Reframing Your Definition of Affluence

Since the release of my book The Primal Connection last year, I’ve been honored for it to have been critically recognized, receiving three distinguished awards: the silver winner at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards in the Body, Mind, and Spirit category; the bronze winner at Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards in the Health category; the Eric Hoffer award for best self-published book. But more than that, I’ve been honored by the positive reviews and feedback I’ve received from readers. For those of you that don’t have a copy of the book, and haven’t read it yet, the following is an excerpt straight from the pages of The Primal Connection. Oh…and today’s your lucky day. I want everyone to have a chance to read this book, so today I’m participating in a special promotion organized by Buck Books. Until midnight tonight you can get a Kindle copy of The Primal Connection for just 99 cents. (Several other books are just 99 cents for today only as well – check them all out here.) So grab your digital copy, tell your friends about it, and let me know what you think. Grok on!

The Primal ConnectionGratitude, with a capital G. The word should resonate as holy (which has the same root as healthy, and means whole), for without it, boredom prevails. With it, you acknowledge and appreciate life?s gifts. This embodiment extends beyond your attitude to become an actual personality trait, a stress management tool, and an overall way of life. You live in gratitude because you are here today? appreciative of the lessons and journey of your past, however imperfect?for no other particular reason or caveat. And you remain in gratitude through the daily struggles that give meaning and richness to your life.

Our ancestors devised animism and deities to thank for the bounties in nature. More recently in our history, tribal societies such as the Native Americans and the !Kung Bushmen of southern Africa thank the animal?s spirit for providing sustenance after it has been killed. If daily prayer or weekly services have a place in your life, you may be familiar with similar themes. But don?t overlook other modest ways to show gratitude in your day-to-day life. Giving yourself the luxury of a warm bath, making a phone call to grandma, or presenting a home-cooked meal to your family all count, too, if your intention is in the right place.

When you practice an attitude of gratitude, you appreciate what you have, not envy what you lack. It means you?re a good steward. You nourish and exercise your body and mind, cherish and respect your spouse, love your dog, keep your home clean and orderly, encourage your children. If you water your garden, you?ll watch it grow.

It?s the ability to see the beauty in simple things: a good red wine, a partner?s intimate touch, that post-workout calm, a great night?s sleep. The feel of the sun on your face, your feet in the wet sand, and your hands in the cool dirt. Or the thrill of pedaling down a rugged dirt trail, or the peace of floating on a quiet lake. Some time ago, for me, it was tasting the best shrimp of my life?grilled perfectly tender and flavorful in the shell with a mango-citrus dipping juice. Eating with my hands, sitting on the beach, enjoying the company of my wife and friends, I relished the full moment as much as that enticing platter.

When you practice gratitude, you create a happier take on your day-to- day world. But I am absolutely certain abundance only comes to people who appreciate the small gifts, the humble blessings, the basics. Oprah Winfrey is very much aware of this concept, saying it wasn?t until she went to Africa and had to carry water for every use of it that she realized her good fortune. She has said she hasn?t looked at water the same way again, never again has taken it for granted. Every time she turns on the tap, she is grateful.

Even material things, when combined with gratitude, multiply in value? your favorite T-shirt, your surfboard, your Ford Mustang. Practice gratitude regularly, make it a habit, and a curious thing begins to happen. Whether by an unscientific, mystical law of the universe, or simply by virtue of appreciating what you already have, you begin to open yourself to receive more. Such is the reward of good stewardship. And something else, even more curious: you actually find appreciation in some of life?s bitterest pills. Maybe your upbringing was not that great. It gave you character, didn?t it? So you got laid off? Great! You get an opportunity to explore a new adventure. Injured while training for your big marathon race? Ah, an opportunity to explore the novelty and fitness benefits of cross-training. Can you see how the more you appreciate, the more you see the glass half full rather than half empty, the more you feel gratitude?and you must feel it?the more aware you become of life?s hidden gifts? Can you see how the more you appreciate, the richer you become?

