Gratitude Discussion Group

Posted by Debbra Williams, Alumna Mentor @debbraw, Nov 24, 2018

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?!

@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 Aren't you in the SF area and Linda in the L.A. area? That's a long way to go for dinner together. If you do manage it, take pictures!

@lioness What are you supposed to bring for the potluck? Entree, dessert, or what, or is it a brunch pot luck?
JK

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@contentandwell
I live 90 miles nearly due east of San Francisco and Linda is 310 miles south. Not bad for lunch you don't have to cook yourself.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
I live 90 miles nearly due east of San Francisco and Linda is 310 miles south. Not bad for lunch you don't have to cook yourself.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 😂
JK

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@lioness

@jakedduck1 Thought you forgot . On Nov 5th we are having a pot luck don't know what I'm going to fix for it any ideas Leonard ?

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@lioness
”1 Thought you forgot” you were hoping weren't you?
I was gonna say I can't make the pot luck because of my DMV hearing but good news, I could always fly. Good thing I don't know your address of you might have a frequent dinner guest. I'll bring the candy. I think I have every candy bar known to man.
Jake

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@mamacita

Not to be a party pooper, but apples are not exactly on my keto-ish diet. Just kidding. Y'all know I will eat an apple anytime I've a mind to! @leonard, @contentandwell,and everyone, good Monday morning!

@gingerw , this group always manages to put a smile on my face. It's cold here, and my daughter has a 9am appointment. So someone of the two senior citizens has to get up and go get her. Guess there won't be any staying at home to be done today.

Thankful for Apple's and good recipes to dream about. For friends in far away places. For reminders that there are still good times to come, if we are careful to be grateful.
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita it is always good to see your posts! You lead a very busy life don't you? I hope that your medications are working out for you the right way. It's been a stressful few weeks for me and I don't respond quite as quickly as I would like to. But I sure do look forward to reading what everybody is doing. I hope that everyone has a terrific Tuesday!
Ginger

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@ginger, Volunteer Mentor, all this talk about a potluck on the other side of the country is making me dream about taking a trip out that way! Maybe next year!

Love and light
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita

@ginger, Volunteer Mentor, all this talk about a potluck on the other side of the country is making me dream about taking a trip out that way! Maybe next year!

Love and light
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita Oh, can you just picture the kind of crowd we would have at a potluck for Connect members!? It would certainly not be a quiet group, that I can bet! Of course, @jakedduck1 probably wants us to go ahead and start the list going around of who is bringing what. Then we'll all show up at his house right?
Ginger

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I'm so grateful for my cooking friend. Just had some spare ribs, mashed cheesy taters, lima beans & spinach salad. Sure beats my usual bowl of cereal or sandwich. Although today I had to fix my own taters but I'll probably survive. I had my friend get me some instant ones for emergencies like this. Now the question is will it be candy, pastry or cookies? Decisions decisions, candy sounds good but what kind? Miss the good ole days when I had it all. Had to throw out the Ice cream this morning. Got my mom some last night and forgot to put it away. Oh well, one less decision.
Think I'll have some white chocolate M & M’s.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

I'm so grateful for my cooking friend. Just had some spare ribs, mashed cheesy taters, lima beans & spinach salad. Sure beats my usual bowl of cereal or sandwich. Although today I had to fix my own taters but I'll probably survive. I had my friend get me some instant ones for emergencies like this. Now the question is will it be candy, pastry or cookies? Decisions decisions, candy sounds good but what kind? Miss the good ole days when I had it all. Had to throw out the Ice cream this morning. Got my mom some last night and forgot to put it away. Oh well, one less decision.
Think I'll have some white chocolate M & M’s.
Jake

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And one White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie, I think I'm losing control. Good thing I ruined the ice cream. Thinking of ice cream Pumpkin sounds good.
Jake

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@gingerw

@mamacita Oh, can you just picture the kind of crowd we would have at a potluck for Connect members!? It would certainly not be a quiet group, that I can bet! Of course, @jakedduck1 probably wants us to go ahead and start the list going around of who is bringing what. Then we'll all show up at his house right?
Ginger

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@ginger, Volunteer Mentor, count me in! Maybe by the appointed time I will be over this virus that has assaulted my lungs! Thank God for antibiotics! Courage and strength, my friend.

Mamacita Jane

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@gingerw

@mamacita Oh, can you just picture the kind of crowd we would have at a potluck for Connect members!? It would certainly not be a quiet group, that I can bet! Of course, @jakedduck1 probably wants us to go ahead and start the list going around of who is bringing what. Then we'll all show up at his house right?
Ginger

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@gingerw What a great idea we could meet at Jake,s house since he wont be bringing a pot luck good idea huh Leonard

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@lioness

@gingerw What a great idea we could meet at Jake,s house since he wont be bringing a pot luck good idea huh Leonard

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@lioness
Guess no one plans on eating unless it’s candy or you want to cook here.
Could go out I suppose.
I’d preferred candy myself.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@lioness
Guess no one plans on eating unless it’s candy or you want to cook here.
Could go out I suppose.
I’d preferred candy myself.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Oh no no candy we will probably bring all the fixins and make the pot luck at your house since you have a kitchen . You do have a refrigerator don't you? We will need that and dishwasher .

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@lioness

@jakedduck1 Oh no no candy we will probably bring all the fixins and make the pot luck at your house since you have a kitchen . You do have a refrigerator don't you? We will need that and dishwasher .

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@lioness
That sounds like it’s going to be a big mess in my least favorite room of the house. Good idea, bad location. However, since Linda already has pot luck plans we can meet there.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@lioness
That sounds like it’s going to be a big mess in my least favorite room of the house. Good idea, bad location. However, since Linda already has pot luck plans we can meet there.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I think your place would be better remember I live in an apartment in a senior building , we couldn't turn around. Better your place I think so clean it up and let us know when to come

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@gingerw

@mamacita Oh, can you just picture the kind of crowd we would have at a potluck for Connect members!? It would certainly not be a quiet group, that I can bet! Of course, @jakedduck1 probably wants us to go ahead and start the list going around of who is bringing what. Then we'll all show up at his house right?
Ginger

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@gingerw
Definitely a list, nothing allowed that I don't like.
A sample of the best candy from your respective area required (No dark chocolate.)
Jake

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