Happiness a One Week Journey

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250, Apr 30, 2017

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As you have all posted in Mayo Connect’s Mental Health Group, I wanted to invite you to join in a program by Dr. Amit Sood, entitled Happiness a One Week Journey. Probably many of you are familiar with Dr. Amit Sood, a psychiatrist at Mayo. This is a free online program that addresses the issue of happiness. Here is what Dr. Sood says about this program.

Dear friends,

You and I face one common enemy – suffering. Pain, physical or emotional, when it becomes unbearable, is experienced as suffering. Pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional. My goal is to help you find a path so you can bypass suffering in this life. One reward of traversing that journey is finding greater happiness.

Happiness is a habit. Some of us are innately happy. But most others have to choose. We often, however, don’t realize we have that choice. We also don’t know how to exercise that choice. As a result, we push happiness away. Let that not happen to you.

Join me, if you wish, to spend the next week of your life, choosing greater happiness. Each day, you’ll be guided to a practice that can make you happier. To enroll, you’ll need to register with your name and email address to connect with us for the next week. Select ‘Happiness: A One Week Journey,’ below for more information.

Take care.
Amit

Here is the website where you can sign up and join me on this journey: http://stressfree.org/happiness/

@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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@contentandwell I understand, I traveled several hours for surgery at Cleveland Clinic and I was glad that I did. Teresa

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@johnjames

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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Thank you both and Teresa I know your advice helps more than I can say. JJAMES

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@johnjames

Teresa- it’s JJames, do you know about the sleeping issues of the morning time. every morning I can’t move very well with the Parkinson’s and it hurts to force myself to get up- and I can give my self permission to sleep- I’m at a lost- I know my DR said that will happen as the stages process( I’m already in stage 3- because of the agent orange- so they say? I know and cam feel my body changing at a rapid pace and the side affect show up more often- as again I have been told by the VA Parkinson’s DR- the chemicals would speed up the process. Love to hear you wisdom and advice. JJAMES>

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Windwalker- It’s hard, when you know it’s going to be a long time and you hope and pray- you can learn to help somehow. Thank you for sharing. JJAMES

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@johnjames Thank you Jjames. The kindness that you have showed to others is an inspiration to me as well. On Mayo Connect we have all formed a wonderful bond. Teresa

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@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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There are no guarantees in life any way you slice it. I had gestational
diabetes also and now at age 58, am teetering on that border of type two
diabetes.
 

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@johnjames

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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John, have you expressed your feelings about this to your wife? I do. He
tells me not to worry and he understands and he doesn’t mind all that he does. I
am pretty lucky in that dept. Our spouses are glad to help, but they also
deserve recognition and appreciation for what they do.
 

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@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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Thank you for donating. The mental health community is grossly
under-served.
 

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@johnjames

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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@johnjames I think when any of us are in that position if we express genuine appreciation it helps, and I commented to my son and daughter that Dad deserves a medal in front of him. Appreciation can go a long way.
I didn’t know until after the transplant how frightened he was that he was going to lose me. My son was too although he and his father had not actually discussed that, they both had come to that feeling individually.
JK

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@johnjames

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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As a gift of appreciation; I am arranging for my hubby to get a
professional foot massage. He loves those.
 

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@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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Yes mental health is underserved. Depression, ptsd, trauma, psychosis. People are better off complaining of chest pain because then there’s lots of help. Not much if anything available for mental health. People get put in jail basically for mental health problems.

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@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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Hi @ihatediabetes –Thank you for being tested as a living kidney donor. I’m sorry to hear you weren’t an eligible candidate due to your diabetes. You’ve found a wonderful alternative for giving back through the John E. Herman house. Your giving spirit is admirable!

If your passion for organ donation persists, we would encourage you to sign-up as a deceased organ donor. Doctors determine what is viable for organ donation upon time of death. While it might not be a kidney, you could donate other organs, tissue or eyes, and still make amazing (in some cases LIFESAVING!) impact on others. Here’s the link to register: http://www.registerme.org.

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@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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The medical world is always making strides in organ transplantation. What
may not be deemed an acceptable organ ; might be in the future. For
example:  they presently are able to ‘clean’ dirty lungs, run antibiotics
through them, and keep the donor lung alive longer while they
work on it. Not sure, but I don’t think diabetes would inhibit the use of your
skin, burn victims could benefit from that.
 

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@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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@ihatediabetes That is so true and so unfortunate. Teresa

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@johnjames

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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@windwalker What a lovely gesture! Teresa

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@johnjames

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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@contentandwell What a difficult time for you all. When I think of transplants I tend to only think of the patient, but the concern and worry of the family members is difficult as well. Thanks for that reminder. Teresa

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