But don?t take my word for it. Let?s look at the science: University of California, Davis professor Robert Emmons, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology and author of Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, believes that living in gratitude is the single quickest and most efficient pathway to becoming happier. Yes, Emmons and other leaders in the burgeoning field of positive psychology can actually quantify this stuff, asserting that while familial genetics plays a large role in longevity, researchers have amassed significant data suggesting that up to 75 percent of longevity is related to psychological and behavioral factors. Emmons notes that chronically angry, depressed, or pessimistic people have long been observed to have an increased disease risk and shorter life spans. However, those who kept a simple ?gratitude journal? for three weeks or longer reported better sleep, increased energy, heightened creativity, enthusiasm, determination, and optimism … and an increased desire for exercise. Now that?s something to be grateful for!

Keep It Simple

Gratitude gives way to simplicity, notes Sarah Ban Breathnach in Simple Abundance. Indeed, simplicity was the way of our ancestors, and they were richly rewarded for it. Owning things was not only irrelevant, but a hindrance to our ancestors? semi-nomadic life. They met their needs on a daily basis without concern for surplus or excessive material possessions, trusting that the natural environment would provide. Marshall Sahlin refers to this way of life as ?affluence without abundance? (also the ?Zen road to affluence?), for such a non-materialistic value system affords many luxuries, including devotion to family and clan.

If this sounds like an idealist?s interpretation, consider the isolated hunter-gatherer societies across the globe today, who, like our ancient ancestors, work less, enjoy more leisure time, have no stress related to our Western mentality (i.e., the rat-race mentality) and enjoy arguably higher levels of life satisfaction in many enviable and profound ways. On a recent trip to South Africa, I witnessed this firsthand when we visited, by our materialistic standards, a dirt-poor village. The most memorable thing that came out of that experience for me was that everyone was smiling?all the time.

Not to discount the positive motivation of striving for career success and material gain (and the satisfaction that comes from succeeding), but we must also recognize the disadvantages of the modern mindset. Our culture, with its penchant for bigger, faster, stronger, tries to sell us the idea that the current more-is-better model is the norm, the inevitable, even the ideal. It?s the path of progress, we?re told, and we?d best keep up or get left behind. One can?t help asking, the path to whose progress?

The advertising firms on Madison Avenue have created a new standard in our collective psyche, defining in the shallowest terms who we should be, how we should look, and what we should have. I?m reminded of the dialogue in a scene from the popular television series Mad Men, depicting the dog-eat-dog world of 1960s advertising:

Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It?s freedom from fear. It?s a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you are doing is OK. You are OK.

Again, I?m not asking you to disavow your worldly possessions. Only to take inventory of the superfluous ?stuff ?: impulse buys and random things that strap you down with burden. If your world is cluttered with items that don?t bring you security, happiness, beauty, or meaningfulness, you are most certainly weighed down. Not only do these things clutter your exterior world but your interior world as well. More to take care of, more to haul around, more to box up and keep in storage. Liberate yourself, and get rid of it. And from this point on, commit to quality over quantity. Or as the minimalists say, live with less but only the best. Yes, less really can be more.

Feed the Habit

Celebrate life with affordable luxuries. Pull out your good china and silverware and light some long-stemmed candles…just because. Pick some flowers (or buy a cheap bouquet) and set them in your bedroom. Splurge on a basket of organic blueberries ($7 in some places!) or some fancy high-priced cappuccino. Use your imagination. What other ways can you find to indulge?

Start a gratitude journal. Make a comprehensive list of the things you are grateful for. See if you can list thirty, but strive for one hundred. I?ll give you five right now: your senses of sight, hearing, smelling, feeling, and tasting. Run with it. And be sure to come back to your journal often to record new entries. I recommend daily.

Live within your means, lower if possible.

Make a personal visit, a phone call, or write a handwritten letter. Express your Gratitude to someone who deserves it, but hasn?t been properly thanked.


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About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. I actually just wrote about money & self-worth on my blog today. I grew up very poor but extremely happy and was purposeful in fostering an attitude of gratitude as an adult.

    1. I enjoyed your blog post, good advice for sure!
      I have a cat that looks like yours, her name is Ink Spot, she was our “accidental cat” that became our “Ok, we are keeping her” cat. After being told not to feed her, I accidentally fed her and put water out since apparently she had escaped a fate worse than death and was living in our tree to stay safe. (We already had 3 cats and didn’t need another cat – or as it turns out 5 more cats)
      I’m grateful for Ink, she is good company when I wake up for no apparent reason at 1:30AM and remain awake until just before I get up at 4:30.

