateful to finally have found love. :-)

  • Maraita

    I am grateful for my family, especially my parents. Good Health, The friends I love and life. And, I am grateful for this website...because there are some times when the little quotes posted put everything into perspective.

  • A.

    I'm grateful for many things. I am especially grateful for Sean.

  • Tereza

    I'm grateful for a community that stretches around the world. What a glorious thing the internet can be!

  • Tana

    This video rocks. Thank you so much. :)

  • Janice

    To go against the current..to actually be happy and grateful for the simple things in life. Like a roof to protect us, food to fill our bellies and friends to warm our hearts.

  • Duchess

    Thanks! It reminds me of the "happy dance" I often do. Now I will add this to my 'repertoire' and spread more gratititude. nJoy Duchess

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