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Gratitude Discussion Group

Posted by @debbraw, Sat, Nov 24 4:01pm

Hi everyone! Just before Thanksgiving @michellegraffradford posted a blog called Gratitude Changes Everything. She suggested three techniques to help incorporate gratitude into our daily lives:

  • Start the Day with Gratitude (before getting up think of three people you are grateful for)
  • Maintain a Gratitude Journal to record times when you are grateful
  • Count Blessings – not sheep! (Review the day and remember moments of gratitude)

Her blogpost was so inspiring that a lot of us decided we wanted to form a Gratitude Group to keep the attitude of gratitude going. The blogpost area is not an ideal space for a big discussion group so I am moving the discussion over here to the “Just Want to Talk” Group. Let’s use this space to share and discuss our Gratitude Journey. I’m going to suggest that we each try to take a minute from the day and post here what has made us feel thankful today. It can be as small as a stranger’s smile on the bus or as large as fulfilling a major life dream – or anywhere in between. We can also discuss how we are doing with the three techniques. Sometimes it is easier to form new habits with support from others.

Michelle’s full blogpost is at the link below. You may want to review it or print it out to help get started!

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci/newsfeed/gratitude-changes-everything/

I look forward to hearing from others in the Gratitude Group and to having others join us here! Thanks to those who already shared great stories. If you haven’t yet, what gratitude will you share today?!

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I'm very greatful for my kids and my granbabies

I'm trying to tag everyone here. If I miss anyone, I will be very GRATEFUL – if you tag them so they come over here! @hopeful33250, @providence1960, @jodeej, @damlady2, @gingerw, @snagulpuss, @sarah49, @reenj62, @dorisa, @marilyncko. All welcome to join.

@dorisa I am agreeing with Teresa, you are NOT horrible at this. You are a role model for me in reminding myself to keep things simple. Your story of calming your mom down was just amazing. My heart was going out to you. What an ordeal. I'm glad they are keeping her overnight – if nothing else it takes some pressure off you! Prayers that your mom has an uneventful night and you have a restful one!

I am greatful for having a calm & relaxing evening, since my day has not gone very well.

I try to start my day by thanking God for all I have (left) and by doing at least one kindness to/for someone else. Examples are checking on a neighbor, sending a get well card, emailing someone I know is grieving, calling someone who has been ill, offering to go to the post office for a friend who no longer drives, etc. I also make it a point to be friendly a d upbeat to all cashiers in stores.

Well done! I love this post. Today, I am thankful that my husbands flu subsided and that my sister is here to visit from Denver (and hopefully she doesn't get the flu too. yikes!).

@capausz – I LOVE your addition to techniques. You are taking it one step further. Not just feeling the gratitude but paying it forward. Great suggestions. Thanks. And @reenj62 – I hear you. Sometimes a calm moment – or evening – is all we get. Hope your day goes better tomorrow. Finally, @jamienolson – my son lives in Denver! Enjoy your sister visit!! And enjoy your husband's reprieve from the flu… if he's anything like my husband that certainly gives you a break! Hope its okay to put this all here together. I just didn't want to bombard people's message feed.

@karolyn – I cannot agree more. I am so thankful for all of the little ones in my life. They kind of put things in perspective. You are being a true example of the attitude of gratitude. With all you are going through, you took a moment to be thankful for your children and grands! Hope all goes well with your physical/infection issues.

@debbraw

@karolyn – I cannot agree more. I am so thankful for all of the little ones in my life. They kind of put things in perspective. You are being a true example of the attitude of gratitude. With all you are going through, you took a moment to be thankful for your children and grands! Hope all goes well with your physical/infection issues.

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Thank u so very much😇

@capausz

I try to start my day by thanking God for all I have (left) and by doing at least one kindness to/for someone else. Examples are checking on a neighbor, sending a get well card, emailing someone I know is grieving, calling someone who has been ill, offering to go to the post office for a friend who no longer drives, etc. I also make it a point to be friendly a d upbeat to all cashiers in stores.

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Amen

@dorisa – I'm thinking of you and your mom this morning. Hoping all is going well with her recovery. Sending you lots of positive thoughts!

Today I am grateful for an artist friend of mine. Last week she took a photo of a horse and carriage driver coming down the her quaint little cobblestone street in a Santa outfit. I admired the photo and told her it would make a perfect Christmas card. Yesterday when I walked by her gallery, she came running out with TWO sets of Christmas cards for me – and she wouldn't take any money. It was a beautiful, thoughtful gift of her talent and love. I'm attaching a photo so you can see!

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@debbraw

@dorisa – I'm thinking of you and your mom this morning. Hoping all is going well with her recovery. Sending you lots of positive thoughts!

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Thanks so much and I’m definitely receiving your positive thoughts. We have to stay in the hospital for at least a couple of days. The infection went to the blood which complicated her condition. She’s somewhat weak and tired but in good spirits. I’m grateful to you @debbraw for caring and a couple of friends that visited us yesterday. Love to you and all who care for your love ones…

@debbraw

Today I am grateful for an artist friend of mine. Last week she took a photo of a horse and carriage driver coming down the her quaint little cobblestone street in a Santa outfit. I admired the photo and told her it would make a perfect Christmas card. Yesterday when I walked by her gallery, she came running out with TWO sets of Christmas cards for me – and she wouldn't take any money. It was a beautiful, thoughtful gift of her talent and love. I'm attaching a photo so you can see!

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I love the Christmas card. That was so thoughtful of your friend. I am and artist and I have a horse too. It's a nice picture. Thanks for sharing it. I'm thinking my horse might look cute in a Santa hat…. (he'll do anything for a carrot)

@jenniferhunter

I love the Christmas card. That was so thoughtful of your friend. I am and artist and I have a horse too. It's a nice picture. Thanks for sharing it. I'm thinking my horse might look cute in a Santa hat…. (he'll do anything for a carrot)

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@jenniferhunter – Yes! Post a pic of your Santa Horse!

@dorisa

Thanks so much and I’m definitely receiving your positive thoughts. We have to stay in the hospital for at least a couple of days. The infection went to the blood which complicated her condition. She’s somewhat weak and tired but in good spirits. I’m grateful to you @debbraw for caring and a couple of friends that visited us yesterday. Love to you and all who care for your love ones…

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@dorisa – I'm glad she's in good spirits. I'm going to PM you. I don't live far away and I can help if you need it.

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