  2. Love this post!

    We live in one of the richest times in history in one of the richest countries in the world and yet so many times we fail to show gratitude for all we’re blessed with. Envy seems to be running rampant. Would be great if people showed more gratitude for what they did have and were better stewards of what they owned.

  3. Thank you Mark for the much needed reminder to appreciate the small things in life 🙂

  4. Hey Mark. Check the sentence “Even material things …” for missing words.

  5. A few other people I follow talk about keeping a gratitude journal, seems like a great idea

    “When you practice an attitude of gratitude, you appreciate what you have, not envy what you lack.”

    I think that’s where a lot of people struggle, and part of it is how much we’re exposed to everything someone else has and is doing.

    With Facebook updates, Instagram photos and the other, everyday you are bombarded by other peoples cool stuff, trips, and ideas. It becomes easy to look past all that you have and are doing in your own life. I think that’s a unique thing today that some people struggle to deal with.

    Enjoyed the post mark. I consider myself a Minimilist who strives to do more not have more! Doing my best to enjoy each moment before it passes.

    1. I find that it’s not what other people are doing and posting on FB that bothers me. You went to the beach? Whoop-dee-doo-good-for-you.

      What’s really turned me off of social media sites like FB are all the derogatory political memes that everyone seems to hurl around on both sides. Really creates a toxic atmosphere amongst “friends”.

      1. Jacob I would agree, the stuff that gets said is pretty crazy. The anonymity of the internet leads to some bad things. Comedian Louis CK has a hilarious bit on how people act when driving that is pretty fitting for our conversation!

      2. Yes, the derogatory political memes are pretty awful. I was thinking about this today. I post about political issues, but it’s usually a post suggesting people sign this petition or that–but I usually try to qualify it with “If this interests you…” or something similar.

        Do you think even these types of messages are too much amongst friends? If we can’t share our beliefs and ideas with our friends, who would we share them with? I don’t think I try to “ram” my beliefs down anyone’s throat, but if they’re things I believe in, I don’t mind people knowing I do. After all, someone may know more and get me to alter my view (if they would respond); and that in itself could be something to be thankful for.

        Anyhow, just curious if you have an opinion on it!

    2. Here’s one simple trick for that: feel happy for the person posting the update. They posted about a cool trip? Wow, how nice that they got to experience that. They posted pictures of their new baby? Enjoy the happiness of new parenthood vicariously. And so on. Envy is toxic and corrosive.

      1. Agreed. I’m not saying I have any negative feelings towards anyone who experienced something great in their life. My common range of emotions for that situation is not really caring one way or the other to happy for them (depending on the good news of course).

        What gets me is the really toxic crap that gets sent around on sites like FB where it seems to do nothing but cause bad feelings all around. For example, a derogatory political meme/post…. What’s the end result? People who don’t feel the same way as the poster of the political meme get annoyed/offended/etc. Even people who agree with the post get worked up. They just get all up in arms against the “other side”. It’s the “rah rah let’s go tar and feather them” attitude. Just negativity all around.

        1. Ha. Well, I just saw this. Maybe it’s the extent of your opinion. Personally, I don’t let people’s posts get to me. If I don’t agree, I don’t try and tear them down. But if friends want to battle out political topics on their own walls I say let them. I ignore it if it doesn’t concern me. Now if people randomly post to my wall, that would be another story altogether!

        2. That’s because of the inherent, false dichotomy of politics… and religion, and blah blah blah and so on…

          Long have we known that the human brain desires (if that is even the correct term) choices. So, advertising, marketing, propaganda, etc. has employed the fallacy of choice forever and ever, amen.

          The easiest example is the grocery store… a billion products, all made by about a dozen companies. Politics is the same, left and right, liberal and conservative, Rep and Dem… it’s all a sham.

          You will notice these false dichotomies and supposed choices all over the place when you realize it. It’s astounding.

          People get caught up in their “team” and react accordingly. It’s like sports. They can barely help themselves. I’m not excusing the behavior. But I have had to try really hard to recognize that people are being fooled, misled, etc. when discussing – for instance – diet, health and nutrition. I am sure you all know exactly what I mean.

