An Attitude of Gratitude

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?

  1. How to Cultivate Gratitude

    So – time for a lesson in Naikan.  A Japanese tradition, or spiritual discipline, that teaches people how to deliberately cultivate gratitude – by noticing how much we take for granted.  Gregg Krech teaches Naikon in Middlebury Vermont – and he says if you want to give it a try, be thankful for more than the turkey this Thanksgiving - thank your roof, your furnace, even the lane lines in the street.  

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  2. Raising Gracious Children

    Want to sum up a parent’s job in one word? It might be “giving”.  Here’s commentator Marion Winik on teaching her youngest child to be giving too.

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  3. The Problem with Gettng Help

    Most of the time, it’s kind of clear when you should be grateful.  For instance, if someone gives you something, or even holds the door for you… you say thank you.  But what if you didn’t actually want help?  What if complete strangers kept insisting on giving you a hand? Haddayr Copley-Woods says she's been trying to figure out how to deal with that for years, since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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  4. Gifting is, well, complicated

    Is it actually possible to give a truly selfless gift? Anthropologist David Graeber says it's not only impossible, the entire idea of a "free gift" is nothing but a construct born in opposition to impersonal market economies. In other words, it’s you know, complicated. 

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  5. Punk Turns 40!

    Today we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Punk.   For 40 years, punk has influenced not just music, but fashion, film,  art… not to mention hairstyles.  So what makes punk… punk?  Music journalist Legs McNeil is the guy who named it.  And chronicled it.  Along with Gillian McCain wrote THEE book on the history of punk. It’s an oral history called “Please Kill Me.”

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  6. Patti Smith

    Punk legend Patti Smith.  40 years ago, she came out with the seminal punk album Horses –with cover photo by her friend and lover Robert Mappelthorpe.

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