The Nourished Nervous System Podcast

Episode  45 - Getting Real About Gratitude: More Than Just Thank You Notes

 Hosted by Kristen Timchak          

This episode uncovers the transformative power of gratitude far beyond clichés. Diving into personal reflections and scientific research, I reveal how gratitude positively affects mental and physical health, counteracts societal pressures of 'not enoughness,' and serves as an unexpected resistance to consumerism. 

I explore practical gratitude practices, from traditional journaling to acknowledging the natural world and creating moments of thankfulness in everyday life. Whether you're looking to improve your wellbeing or find a deeper connection with the world around you, this episode offers insights and inspiration to truly embrace the essence of gratitude.

In this Episode:

  • ¬†Gratitude and Its Importance
  • ¬†Exploring the Power of Gratitude
  • Personal Journey with Gratitude Practices
  • ¬†Gratitude as a Form of Reciprocity and Connection
  • ¬†Scientific Insights on Gratitude's Impact
  • ¬†Gratitude as an Antidote to Capitalism and Not Enoughness
  • ¬†Practical Steps to Cultivate Gratitude

Related Episodes:

Episode 36 - Weaving a Net of Resource

Episode 41 - Perfectionism is a Form of Chronic Stress


 Embodying Gratitude Meditation


Tung, L. (n.d.). Your brain on gratitude: How a neuroscientist used his research to heal from grief. WHYY.

Fox, G. R., Kaplan, J., Damasio, H., & Damasio, J. (2015). Neural correlates of gratitude. Frontiers in Psychology, 6.

Wong, Y. J., Owen, J., Gabana, N. T., Brown, J. W., McInnis, S., Toth, P., & Gilman, L. (2018). Does gratitude writing improve the mental health of psychotherapy clients? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy Research, 28(2), 192‚Äď202.

Kimmerer, R. W. (2015). Braiding sweetgrass. Milkweed Editions.



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