In this episode, Diana Butler Bass reimagines gratitude by examining two primary approaches: the self-help approach and the ethical approach. Acknowledging her inner ingrate, she critiques social systems of gratitude and turns to envision how we might become more grateful individuals and communities.

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Guest: Diana Butler Bass


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Diana Butler Bass is an award-winning author of nine books on faith and spirituality in America including her most recent, Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution that received both the Nautilus Award and the Book of the Year from the Religion News Association. She has been a college professor, a weekly columnist for the New York Times syndicate, and is a popular conference speaker. She currently writes on religion for the Washington Post and the Huffington Post and is the founder – along with CNN analyst David Gregory – of Divinum, a spiritual “think tank” in Washington, DC. Her next book, Deeply Grateful, releases March 2018 from HarperOne.