Want a simple, sure-fire way to lower your blood pressure, lessen inflammation, sleep better, and benefit from healthier heart rhythms? While a great, “Eat at Quarks” plug would fit here nicely, that’s actually not what we were going to say … this time.

The answer? Gratitude.

Science is proving that being thankful doesn’t just make you a nicer person, it actually makes you a healthier person. And there are some pretty impressive long-term benefits. Researchers discovered that “people who keep a gratitude journal have a reduced dietary fat intake – as much as 25 percent lower. Stress hormones like cortisol are 23 percent lower in grateful people. And having a daily gratitude practice could actually reduce the effects of aging to the brain.” This Today Show article provides a fascinating look at the correlation between physical health and choosing to practice an attitude of gratitude.

We’ve always stated Quarks exists to help improve the health of our community – and so this month we’re not only serving up all our usual bento-y goodness, but we’re partnering with some incredible local businesses to boost your health through positivity.  Each day in November over on our Facebook page we’re highlighting one thing we’re thankful for. And we’re encouraging our friends, fans, and community to join in by sharing one thing they’re grateful for each day.


Not only will this practice benefit your health for the month of November, but it could lead to a surprising and delightful start to your December. How? Well, we’ve teamed up with some amazing business partners to offer one lucky winner a grand prize featuring:

*A Quarks themed gift basket from us! (Craft sodas, K’UL  gourmet chocolate bars, and dinner for two).
*A facial from Remedy Beauty & Body
*A certificate for a platter of delectable treats from Mixin It Up Gluten Free Bakery
*A tea pot and Happy Tea from Spice of Life Tea Shop
*A water bottle & 3 classes from Revolver Studios
*A gift basket & gift card from Mantra Salon and Spa
*A gift basket of goodies from St. Cloud Floral and more!

Now all that local love and generous goodness should spur on your spirit of Thanksgiving!

It’s not too late – you can still join in on our #30DaysofThankfulness over on our FB page daily to be entered to win. And, hey, be sure to head over to these wonderful small businesses and their FB pages to say, “Thanks for all you do – you matter to our community!”