An Attitude of Gratitude

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November 22, 2015

Experts agree, gratitude is good for you.  It lowers stress, increases happiness, improves physical health, decreases depression and even helps you sleep better.  So while it's great to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, you'll feel even better if you cultivate an attitude of gratitude all year long.  This hour, we meet a guy who practices "extreme gratitude".  And we discuss the politics of giving.  Do you have to be grateful when someone gives you a gift you didn't ask for and don't want?

Thank you notes for the nurses and doctors in Wuhan, China.

In Japan, there is a name for extreme gratitude — Naikan. Gregg Krech is dedicated to the practice, and he thinks holidays should be less about running around making everything perfect and more about inner reflection.


Writer Haddayr Copley-Woods says she's been trying to figure out how to deal with unsolicited help since she was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For the helpers, it’s a nice thing to do. For her, it’s patronizing.

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November 22, 2015
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