How to Practice Gratitude for Year-Round Benefits


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We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Nicole LePera, A.J. Jacobs, Martha Beck, Susan Cain and Cory Allen as our guests on this special “Thanksgiving” episode all about gratitude!

Research from Harvard Medical School shows that “gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships." We know that it’s good to give thanks but so many of us struggle to make it a regular practice and this episode will teach you how to do so and why it is worth prioritizing!

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Our Special Guests and I Discuss How to Practice Gratitude and …

  • Dr. Nicole LePera – how she defines gratitude and why it’s important
  • How verbally stating or writing can activate feelings of appreciation
  • Our tendency to pay attention to what we lack rather than what we have
  • Shifting from “I have to” to “I am grateful for the opportunity”
  • A.J. Jacobs – how practicing gratitude is a way to not take things for granted
  • The hedonic treadmill and the “I’ll be happy” when trap
  • His active practice of texting his mom every day what he’s grateful for
  • How the more specific the better when it comes to expressing gratitude
  • Martha Beck – how she was impacted when she first read about the benefits of gratitude
  • How engaging in your senses is a good way to practice gratitude
  • Her 3:1 gratitude practice – for every negative experience, think of 3 positive ones
  • Reveling in what the soul yearns for sharpens a gratitude practice
  • Susan Cain – how she notices and savors beautiful things
  • How we need to both accept the beauty and the difficult realities of our existence
  • The best gateway to gratitude is discovering what elevates us
  • How she teaches her kids gratitude
  • Cory Allen – how what we associate with gratitude is what makes us feel grounded and safe
  • How he goes deeper into gratitude
  • How gratitude comes from being present and getting curious
  • The benefits of practice gratitude for its own sake


Dr. Nicole Lepera

A.J. Jacobs

Martha Beck

Susan Cain

Cory Allen

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If you enjoyed these conversations about Gratitude, please check out these other episodes:

How to Make Life Easier with Greg McKeown

How to Explore Our Awareness with Jonathan Robinson

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