Why practicing gratitude is good for your body, mind and soul

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and friends. It’s designed for gathering and articulating our gratitude for each other and the fruits of the earth. Particularly in these trying times, practicing gratitude can help lift your spirits in the moment and create a positive outlook for a lifetime. 

Guest host Chris Farrell spoke with three experts on wellness about the role gratitude plays in our overall health and the health of our relationships with other people and the planet.

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.


  • Annie Pezalla is a professor of psychology at Macalester College in St. Paul. She teaches about Positive Psychology and the practice of gratitude.

  • Diane Wilson is the author of the novel “The Seed Keeper” and several memoirs. She's a Dakota writer living in Shafer, Minn.

  • Mary Jo Kreitzer is the director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and a professor at the School of Nursing. 

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