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?!

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Just Want to Talk group.

@sueinmn

Ah,Jake,we're grateful you didn't croak as well. Who would tell us the lame jokes?

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@sueinmn
“Lame” an obvious slip of the tongue.

Where do spiders seek health advice? WebMD.

My daughter thinks I don't give her enough privacy. At least that's what she wrote in her diary.

Why can't you trust an atom? Because they make up everything.

Fun fact: Australia's biggest export is boomerangs. It's also their biggest import.

I tried to organize a professional Hide-and-Seek tournament, but it was a complete failure. Good players are hard to find.

Before the invention of the wheel… everything was a drag!
What do you call it when

What did the duck say when she bought a lipstick? Put it on my bill!

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@jakedduck1

@sueinmn
“Lame” an obvious slip of the tongue.

Where do spiders seek health advice? WebMD.

My daughter thinks I don't give her enough privacy. At least that's what she wrote in her diary.

Why can't you trust an atom? Because they make up everything.

Fun fact: Australia's biggest export is boomerangs. It's also their biggest import.

I tried to organize a professional Hide-and-Seek tournament, but it was a complete failure. Good players are hard to find.

Before the invention of the wheel… everything was a drag!
What do you call it when

What did the duck say when she bought a lipstick? Put it on my bill!

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😂🤣. Reminds me of my favorite joke… What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t return? A stick.

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@artist01

I'm grateful that I'm finally having some good days and my IBS is taking a hiatus. I'm grateful for making awesome headway this week on my decluttering and downsizing in preparation for moving to Long Term Care. I'm grateful for all the wonderful family and friends I have, and the love they surround me with. I'm grateful for Mayo Clinic Connect for the support and caring they share across the miles.

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…….and I, my dear am grateful to you @artist01. You are so very loyal to Connect….no matter what is going on with you. Your messages of inspiration and encouragement are read and appreciated by so many. So even though we personally don't "share" a condition, I notice how others respond with joy to your posts. And you are so very resilient…..accepting the aging journey wherever it takes you. I have learned a lot from your statements, your sense of humor, and your ability to spread happiness and goodwill for all.

May you be safe, protected and free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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@artscaping

…….and I, my dear am grateful to you @artist01. You are so very loyal to Connect….no matter what is going on with you. Your messages of inspiration and encouragement are read and appreciated by so many. So even though we personally don't "share" a condition, I notice how others respond with joy to your posts. And you are so very resilient…..accepting the aging journey wherever it takes you. I have learned a lot from your statements, your sense of humor, and your ability to spread happiness and goodwill for all.

May you be safe, protected and free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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@artscaping Oh,Chris:
Thankyou so very much for those lovely words. If I could frame your message to me, I would!
You really made my day, my week, my month, my year! ❤
Warmest wishes for your good health. Laurie

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Geez, everyone here is so nice. I am grateful today for coffee. High test espresso with a twist of lemon coffee. I am grateful for it because it helps me to be the best person I can be today. I am truly a nicer person with it than I am without it.

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