The practice of saying thank you first tricks our brain out of its pattern of judgment (closed, resistant) and into the mindset of gratitude (open, accepting). Thank you makes your brain say, “Oh, I just said thank you. I must have just received something useful and wonderful. I better get a bit more curious and understand what that usefulness is.” And here’s what feels like the magical part to me: when we use this thank...

Improv makes living with cancer more bearable. I was diagnosed five years ago, and it has been such a blessing to have time for laughter without sickness crossing my mind. ...