  6. This post is how I’m going to view my next-door neighbor’s eviction from now on–apparently, he grabbed his kid, and his dog, stuffed everybody in the car, and just left. Yesterday, the landlord was over there, emptying out the house, and dragging every single thing to curb. You should’ve seen the circus of people around the pile, carting stuff away as if it were “the precious.” Traffic was building as people jockeyed for parking spots. My own driveway was blocked.

    When the crowds died down, I walked over and grabbed bags and boxes of clothes rejected by the crowds. I brought it home, sorted good from bad, and am going to wash it, dry it, fold it, repackage it, and donate it to a local charity thrift store this weekend.

    This guy’s stuff was free-yes. But he was perhaps more free for leaving it behind–circumstances notwithstanding.

  7. In the frugal community, there are people who say they have “an embarrassment of riches.” They aren’t rich monetarily, but they are rich in knowledge of how to live life and fill needs without being monetarily rich. This post is about all of us having an embarrassment of riches.

  8. This reminds me of the movie happythankyoumoreplease. A cab driver in the movie gives the lesson that you say to the universe, “Thank you, more please.” This gives thanks for what you’ve been given and keeps the doors open for more to flow in. By asking for more we are letting the universe know we appreciate all it is doing for us. Watch the movie, it says it much better than I am summizing!

  9. Thanks, Mark, for the excellent post; I need these reminders about gratitude! A big thanks for your book at 99c – a real blessing! This is the first time I’ve tried a Kindle version on my iPad and it is working great. Looking forward to a great read!
    Thanks again!

  10. SO beautifully written! I’m grateful for being able to read it!

  11. On the Pacific Crest, I once walked 26 miles as fast as I possibly could, dreaming of the promised hotdogs and hamburgers that would await me at Carson Pass. Then when it became clear I was going to miss the food, I dreamt of the chairs that would await me. When I arrived, I got to sit in a chair. A real chair! A green plastic resin chair! I was never so happy and comfortable! A lack of such things makes you so happy when you get them. I forgot all about the hamburgers and ate peanut butter and apples. Apples! So delicious!

    On another note, last I heard, Oprah uses over 1 million gallons of water per month on her property in Montecito. Let’s hope the fines they plan to implement in Montecito puts an end to that kind of wastefulness during this horrible drought.

  12. Another beautiful reminder to live in the moment. So glad this site is not all about the body. Just another reason it’s one of the most balanced health sites on the web. Thanks for everything Mark.

    1. Yes! That’s why I love this site too – we are not just bodies and “diet&exercise” is not enough for true health and wellness.

  13. Excellence, pure excellence! I am now going to see how to download a Kindle purchase onto my iPad, apparently it is possible and I want to read this book. Thank you for providing us with yet another nugget of knowledge & self awareness!

  14. The special price appear to be restricted to US readers. It would be nice to say so up front.

  15. Twenty years ago, due to numerous bad decisions on my part, my worldly possessions could be contained in one rather small and battered suitcase. For a time I lived in a welfare motel, blocking my room door with furniture each night because a single woman in a place like that was, in the minds of the majority of the male residents, fair game. The only job I could get was as a part-time cashier at Walmart.

    Today, I live a much different life. I’m happily married, I live in a beautiful condo in a national historic district, I have a good job. I have all the material trappings–SUV, nice clothes, smartphone, laptop. But I keep the journals I wrote during what I call the Dark Days, and every couple of months I pull them out to read … and to remember, and to be grateful for what I have. I never want to forget those days, horrible as they were. I’ve always found that the people who complain the most have never suffered anything remotely resembling hardship. They always knew where their next meal was, where they would sleep. When you don’t know, you’re very grateful when you reach the point where you do know.

  16. The Duke Patient Safety group has an ongoing study for healthcare providers (a phrase that incidentally I hate, commoditizing something as intimate as healthcare…) Anyway, back off soapbox, the exercise simply consists of writing down three good things about your day at night just before going to bed. Three things, what your role was in it, and the feelings you felt about it. They have data that doing this for only two weeks leads to decreased symptoms of burnout, increased happiness and contentment, and increased resilience. Give it a try; really write it down in a journal, a stone tablet, in Evernote, whatever. It’s a bit lower peak to climb than “gratitude” for the more cynical but still works.

    Doc Jim

  17. one of the best ways to feel gratitude, inner happiness and wealth, no matter your economic circumstances, is to volunteer.
    Help at the senior center, walk shelter dogs, teach people to read–lend your skills a few days a month, and it is impossible to feel anything but lucky.

