Inside Out: Thanksgiving Daily

11.06.19 | Martha Manikas-Foster

Thanksgiving’s coming up. Some of us will travel. Some will host. Some will cook. And we all will eat. And we’ll spend time thinking about—and talking about--what we’re thankful for.


But for many of us, the gratitude that marks the Thanksgiving holiday evaporates quickly. Soon we’re back into rhythms and habits that don’t slow down enough for us to give thanks for the good in our lives. 


My guest for this conversation on giving thanks and developing a habit of it is Amy Julia Becker. She’s the author of four books, and her work has appeared in periodicals including The New York TimesUSA TodayChristianity Today, and The Washington Post. Here we talk about the themes in her 2014 article “This Odd American Holiday,” as well as strategies that could help us pause, take stock, and give thanks daily.


“We’re moving quickly. We easily forget what has happened,” Becker says. “But if something can intervene to say, ‘Hey, but wait a second, is there anything to give thanks for?’ and to name it, it really can transform--over time I think--who we are and how we operate and how we see ourselves and other people. And it can be really beautiful.”


Choose the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD icon above to hear our 15-minute conversation.


Read the article that inspired this conversation.


Find out more about Amy Julia Becker and her articles and books, including White Picket Fences.


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