Nancy Davis Kho: Cultivating Happiness Through Gratitude Letters | Sero Boost #11

In this episode, host Lu Ngo is joined by speaker, author, and podcaster Nancy Davis Kho.

When you hear the word “gratitude,” what first comes to mind? This can mean being grateful for things in your life or showing affection to those who have uplifted you. This is a healthy way to overcome stress and can lead to increased feelings of joy. But still, you may sometimes wonder how to stay positive when everything seems overwhelming.

Meet Nancy Davis Kho

Nancy Davis Kho is a speaker, author, and podcaster whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR affiliate KQED. She is the author of The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time (Running Press).

Moreover, Nancy covers “the years between being hip and breaking one” at and on the Midlife Mixtape Podcast, available on all major podcast platforms. The Midlife Mixtape Podcast won a 2020 Iris Award as Podcast of the Year and was included in The Wall Street Journal’s list of 8 Podcasts for Anyone Nervously Facing Retirement. 

About the episode

In this episode, host Lu Ngo and Nancy talked about gratitude, which Nancy described as the practice of appreciating the good things in one’s life. She said gratitude is a mindset that can be cultivated through practices such as writing letters of thanks or counting blessings; it helps shift an individual’s perspective and allows them to see goodness in even the smallest things.

Nancy highlighted the value of writing gratitude letters. According to her, fostering that practice can significantly impact one’s happiness and well-being since it provides an opportunity to reflect on positive experiences, express appreciation, and create a collection of letters that can be revisited for emotional support. She also added that writing gratitude letters stands out in today’s digital world and adds a meaningful touch.

In conclusion

By practicing gratitude, one can experience improved overall well-being and a more positive outlook. This is essential, especially in challenging times when it is easy to focus on the negative. Gratitude involves acknowledging the little blessings and moments of positivity that often go unnoticed. It is a practice that requires ongoing attention and reflection.

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