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?!

@jakedduck1

I’m grateful I’m losing a few pounds. Let me tell you kids this healthy eating can sure pack on the pounds fast.
I got up to a whopping 160 pounds but now I’m at 148 and on my way back to 140. Even under the best of circumstances I’m about as pathetic looking as they come so let them go back to saying “you look like your sick or dying.”

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@jakedduck1
If anyone says you look like you're a sick or dying, tell them "I feel great and thank you for asking!"

FL Mary

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Glad to hear of your weight loss @jakedduck1! You are not far from your goal so don’t give up. Well, it all depends on what you call a healthy diet. Perhaps you look sickly because your body is not used to healthy foods, lol. Give the diet time for you to see its benefits through your blood work.

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@jakedduck1

I’m grateful I’m losing a few pounds. Let me tell you kids this healthy eating can sure pack on the pounds fast.
I got up to a whopping 160 pounds but now I’m at 148 and on my way back to 140. Even under the best of circumstances I’m about as pathetic looking as they come so let them go back to saying “you look like your sick or dying.”

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@jakedduck1

I understand what you are saying. Losing weight has some great health benefits but when you look too much different from what you were before the weight loss people comment on the change.

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I am grateful I will not see this view (I think) again until next winter. We here in Hoosierville were greeted with 31/2 inches of snow on April 21. Grateful to see the hummingbirds have returned even though they need hats and coats-STILL! Yes. there is a hummingbird feeder in the snow. Grateful insurance approved cervical rhizotomies since they only want to cover 2 a year. Since I choose to do so under a local (Yes, it hurts) the doctor only does one side at a time. The nerves regenerate in less than a year without a doubt. I have had this procedure twice before and under a local. Thankful I can do so. Also thankful to have my grandson back in my life. Helps more than anything else. Grateful I can still do some artwork although not for long periods of time. Grateful for the little things as they are big things to me.
@debbraw Thanks again for starting this discussion.

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Oh my, I have a long list this week!
I am grateful that my daughter, who has been dealing with Covid and aftereffects for 14 months, and is living with us, got to buy a new (to her) home, in our neighborhood this week.
I am grateful we are all immunizes and can gather for Mothers' Day tomorrow.
I am grateful to have made a safe trip back to my summer home.
I am grateful for sunshine and gardens.
I am grateful for Mayo Connect.
Sue

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I'm grateful for yesterday son picked me up for lunch at there place so nice to see them and grandson 13now his birthday today .I'm grateful that run away rocket didn't land on Long Beach

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