A Gratitude Journey with A.J. Jacobs

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 22, 2018

Today it’s a great honor to have A.J. Jacobs on the podcast. Jacobs is the author of It’s All RelativeDrop Dead Healthy, and the New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and My Life as an Experiment. He is a contributor to NPR, and has written for The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City with his wife and kids. His latest book is Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey. Get a handwritten thank you card at ajjacobs.com/thanks.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is Project Gratitude?
  • How A.J. went from grumpy to grateful
  • Why A.J. chose coffee as his main source of gratitude
  • The importance of savoring coffee (and everything else in life that matters)
  • Why we should be grateful for the barrister
  • The enemy of gratitude
  • The importance of the “zarf”
  • Where gratitude emerges, according to gratitude expert Bob Emmons
  • They importance of reframing your life
  • Some strategies to increase gratitude in daily life

AJ Jacobs showing Scott a zarf


One Response to “A Gratitude Journey with A.J. Jacobs”

  1. Mary Beth Rettger says:

    Hi… the two of you mentioned a paper on how expressing gratitude felt less awkward then people expected. Can you share the reference for that?

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