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Mary Crafts has been part of the best events in Utah for over 35 years. She is the largest off-premise caterer in Utah, catering for names like Oprah Winfrey, George W. Bush, and Sir Elton John. She's a 16X Best of State winner! Now there's an opportunity to give back and to share with others her hard-won life lessons and success, bringing you her life experiences as only she can to help you craft a meaningful life!

Apr 26, 2024

Mary takes a deep dive into the profound impact of gratitude on our daily existence. Joel Zuckerman, returning for a second appearance on the podcast, explores the nuances of being thankful, not just as a fleeting emotion but as a consistent and deliberate practice that permeates every facet of life. Mary engages Joel in a discussion that orbits around the hows and whys of gratitude, underpinning the narrative with her own daily meditation experiences, where messages of gratitude often surface unprompted.

Joel uncovers the concept of 'proactive gratitude,' where he explains the importance of not just feeling thankful but also expressing this gratitude towards others. He shares personal anecdotes and practical tips, like the 'count your blessings' nightly routine, illustrating how gratitude can serve as a tool for finding peace and improving sleep. Mary reflects on her practice of direct gratitude, shedding light on the ripple effects of such actions on others. 


About Joel:

Joel Zuckerman, a man of many talents and diverse professional experiences, brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the dialogue on crafting a meaningful life. With a background that spans working on Wall Street, running his own business, to becoming an acclaimed golf writer for the Carolina Morning News, his career trajectory is as impressive as it is varied. Joel has authored numerous golf books, contributed to over 120 different magazines, and has spoken extensively about golf at various events. Now, turning his attention towards gratitude, he channels his prowess into writing, speaking, and teaching about the transformative power of gratitude, as seen through his website Gratitude Tiger, his book "Grateful", and his "Mostly Grateful" podcast.



  • Gratitude as a daily practice: Joel reveals the physiological benefits of gratitude and his evening ritual, 'count your blessings', which aids in better sleep and calms the nervous system.

  • Expression of gratitude: Joel emphasizes the importance of proactive gratitude – actively thanking and appreciating others, rather than simply feeling grateful internally.

  • The transformative effect: Sharing gratitude can profoundly impact both the giver and the receiver, fostering a sense of peace and connection.

  • Gratitude through letters: Joel shares how his practice of writing letters of gratitude has enriched his life and recommends that even brief, sincere expressions can be deeply meaningful.

  • Gratitude in adversity: Joel admits that despite personal faults and difficulties, gratitude remains a cornerstone in his efforts to live a meaningful life.

Notable Quotes:

  • "Silent gratitude isn't much good for anybody." - Gertrude Stein, as quoted by Joel Zuckerman to emphasize the need for expressing gratitude.

  • "By the author Gertrude Stein. And she said, silent gratitude isn't much good for anybody, which I love, because we're all grateful." – Joel Zuckerman amplifying the need to communicate gratitude.

  • "We're grateful that today did not get jolted off." – Mary Crafts highlighting the power of acknowledging small daily blessings.

  • "You can extend gratitude... in six words or six sentences. I do it... in six or seven paragraphs." – Joel Zuckerman on the flexibility of gratitude expression.

  • "Gratitude is one manifestation of who I am." – Joel Zuckerman discussing the multifaceted nature of his personality and the place of gratitude within it.


  • Joel Zuckerman's book "Grateful"

  • Joel's website: Gratitude Tiger (

  • Joel's podcast "Mostly Grateful"