  18. Gratitude Journal.

    I am grateful for:

    Entry 1: Having my sense of sight.
    Entry 2: Having my sense of sounds.
    Entry 3: Having my sense of touch.
    Entry 4: Having my sense of taste.
    Entry 5: Having my sense of smell.
    Entry 6: Learning from the work performed by Mark Sisson and all of his colleagues who contribute to Mark’s Daily Apple.

  19. And THIS is why I love Mark’s Daily Apple. You address the whole person, the spiritual as well as the numbers on the scale or on a cholesterol test. I do gratitude lists in my journal frequently, for the past 7-8 years, and it’s made a monumental difference in my life.

    I already own the hard copy of Primal Connection, but just *gratefully* accepted your offer for my Kindle as well…thank you!

  20. Wonderful and thoughtful post. The Primal Connection should be on everyone’s must read list. I refer back to it often when I’m feeling depressed or out-of-sorts and it never fails to inspire me.

  21. What a great deal! Thanks Mark…. I got the $.99 deal from Amazon and it is on my Kindle Paper White.
    Best deal I’ve had so far this year!

    Jay (o:

  22. I just bought the Primal Connection for full price just to show my gratitude to Mark for providing this resource.

  23. I just bought the Primal Connection for full price just to show my gratitude to Mark for providing this resource.

  24. Every day when I see the sun for the first time, I stop for a moment and reflect on the first five things that come to mind that I’m grateful for. Theirs no criteria for entry, and I try not to over think it.

    Just the first five things that pop in, in no particular order.

    Days where I can’t see the sun can feel draining…. But when it eventually shines again that usually ends up being one of the things i’m grateful for!

    Funny how that works.

    1. I love that! I’m going to steal that idea. I’ve always noticed that being outside in the sunshine makes me happy – and it’s nice to add a gratitude ritual to the mix.

  25. I went through a relationship situation. And spend three months depressed and crying. Wishing things were different.

    I got to the point that I knew I had to change my thinking. This was hurting me in every way. So I decided to stop wishing, yearning and wanting. And I started being thankful. Within two weeks I started feeling better. My heart doesn’t hurt so much anymore.

    It does work. Try it. You will be amazed.

  26. Affluence consists of living well below your means.

    It does wonders for your attitude, as does having at least two month’s income in the bank, and maintaining it that way.

  27. Some of my happiest times were living in a 500-sq. ft. apartment in Virginia Beach right after I got out of boot camp. We didn’t have any of our stuff because I wasn’t yet at my permanent duty station, so we had three pieces of furniture: a bed, a futon, and a computer cart. Our walk-in-closet was only half full. We were living so far below our means that having a weekend “stay-cation” on the boardwalk was no big deal, and my husband and I were high from seeing each other for the first time in two months. Each time we move, I think about how the best moments are after the packers have taken all our stuff, and we’re left with the bare minimum, or when I’m living out of a hotel for travel and just don’t have a lot of stuff.

    My newest duty station is going to be Hawaii, in just a few weeks here, and while my husband and I already cleaned out a lot of stuff, we are ready to take it even further so we can fit into an inexpensive, super-small place again. We’re only going to use it for sleeping, anyway!

  28. I can suggest a quick way to get an adjustment in your attitude towards material things:

    Get diagnosed with a brain tumor.

    That was my day on June 12th. (When a doctor calls your cell phone in the evening, you know it ain’t gonna be good news…)

    I’ve been Primal for 4 years, quite healthy, but I lost the roll of the great universal dice.

    My thoughts so far, 1 month into this? I’ve worked hard to spend time with my kids, my wife, my friends. I’ve written letters to all my children for when I’m gone. And I am focusing every day on the little things – flowers, kids laughing, my wife’s smile.

    I’ve become 100% Primal (as opposed to maybe 85/15), because about the only weapon I wield in this battle with the little bastard growing in my head is to stay as strong and healthy as I can, as I undergo what lies ahead (surgery for sure, chemo/radiation/who knows what else possibly.)

    I don’t know how long I have – could be 6 months, or perhaps I’ll win the modern medical miracle roll-of-the-dice and medicine will give me 20 years.

