Gratitude Discussion Group
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!
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?!
Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Just Want to Talk Support Group.
@merpred. Until this issue with cancer, my mother has never been sick! But for me, with Clippers disease (it’s a brain thing), I’m still trying to get better. I’m usually tired, “under the weather,” and now I have a cold! But, I’m going to follow John Bishops advice and ‘come to terms with my limitations.’ Or, at least, try to!
@merpreb We were not sure how she would accept the shawl. She showed me an afghan crocheted by her great-aunt, that she brought to the facility. She was so glad what I brought was not yellow. "I hate yellow!" Glad this was in corals. Her best gal pal will transport her to appts, but we are on standby to assist if called upon. She has a network of friends, I don't know any of them, but however I can help I will.
@ How long ago were you diagnosed? What medicines treat this. Is it the meds that make you tired? Your mom must be quite a legend to live up to! Lots of longevity there. Take care of your cold and stay warm!
Thanks, @grandmar You have not been to Italy? We have been there two times and loved it. My husband's father came from Sicily so we went to Sicily both times and the people there were wonderful and welcoming. I too would love to go to Greece.
We went to Hawaii in October of 2017, Maui and Kauai, and it really is paradise. We hope to get back there next year. I am now more conscious of being close to a transplant center though because in December of 2017 I ended up in the hospital due to Legionnaire's Disease. Transplant centers are more knowledgable about what post-transplant patients need. So, if we go to Hawaii again I am thinking it might be Oahu, well outside of Honolulu. I would not want to have to get air-lifted to somewhere other than where we were.
Attached is a picture of the view from our lanai. If I could just sit out there every morning with my coffee my BP would never be high.
I agree about the long flight, we live in the northeast so it's really long. We originally thought we would stay a night or two someplace on the way but there really was nowhere convenient that we wanted to stop at so we just put an extra day at the front of our time in Hawaii and used that as an R&R day.
Grateful for the things I can do.
I'm grateful for my ongoing gratitude practice. For those of you looking for other avenues to share your gratitude and learn the wonderful life changing things that people attribute to their ongoing attitude of gratitude, feel free to join Gratitude Circle on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/2249127312024167/ there are nearly 1500 like minded souls who love and support each other.
I'm grateful for a great day today R@R day for me
@grandmar Thanks for the info I will talk to my chiropractor next time see if he recommends anyone
@cjtimmerman – What a great recommendation. I checked out that group. Right this minute I'm kind of overwhelmed with social media, but I may join it in the future. I looks like a really positive group! I don't want to pry but I'm hoping your cancer treatments are going well? Do you feel like giving an update? I'm really impressed with your positive attitude and resilience. Thanks for the recommendation.
Well, my R&R yesterday worked out so well yesterday that today I felt like tackling all of the finances associated with my knee surgery. I don't know about the rest of you, but I can be a real procrastinator when it comes to paper work. The envelopes from Mayo and from the insurance and from Medicare come in the mail and I promptly pile them into a neat pile on my desk awaiting the time when I feel like I can handle them. Today was that day! I am so grateful that the stars aligned – I had the energy and time and inclination to sort out all the financial stuff and now its organized, bills paid, checks deposited, all GOOD!!
@contentandwell – I don't want to leave this post w/o letting you know how thrilled I was to hear about your visit to your brother. I know that was an absolutely uplifting time for him and his wife and for you. It made me happy! Thanks for sharing.