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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Annual orthopedic and neurological checkups went well. No damage was done to my neck or arm after taking a serious tumble a month ago. My Chiari and Syringomyelia is looking good. My right hand is looking good and performing well. Left my appointments with my battery recharged and knowing my doctors have my back as usual. My two doctors are the best!

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I am grateful we were here to accommodate a friend who needed a place to stay at moment's notice. Then we were graced with my step-son visiting for the weekend. Both guests brought laughter, and great interaction.
Ginger

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I am grateful (and giddy) for my daughters and grands.
Yesterday Dad took 5 yo camping with the big boys, and 2 yo stayed home with Mom, so we were able to have an adventure with "Just El." For maybe the second time in his life Elliot didn't have to "share" us with big brother. He kept switching off who he was holding hands with – always 2 people at a time, and giving equal time to each of us. The grin on his face was priceless, as was his almost constant chuckle.

All we did was walk in a nearby park, wade in the lake, play tag and eat a patio dinner at our favorite Mexican place. He got to try Elotes – Mexican corn on the cob with mayo, cheese and chili lime salt – his first bites were hilarious when it wasn't just corn and butter, but pretty soon his face was covered with the toppings and he was smacking his lips. And horchata (sweetened cinnamon/vanilla/rice drink) – he drank the WHOLE 12 ounce glass!

And I am super grateful for my nebulizer and air conditioning – my lungs are beginning to heal, I think.
Sue

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Hello to all in the Gratitude Discussion Group! It looks like the last post in this group was in July. Maybe we all need some inspiration to get back in the gratitude mode? If so, I'd like to share a blog I read today which just might provide that inspired feeling.

I would like to invite you to read a blog written by Virginia Laken. Virginia was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Dementia (MCI) a number of years ago. The diagnosis has now been changed to Alzheimer's. Over the years she has written in her blog about the changes in her life. She recently wrote this blog and she titled it, Gifts Granted. I think you will find it inspirational. I certainly did. After you read it, I would enjoy hearing your comments.
https://us16.campaign-archive.com/?e=8d0cf3f7f7&u=fa305ab2b4fe73c3449903522&id=1eb9a02ac5
What do you feel grateful for?

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@hopeful33250

Hello to all in the Gratitude Discussion Group! It looks like the last post in this group was in July. Maybe we all need some inspiration to get back in the gratitude mode? If so, I'd like to share a blog I read today which just might provide that inspired feeling.

I would like to invite you to read a blog written by Virginia Laken. Virginia was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Dementia (MCI) a number of years ago. The diagnosis has now been changed to Alzheimer's. Over the years she has written in her blog about the changes in her life. She recently wrote this blog and she titled it, Gifts Granted. I think you will find it inspirational. I certainly did. After you read it, I would enjoy hearing your comments.
https://us16.campaign-archive.com/?e=8d0cf3f7f7&u=fa305ab2b4fe73c3449903522&id=1eb9a02ac5
What do you feel grateful for?

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@hopeful33250

That’s beautiful and not sappy at all as the author said in the last paragraph. She shows an inner strength and peace that a lot are not capable of achieving. It would be a pleasure to know her.

As always I am grateful for my loving supportive family, for the good times we continue to have, for my health and the fact that both my children have loving spouses, good health , successful careers and loving grandchildren. A whole lotta loving and good fun in this family and I am blessed to be able to see them on a regular basis. I am grateful for the good humor that my family and friends have. I do realize that not all are as fortunate as I am. I’m grateful to be around good people who have a positive outlook on life in general.

And I am especially grateful that God woke me up today. 😀

FL Mary

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I just now saw this thread for the first time. I am always most grateful for my loving husband. I am really grateful for being helpful to my community. I am also grateful for the animals in my life that teach me to live in the moment, and help me recharge.

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