    But I know two things: first, my attitude toward material things has changed fundamentally. Second, my appreciation for every moment, every primal breath I breath, knows no bounds.

    (Funny – I’ve told no one of my diagnosis except my wife (of course) – until now, and now I’m telling a bunch of strangers on a blog. Primal instinct for community support do you suppose?)

    Now – go kiss your spouse & hug your kids (or whomever you’re close to) – and EXPERIENCE it and ENJOY it.

    1. John,
      My prayers are with you on your journey. I don’t know the exact circumstances of your situation, but I worked in radiation oncology and I did see people heal and defy the odds. The best thing I can advise is have a support system and it doesn’t have to be huge. A few people that can rally round and see what needs to be done. Watch funny movies, Hug anyone who will have you!

      Best wishes.

    2. Fight it with what ever it takes.

      Best of luck to you and your family.

    3. > Get diagnosed with a brain tumor.

      Here’s another blogger who has, so far, arrested hers using KD.

      > I’ve been Primal for 4 years, …

      If I had a diagnosis, I’d go full keto, perhaps calorie-restricted, and look at adding exogenous ketones (e.g. KetoForce), hyperbaric therapy, and consider reduced-dosage chemo (but not rad).

      The somatic (gene) theory of cancer appears to be at a dead end. The Standard of Care for most cancers results in little improvement in survival, crushing expense and advanced discomfort. The metabolic (Warburg/Seyfried) theory looks good on paper, but therapies are still experimental. Only results will tell. In the meantime, we are on our own in placing bets on causes and treatments.

    4. Thank you for sharing this with us. Whatever happens, you have given the rest of us a gift. Your perspective and honesty. I feel like you are saying your sharing does cost you something in an intangible way, and so I’d like to pay you back with my esteem for your clarity and openness during a time of great uncertainty and I suspect many other things that I shouldn’t guess at or label. May our energy reach you and help you heal. May our energy make your path a little easier.

      1. Enough days have elapsed since you all responded that no one may see this, but I do have to say Thanks to all of you.

        In the dark place I find myself, even these simple notes mean more to me than I would have guessed beforehand. Just knowing there are kind people out there who would take the time to write such nice thoughts gives me something positive to focus on.

        So again… Thank you all for your kindness.

  29. Wonderful!!!

    Any hope to get a bargain on the primal blueprint any time soon? (-:
    Sorry, but $ is tight now a days…

  30. Thanks for the bargain book – I just picked it up for 59p in the UK.

  31. So many people think that Paleo/Primal is just another Atkins-type diet, but “The Primal Connection” really lays out a holistic approach to lifestyle and wellbeing. This also happens to be great for the planet, in my opinion.

  32. Thank you for making this book available for an extra day! Great summer reading and very, very generous. Thank you for making my day… off to share on my blog… Karen P

  33. Mark, thank you for a beautiful post.

    @John, Stay Strong! And thank you for sharing. A humbling reminder to be grateful for relationships, not stuff. Bless you.

  34. Ever since reading Rhonda Byrne’s book The Magic I have started the day with my gratitude journal listing 10 things I’m grateful for and why. The magic is gratitude. It’s almost like a meditation and really sets me up for the day. On days I’m too rushed to do it my day doesn’t turn out nearly as well. Byrne also recommends a gratitude exercise as you’re going to sleep.–You think about all the good things that happened during the day and pick the best one. It lets you fall asleep in a state of gratitude instead of revisiting all your worries.

  35. I would like to add to this conversation that one of the best ways to express gratitude is to give one’s service to a cause or to other people (or animals or the Earth). I do write my daily appreciations, but only in the service of others do I feel truly grateful for what I have.

    I have stopped myself from writing an essay on ethics and political economy. But really my daily question is “how can I do more?” and I don’t mean pull ups.

  36. Thanks so much for the special Mark! I am really enjoying the read. Thanks also for all you do with the Apple. I am six weeks in to the Primal Blueprint lifestyle, two shirt sizes down and coming alive again with energy and well being. The book and this website have played a big part in setting me on the right path and keeping me inspired. The Primal Connection is definitely an invitation to broaden the horizon of overall health and affluence. Keep up the great work and thanks again!

  37. This is a wonderful post, one I’ve thought about every day since reading it. I shared it with my friend and also my nephew.

    Thank you!