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November 25, 2010

How Being Thankful Can Make You Healthy

By Mark Sisson
38 Comments

With all the talk of food this week, I didn’t want to give the impression I’d missed the forest through the trees. Primal or traditional eats aside, it’s really about gratitude, isn’t it? Gratitude for those we love, for all we have, and for how far we’ve each come in one way or another. For my part today, I’m grateful for the love of my family, the benefit of health, and the continuing inspiration and support of the MDA community. While I appreciate the many emails I get from readers saying how the PB has changed their lives, this community has, indeed, changed mine. I want to thank you all today for reading and contributing. I value the wisdom, perspective, challenge, humor, and personal stories you have offered here over the years. MDA would not be what it is without you – the active, intelligent, and supportive community behind it.

As so many of us give thanks today, we’re doing more than our spirits good. Research has demonstrated that the act of gratitude – and it really is an action, isn’t it? – offers a myriad of benefits to our physical and mental health. We’re talking a greater sense of well-being and more hope for the future, but there’s more. In a number of studies, participants who kept gratitude journals (on a daily or weekly basis) reported higher health and personal goal realization, enhanced mental and physical energy, and better sleep quality and duration. Thankfulness can act as a key motivator for self-care as well. Fostering gratitude appears to boost people’s likelihood to engage in exercise. It also decreases their experience of physical ailments– everything from pain to colds – while increasing their general vitality.

Although we in the U.S. pause today to offer thanks, the day can serve as a reminder to focus on the good in our lives and world. It fosters a sense of gratitude certainly. Yet, it also offers each person a unique window into and more personal appreciation for other family members’ experiences. Gratitude in that sense starts with personal reflection but maybe fosters something larger – compassion, patience, benevolence. The only thing better than offering thanks today is fostering the mindset every day. The exercise can clearly have a deep and lasting impact on your life – and health.

Thank you once again, MDA readers, and (to all our U.S. readers) have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Dougie
Dougie
5 years 10 months ago

Live this: Have an attitude of gratitude! Happy Thanksgiving Mark and the entire MDA community.

Primal Toad
5 years 10 months ago

Amen.

Writing in a gratitude journal daily has done wonders for my health. Taking about 3 minutes a day to count your blessings and writing it down is a blessing in and of itself.

Jeff null Hopkins
5 years 10 months ago

I keep a gratitude list folded up in my wallet so I can pull it out and read it if a pity party gets started in my head. Excellent post, Mark. Happy Thanksgiving.

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 10 months ago

I’m below 60 kilos (132 pounds) today for the first time in a long time and very happy about that – I’m 6 ft.
Now I just need to build more muscle!

drdavidflynn
drdavidflynn
5 years 9 months ago

132 lbs. seems a bit light for a six footer. I’m curious about that. Seems to me that the free primal fitness e-book will help you build some lean muscle mass and put on some weight. You can download it right here on this page.

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 9 months ago

Yes, I have that, thanks. The weight is just the way I am genetically supposed to be – my father and his brother were skinny, my two sons are exactly the same. My mother always got called in by the school nurse, because I weighed about half of what I was supposed to relative to height – back then, they didn’t worry about fat kids, they worried about malnourishment 😀

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 10 months ago

I should explain the above: I’ve only weighed 5 pounds more than I wanted to in recent years – slimming down was never a problem to me. But I want to get my thin muscles to have more volume and shape and strenght. Any suggestions?

Roger Jack
5 years 10 months ago

Lift heavy things? Seriously, add some weight training.

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 10 months ago

It doesn’t seem to help. Maybe they are not heavy enough, or maybe I don’t do it often enough.
I have the idea that my muscles are of a ‘type’ destined to never bulk up.
Does such a thing exist?

jason
jason
5 years 10 months ago

No. Start a thread, but you’re *PROBABLY* not lifting heavy enough. Or eating enough.

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 10 months ago

Thanks. I think I’m eating enough. Must do better with the heavy lifting 😀

Danielht
Danielht
5 years 10 months ago
At 6ft and 132 lbs, it sounds like you could benefit a lot from weight training. I am of slender physique too, and in my experience, it takes more time for your body to “learn” that it must grow in response to the stimulus, than it takes for naturally bulkier people. I think that a big part of your body learning to respond to the stimulus is nutrition. You may think that you’re eating enough because you feel full, but it may not be enought to produce muecle growth. At first you may have to force yourself to eat more,… Read more »
Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the good advice. I’ll read that. It’s not even that I wan’t to get bulky, I just want to be stronger relatively. I eat three eggs for breakfast/lunch combined most days, fruit in the afternoon and a big dinner with lots of meat and veggies, so at least I’m pretty sure I get enough protein. I haven’t lifted consistently, so that’s probably it. I do planks front and sideways, but that’s not ‘lifting heavy’, I can see that. I’ll just have to get my butt in gear.

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 9 months ago

Thanks again – that article really has all the answers. I don’t know what I’ll do for ‘testicles’, but I’ll definitely start lifting heavier more consistently (or else shut up about it).

Rich
Rich
5 years 10 months ago

I think gratitude is overrated.

Clint White
Clint White
5 years 10 months ago

Great words once again, Mark.
I’m thankful I found the Primal Life. I’m thankful my spouse not only supports it, but has adopted it for herself as well.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who make this forum possible.

skink531
skink531
5 years 10 months ago

Since finding the PB lifestyle I now pay more attention to all the things I’m thankfull for. I am happier and healthier because of it. And I am thankfull to you, Mark. You have changed my life. Oh…and I’m thankfull I get to show up to Thanksgiving dinner 60 lbs lighter and will have a bunch of jeoulus family members. Thanks again Mark, you saved my life.

GSC
GSC
5 years 10 months ago

For me, everyday is a holiday. Or I try to make it one. This year I’ll give thanks for my stomach not howling like a crazed wolf; because I made it so.

Alison Golden
5 years 10 months ago

I am thankful for my child who just chose to walk with me in the cold, beautiful outdoors rather than sit at home and play his DS.

blair
blair
5 years 10 months ago

good for you 😉

drdavidflynn
drdavidflynn
5 years 10 months ago

Blessings to all. Happy Thanksgiving>

Kelda
5 years 10 months ago
Receiving gratitude this morning made me feel good and in turn feel grateful for the turn of events in my life that have occurred as a result of living Primal … I received this from my 18 year old daughter, until last week we had been estranged since she left without warning July 09 … Primal has given me a clarity of thought and a freedom from bipolar symptoms that have allowed me to renew our contact … she is around 28 lbs heavier than when she left and quite depressed … ‘Lee said just now that my legs are… Read more »
Primal Tiger
Primal Tiger
5 years 10 months ago

I am thankful that my precious son enjoys my paleo cooking…despite what his father says!

The Primal Palette
5 years 10 months ago

Happy Thanksgiving. We give thanks to Mark and the whole Primal Community. You guys have helped change our lives for the better.

Hey, that actually is pretty therapeutic!

Primal Pops
Primal Pops
5 years 10 months ago

Awesome! Thank you for your time and efforts MDA!

Maxim
5 years 10 months ago

Mark, you’ve mentioned “sleep duration and quality” twice in on sentence. 🙂

Good post anyway!

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 9 months ago

It’s just that important? Hehheh. 😉

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Sarah
4 years 9 months ago

Loved this article!!! Just wrote something similar on my blog over here http://the-healthy-diva.com/2011/12/24/be-thankful-for-what-you-have/ Having a positive attitude and being thankful for the small things is so important in life 🙂

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