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Mobile App 'Call on Faith' Welcomes New Channel on Gratitude

Three-time Emmy Award Winner Produces "Taking Time to Be Grateful"

Contact: Mary Dickey, VP Communications, Odyssey Networks, 212-870-1046, mdickey@odysseynetworks.org

NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 /Standard Newswire/ -- What single practice can make you more relaxed, more energetic, happier, more popular and give you deeper sleep? No, it's not yoga, meditation or marathon running. It's gratitude. And there are plenty of scientific studies that back up those claims about the benefits of being thankful. Award-winning documentarian Debra Gonsher Vinik has made it easier than ever to make gratitude a part of daily life with her new video series "Taking Time to Be Grateful."

Vinik's collection of 2-3 minute videos features reflections on the many aspects of gratitude and reminds viewers to take a brief break each day to be thankful. They are available on Call on Faith, the all-video inspirational mobile app from Odyssey Networks in a special channel "Taking Time to Be Grateful."

"We often think of gratitude as something esoteric or abstract, something to postpone for later," says Vinik, who is the founder and president of Diva Communications. "We think of it as difficult to build time into our day for something so vital, when in fact it's incredibly easy -- something you can do in the time it takes to wait for your train or your morning coffee."

"Time to Be Grateful" is one of 21 specialized video channels on the Call on Faith app, offering 200-plus videos featuring personal stories, music, meditation, prayer, daily inspiration and prayers from the world's great faith traditions. The app may be downloaded free of charge on smartphones, tablets and the Nook e-reader through iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Blackberry World. For more information, visit www.callonfaith.com.

About Odyssey Networks
Established in 1987, Odyssey Networks, a non-profit 501 c (3), is a service of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition, Inc. It has over 150 denominational, organizational and individual members representing the world’s major faith traditions.  Odyssey produces award-winning content for cable TV, the Internet and mobile. Its news videos, which are syndicated to over 70 major websites, report current issues and events through the lens of faith in order to promote greater tolerance among people of different beliefs.
www.odysseynetworks.org

About Diva Communications
Diva Communications, Inc, founded in 1985, is a programming and production company that aims to integrate faith and social justice across a range of platforms, from web to mobile to broadcast. The president and founder, Debra Gonsher Vinik, has won three Emmy Awards for Best Religious Programming. Her latest documentary is "Divine Prescription: Stories of Faith, Health and Community." Vinik also operates a website Mincha Moment (
www.minchamoment.com) which focuses on gratitude.