Gratitude Discussion Group

Posted by Debbra, Volunteer 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?!

@karen00

@rosegold Thank you so much for your reply! I just found out I have heart failure and now this. I started to pass out and fell knee and head first to the floor. Injured my knee so badly I am bedridden. I’ve never had such pain in my life! The EMT’S found I was in afib so off to the hospital where they found the clot. Turns out I’m glad I fell or they never would have found the clot. Anyway, thank God for my brother. Thank you again for caring.

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@karen00 – What an ordeal you have been through. And how beautiful that you can feel grateful for the fall because it led to finding the clot. Wishing you a quick recovery. Hope each day brings you a little more relief.

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@user_cha272278

I start my day with an attitude of gratitude. I say to myself, "I am breathing (on my own). I can walk (on my own)." When my left foots hits the floor I say, "THANK" and then when my right foot right foot hits the floor I say "YOU." Left foot, THANK, Right Foot YOU. When I feel uptight, I just feel my left foot press into the floor, then I feel my right foot on the floor, and then I BREATHE. That is LEFT FOOT, RIGHT FOOT, BREATHE (from the book, Plan B).

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@user_cha272278 Ron, that is a beautiful sentiment. Thank you for sharing it with the group! We truly do all have lots to be grateful for simply breathing, walking – being. That inspires me.

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Today is a chilly day in north Florida. I'm looking outside at the Meyer lemon tree that we planted 10 years ago, and the lemons are beginning to ripen. Usually late December is the real "harvest" and we are well on our way this year. I'm grateful for a fire in the fireplace, a lemon tree outside my window and good book that I can hardly wait to finish today. Hope you all have an outstanding day!

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@ginger heard on news that Living Spaces is helping fire victims with a free mattress did you hear that?

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@lioness71 Im gratefull I could climb out of bed today.Also no deaths in the mudslides as ginger said Its very sunny 🌞 here today .

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@lioness

@ginger heard on news that Living Spaces is helping fire victims with a free mattress did you hear that?

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@lioness Yes, I did. And there are many unsung heroes behind the scene, quietly going about the work of assisting fire and tragedy victims. Bless them all.

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Today I am thankful for the rain. I like it better than snow. My husband who puts up with my depression and Jesus Christ who gets me thru it.🙂

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@karen00

@rosegold Thank you so much for your reply! I just found out I have heart failure and now this. I started to pass out and fell knee and head first to the floor. Injured my knee so badly I am bedridden. I’ve never had such pain in my life! The EMT’S found I was in afib so off to the hospital where they found the clot. Turns out I’m glad I fell or they never would have found the clot. Anyway, thank God for my brother. Thank you again for caring.

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@00karen How are you doing today?😊

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Today I'm thankful for moderate weather, family and friends. I'm thankful for health, though not perfect but good enough.

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Today I am thankful that I met a young woman who had never seen snow! She made me appreciate it's beauty and we made a snowman. She was so excited and thankful!

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I am thankful that the Firo Malic arrived today. Rain here today.

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Today I am thankful for being able to participate in Rose Parade float decorating for the Donate Life float. My hands cooperated, allowing me to cut stems off cobra leaves and statice petals off their flower. As always, we met several very neat people, got to see behind the scenes once again, and talked to other volunteers about their lives. The forecast storm has held off for now, a plus for those cleaning up debris from the last one.
Ginger

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I think that is neat. Floats are beautiful and take a lot of time and work. Wish I could of seen that float.😊

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@rosegold

I think that is neat. Floats are beautiful and take a lot of time and work. Wish I could of seen that float.😊

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@rosegold Brings back high school days and all of the tissue and chicken wire. Thank you for the memory.

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@gingerw

Today I am thankful for being able to participate in Rose Parade float decorating for the Donate Life float. My hands cooperated, allowing me to cut stems off cobra leaves and statice petals off their flower. As always, we met several very neat people, got to see behind the scenes once again, and talked to other volunteers about their lives. The forecast storm has held off for now, a plus for those cleaning up debris from the last one.
Ginger

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Thank you for sharing about this. Fun knowing someone that is helping with a Rose Parade float.

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