By Kristen Manieri

Gratefulness as a Way of Life with Kristi Nelson

We tend to think of gratitude as something we practice once in a while. But Kristi Nelson, author of Wake Up Grateful and executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, sees it differently. To her, gratitude is about living a grateful way of life and cultivating a perspective of gratefulness that influences our entire approach to how we show up in life. With a ‘take nothing for granted’ commitment to living, Kristi invites us to explore what it means to treasure, savor, appreciate, cherish and celebrate our lives.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • Gratitude versus grateful living;
  • How to use gratefulness to become more awake, alert, appreciative and alive;
  • Cultivating a grateful perspective;
  • How to savor uncertainty and befriend ourselves.

This interview will inspire and move you. Listen wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Kristi Nelson is author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted and the Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living. She has spent her adult life immersed in the rewarding work of non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, fund, and strengthen organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Kristi received her BA from UMass/Amherst, a graduate certificate in Business and Sociology from Boston College, and her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Leadership Studies, from Harvard University. Learn more at gratefulness.org/kristi-nelson/.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits, will be released this summer. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 100 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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