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?!

@lioness

@imallers Glad to know your on the west coast I've been to Ft Myers just made cinnamon buns smell good just out of oven

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@lioness
Oh hey yum. My grandson who is visiting adores cinnamon buns…hmmmm …morning coffee….hmmmm.

FL Mary

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@lioness
Oh hey yum. My grandson who is visiting adores cinnamon buns…hmmmm …morning coffee….hmmmm.

FL Mary

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@imallers Yep they smelled so good I already had one with my cup of tea lol

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@contentandwell
I’ll be glad to take over your title of Wine Diva. Wine and dark chocolate after dinner. I make a double chocolate cookie that is heavenly but only for the grandkids.

If I may be so bold I will sign off as

FL Mary, W.D. Sort of like MD but better.

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@imallears
Hi Mary WD,
Will you please adopt me as a grandkid?
Eating that dark chocolate is no doubt what destroyed your taste buds and mades you enjoy some of those concoctions that you conjure up.
Jake

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Wine Diva is too young to have you as a grandkid, maybe a cousin?

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@gingerw

@jakedduck1 One of my dad's favorite sayings was, "I never met a cookie I didn't like." When my mother was alive and before the dementia/Alzheimer stole her mind away, he would fix the both of them a cup of coffee and two cookies, each night about 10PM, as a nightly ritual. Then off to bed. A nice memory.
Ginger

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I never met a cookie I didn’t like either or a candy bar or a cake or a pie or pastry although I don’t like coffee. I would’ve had a root beer float with my cookies and probably some candy to go with it.
Jake

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@funcountess

Wine Diva is too young to have you as a grandkid, maybe a cousin?

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Although highly unlikely it is possible. Besides you know how women trim a few years off their true age.
Jake

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@gingerw
I never met a cookie I didn’t like either or a candy bar or a cake or a pie or pastry although I don’t like coffee. I would’ve had a root beer float with my cookies and probably some candy to go with it.
Jake

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@jakedduck1
Oh good grief my teeth just fell out reading that.

FL Mary

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@funcountess

Wine Diva is too young to have you as a grandkid, maybe a cousin?

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@funcountess
Thanks for that. @jakeduck how about a distant cousin? I’m a good baker but now stick to using gluten free flours. I don’t even know what thread we are on right now but I appreciate your humor, I walked 2 miles this morning and I have a great recipe for broccoli salad with red onions, cherry tomatoes, celery, raisins, toasted pepitos, and a yogurt honey dressing…keeping up my immune system even more during Covid times.

FL Mary…concoction and wine lover

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@lioness

@imallers Glad to know your on the west coast I've been to Ft Myers just made cinnamon buns smell good just out of oven

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@lioness Homemade cinnamon buns! Yum. I don't work with yeast much anymore, just for pizza dough these days. The only reason I do that is that I can make our pizza with provolone which has no lactose.
JK

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@contentandwell
I live in California too and love cookies and white chocolate. Just in case you get in a cooking mood and don’t know what to do with them feel free to send them my way. My favorites are white chocolate macadamia nut, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip or chocolate chip with M&M’s and molasses cookies are great but I’ll eat any kind of cookies.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 if you lived close to Hermosa Beach, where my son lived, I’d think you were the cookie thief!

The post office has gotten so slow recently that if I sent cookies they would probably be stale by the time they arrived. I mailed something to my son last Friday (not cookies) in Denver and they said it would probably not arrive by this weekend! That’s ridiculous.
JK

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@jakedduck1 if you lived close to Hermosa Beach, where my son lived, I’d think you were the cookie thief!

The post office has gotten so slow recently that if I sent cookies they would probably be stale by the time they arrived. I mailed something to my son last Friday (not cookies) in Denver and they said it would probably not arrive by this weekend! That’s ridiculous.
JK

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@contentandwell
That is slow. You could have driven them out and stopped by to drop off some for me and been back home by now. If they are stale when your son gets them he can forward them to me.
Jake

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@contentandwell
That is slow. You could have driven them out and stopped by to drop off some for me and been back home by now. If they are stale when your son gets them he can forward them to me.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 No cookies in this package, I sent him his waterski gloves.
He’s so fitness conscious that he rarely eats sweets these days, plus his wife has made an incredible transformation from a non-cook to almost a gourmet cook!
JK

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@jakedduck1 No cookies in this package, I sent him his waterski gloves.
He’s so fitness conscious that he rarely eats sweets these days, plus his wife has made an incredible transformation from a non-cook to almost a gourmet cook!
JK

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@contentandwell I ordered some slacks end of July not here yet

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@lioness

@contentandwell I ordered some slacks end of July not here yet

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@lioness. That’s crazy! I hope they come soon.
JK

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I have some good news to report….. for the first time since breaking my ankle 4 months ago, I was able to walk into Mayo to see my orthopedic surgeon for a followup appointment instead of using one of the hospital's wheelchairs. Not a perfect walk, but more of a hobble with some assist from my crutches. It was the first time I saw the parking ramp at St. Mary's instead of being dropped off at the door. Progress is slow and a lot of muscles are still on vacation, but I am getting steady progress in weight bearing, building strength and range of motion in physical therapy. The cause was a freak horse back riding accident when the horse I was riding was spooked by a loose dog while out trail riding. It's been a long and somewhat painful recovery, but that is going well and I am making good progress. Full recovery may take a year and I'm making small but solid improvements in learning how to walk again correctly.

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