Kristi Nelson || Wake Up Grateful

July 28, 2022

Today we welcome Kristi Nelson, the executive director of A Network for Grateful Living. Her life’s work in the non-profit sector has focused on leading, inspiring, and strengthening organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Being a long-time stage IV cancer survivor moves her every day to support others in living and loving with great fullness of heart. She is the author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted. 

In this episode, I talk to Kristi Nelson about gratefulness. She differentiates gratefulness from gratitude by describing the former as an orientation towards life, without being dependent on internal or external circumstances. Kristi shares with us the practice of Stop, Look, Go and her five guiding principles that can inspire you to live a life of gratefulness. We also touch on the topics of positive psychology, mindfulness, play, and self-compassion.

Website: gratefulness.org


  • Kristi’s cancer diagnosis 
  • Gratitude vs gratefulness
  • Gratefulness during hard times
  • Reclaim play, curiosity, courage
  • Life is a gift
  • Everything is surprise
  • The ordinary is extraordinary
  • Appreciation is generative
  • Say yes to your life
  • Love is transformative
  • Stop, Look, Go
  • Befriending our full selves
  • Leaving a grateful legacy

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