The Current

The Current for December 21, 2018

Today on The Current: We hear from an author who went on a journey to thank 1,000 people who had a hand in making his morning cup of coffee — and another author who warns that gratitude has a dark side; we hear the story of an elderly man in Wales who died, but left a heartwarming surprise for his neighbours; and we look at the highs and lows of bringing weed into the bedroom.
Piya Chattopadhyay is today's guest host on The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

  • Do you ever forget to look up from your phone and say thank you to the person who hands you your coffee in the morning? A.J. Jacobs caught himself doing that too often, so he set out on a journey to make gratitude a habit. He ended up meeting about 1,000 people involved in creating that cup of coffee; he tells us what they taught him. But there is a dark side to gratitude, argues Jeremy David Engels. In his book The Art of Gratitude, he says gratitude can enshrine the notion of indebtedness, and pacifie citizens to accept the status quo. He tells us why.
  • We hear the story of an elderly man in Wales who died, but left a heartwarming surprise for his neighbours — a pile of wrapped Christmas gifts for their toddler daughter, enough for one every year until her 16th birthday.
  • In a conversation first aired after marijuana was legalized in Canada in October, we look at the highs and lows of bringing weed into the bedroom, and mixing pot with intimate relationships.

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