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32: Why Gratitude is the Ultimate Form of Self-Care

How many of us have sat around a dinner table while everyone went around and said what they were grateful for? 🙋‍♀️

This Thanksgiving tradition may be the cause of many eye rolls, but we think it’s a great reminder of how important gratitude is. In this week’s episode of Breathe In, Breathe Out, Krystal muses about the power of gratitude and how it’s actually one of the best ways to practice self-care.


Think meditation is hard? Do me a favor. Take a slow deep breath in and now breathe out. Congratulations. You just meditated. Hi, I’m Krystal and Jakosky and this is Breathe In, Breathe Out: a weekly mindfulness and meditation podcast for anyone ready to own their own shit and find a little peace while doing it.

Welcome back to Breathe In, Breathe Out. I’m Krystal Jakosky. Last week, we took a moment to connect with where we’re at and our surroundings, and have a moment of connected presence this week. I want to talk a little bit about gratitude. We’re coming up on Thanksgiving. It’s a very traditional time for us to pause and be thankful and grateful. And I remember as a kid rolling my eyes every now and then once we would go around the table and we’d have to list what we were grateful for. And I remember the whole, everyone was like, “I want to be the first one to say, I’m grateful for my family, or I want to say something that’s going to make people go well, that’s a really cool thing.” And it was more stressful for me to try to find something cool than just sitting with myself and being able to say in this moment, this is what I’m grateful for.  

For whatever reason, I had a hard time just being in that moment and saying, “this is what I’m really grateful for.” Now as an adult, it’s a lot easier for me and I could sit here and I could give you a list upon list and go on for a long time. We could have a huge long conversation about gratitude and what I’m grateful for and why. And, and I really feel strongly about the why I’m super grateful for this because of ABC and that in and of itself. I’m grateful for that mind shift in it. And yet I want to dig into gratitude for all of us. 

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