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November 24, 2002

On Thanksgiving Day most Americans spend at least a little time doing just that – giving thanks.  But followers of a Japanese discipline called Naikan practice what you could call “extreme gratitude.”  They make a point of thanking everyone and everything in their lives – every day.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, gratitude as a spiritual practice.  Also food memories and recipes from Chez Panisse.

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.

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November 24, 2002
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