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Monday, November 19, 2007

Don't Be A Turkey, Give Thanks

For Thanksgiving 2005, I wrote about the myth of the amino acid tryptophan inducing that Thanksgiving dinner nap we all love. Thanksgiving 2006, I wrote about the science behind why some foods taste delicious to us.

This year, I decided to focus on the whole giving thanks part of Thanksgiving.

University of California - Davis psychology professor, Dr. Robert Emmons, has been researching just how important it is for us to give thanks. According to Dr. Emmons, people who show gratitude on a daily basis for all of life's little blessings are:

* exercising more
* complaining of fewer illnesses
* feeling better about their lives overall
* feeling more loving
* feeling more forgiving, joyful, enthusiastic and optimistic about their futures

"Gratitude is literally one of the few things that can measurably change people's lives," Emmons says.

In his book, Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, he gives us 10 researched-based strategies for practicing true gratitude. Apparently, you can just half-ass think of a couple things you're thankful for as you pass the mashed potatoes.

True gratitude involves contemplation and introspection.

So I guess I'll start. I'm very thankful for all of you. I appreciate your readership, your comments, and your coming to my little corner of cyberspace. To all my ol' faithfuls and newly found buddies, thank you very much.

Happy Thanksgiving

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24 Comments:

Blogger Jay said...

Aw, the holiday has made you all mushy.

11/19/2007 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Leonidas said...

Excited to be a part of the site! I'm also thankful for finding a new "connection" with the Phoenix.

11/20/2007 12:10 AM  
Blogger Orhan Kahn said...

You're very welcome :)

Thank you for being so entertaining.

11/20/2007 6:50 AM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

Happy Thanksgiving buddy, to you and your family!

11/20/2007 9:49 AM  
Blogger shay said...

Happy "American" Thanksgiving to you. (I'm Canadian).
I'm thankful for blogs! They make me laugh, cry and feel like I'm blessed all in one day.
It also helps me feel somewhat less invisible:)

11/20/2007 12:43 PM  
Blogger cube said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours, from me & mine.

11/20/2007 3:17 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Phoenix. I'm grateful to have you as a blogging buddy. You know it's been over two years now!

11/20/2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger ozymandiaz said...

Unfortunatly, the benefits of gratitude are very hard to teach. Take my children for example, no really, take my children...
anyhow. so much truth here. Gratitude is the opposite of desire which is the root of all suffering.

11/21/2007 7:03 AM  
Blogger stephanie said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

11/21/2007 9:09 AM  
Blogger KC said...

I'm thankful every single day for all the wonderful people and things in my life. Really. I'm so very lucky and I know it.

I'm also thankful to be one of your cyber friends, Phoenix!

11/21/2007 11:24 AM  
Blogger DaBich said...

aww....it's a joy to visit here.

Happy Thanksgiving, Dude!

11/21/2007 12:22 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

The thanks goes right back at you, blog buddy!!
An attitude of thanks really does make a huge difference in life. It changes our outlook from one of whining to one of being able to find joy in small things. It causes us to savor the good things and not focus on the bad.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!
Enjoy each and every delicious morsel.

11/21/2007 1:48 PM  
Blogger delmer said...

Thank you for all you give us. I typically learn something each time I come by.

11/21/2007 4:12 PM  
Blogger Mr. Shife said...

Thanks to you as well Phoenix. I have the same cartoon on my blog for Thanksgiving. Have a good Thanksgiving.

11/21/2007 5:50 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I'm grateful my mother mixes vodka into the Cool Whip -- Happy Thanksgiving to the Clan Phoenix!

11/21/2007 9:27 PM  
Blogger Phats said...

Happy Thanksgiving Phoenix

11/22/2007 12:18 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for this year.... Hope you have a good one too!

11/22/2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

I'd be very thankful if I could get typtophan back. It was the best sleep aid - it never made my dreams all scary or my little bugs crawl under my skin. I see it back in some products now.

Merry Belated Turkey Holiday. Come see my gobbler.

11/23/2007 12:20 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Thanks for this! Thanks for this!

By jove, you're right ... I'm feeling better already. Thanks! Better still! :)

11/23/2007 4:33 PM  
Blogger Tai said...

And we, in turn are thankful for YOU!
(I can still participate, right? Even though I already had my turkey day? Canadians, eh? Always want to bend the rules!)

11/23/2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger Etchen said...

Awww--what a sweet post. Very nice. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

I have to say, that one one damned funny picture.

11/25/2007 7:24 PM  
Blogger Haley-O said...

Awww! And, thank YOU, Phoen! That's really interesting stuff, by the way. I definitely "practice" gratitude every day. Good to know it's healthy. :)

11/25/2007 10:08 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Sure hope your holiday weekend was a goodie.
Now, it's back to normal life and normal eating.
Awwww shucks.

11/26/2007 10:17 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Hey, Phoenix! I hope you had a fabulous T-Day weekend. We did!

Here's a plug for my new online business. Please take a look at my goodies (no, not those kind of goodies. Get your mind out of the gutter).
www.myworldsastage.etsy.com

Thanks!

11/26/2007 1:11 PM  

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