This week, we’re taking a little break to catch up on all of the things (anyone else feeling overwhelmed?) by sharing a Spawned podcast episode from a couple of years ago with a message we could all use right now. Back in 2019, author Nancy Davis Kho, shared how her simple gratitude project of writing thank you letters changed her life.

We all know by now that research has shown that gratitude can have positive physiological effects, not to mention lots of other benefits, all of which we could use—for the holidays and every day. Nancy offers listeners some fantastic, actionable ways to bring more gratitude into your own life, and to foster that with your kids.

You can listen now, but be sure to subscribe to Spawned so you never miss an episode. And if you have literally 5 seconds, leave us a 5-star review!

More about The Thank You Project

The Thank You Project - How to create a gratitude practice with Nancy Davis Kho

The Thank You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time is a helpful guide to a gratitude practice that involves writing thank you letters to people, places, even things in your life. Over the course of a year, author Nancy Davis Kho wrote 50 thank-you letters to celebrate her 50th birthday, which she shares in this lovely book (which makes a wonderful holiday gift, by the way).

We’re also big fans of Nancy’s podcast, Midlife Mixtape. If you’re not a subscriber, we highly recommend it.

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Huge thanks to Vrbo for supporting Spawned. They’ve been our go-to for years for our own vacations, and this year, they conducted a survey with some fascinating results that they compiled in their 2022 Trend Report. Last week, we talked about their findings related to family travel, and this week, we’re sharing some information related to work-life balance, which we could really use some help with, and we’re betting you might too. You can learn more about their 2022 Trend Report on their website! 

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We’re also excited to welcome Bombas as a sponsor! We’ve loved Bombas socks for years, and well, since that first pair Kristen bought years ago, they’ve added so many cool styles and designs, making them a wonderful gift that keeps on giving. And with every pair you purchase, they donate a pair to a person who is experiencing homelessness. Order soon to get them in time for the holidays (Psst: they make a great teacher gift!).

Our Cool Picks of the Week

Nancy: Dear Girls, by Ali Wong. It’s a little raunchy, a little touching, and a super quick read.

Kristen: The USPS Operation Santa! Adopt a letter and help a family in need this holiday season.

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