We are Looking for People Like You to Assist in Research Study on Gratitude

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gratitude survey As a CaringBridge user, you know the power of love, hope, compassion in a health journey. So that everyone can share this power, we are working with the University of Minnesota to understand, with academic research, the impact of gratitude on health outcomes.

We would like to invite you to participate in a study, but only if you are in a place to consider such a request.

The study is limited to two online surveys and a 10-minute gratitude/mindfulness exercise over the course of 21 days. To qualify, you need to be: 1) 18 years of age and older 2) Able to read and write comfortably in English 3) A CaringBridge user, whether author, co-author or visitor As a result of participating, you may experience a decrease in stress and/or increased wellbeing.

Click here to learn more, and enroll in the study, if you choose.

Learn More About Gratitude Study For everything you make possible at CaringBridge, we are grateful and appreciative. Thank you for considering participation in this study.

Study Information

This study is being conducted by Mary Jo Kreitzer PhD, RN, FAAN and Roni Evans DC, MS, PhD,  University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware Street SE, MPLS, MN, USA 55455. For more information, please contact Drs. Kreitzer (kreit003@umn.edu), Evans (evans972@umn.edu)  or the study coordinator, Linda Hanson (hans4236@umn.edu).  


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Leslie Taylor May 23, 2017 7:28pm
I was married to a man and we used caring bridge. After he passed, it was helpful to me.
Sheran DeMonbrun May 23, 2017 9:21pm
I was a visitor on Caring Bridge for three different friends over the last seven years. Two have passed and one is still going strong. It was uplifting to me and to my friends' families to participate in this form of encouragement.
Kathleen Fay May 23, 2017 9:31pm
I would be happy to participate. My cousin used Caring Bridge to connect to our family before she passed. I wouldn't want to take this opportunity away from someone currently undergoing a challenge- but if you need others- I already know gratitude helps and would like to help .
Betty Iorg May 23, 2017 10:05pm
I have folloed 3 friends on Caring Bridge. I was able to support them and contribute to this wonderful effotr.
Kathy Ryan May 23, 2017 10:06pm
Willing to participate
Kathy Skube May 23, 2017 10:19pm
I'm happy to participate.
Mary Jane Bowen May 23, 2017 10:21pm
I would love to participate in this. I wish I had known about a long time ago. I am looking forward to this class.
Colleen Kelty May 23, 2017 10:37pm
Count me in. I would like to participate.
Lynda Levy May 23, 2017 11:13pm
I've been a visitor on Caring Bridge now for several close friends and find to be a vital resource in the caring and advising of one's health providing pertinent succinct and timely information. It acts as a central repository of information that protects the "sender" from the myriad of loving interest from friends who might otherwise be calling with many questions with curiosity again out of loving concern but can be overwhelming while at the same time provides the sender with so many thoughtful & loving comments that can uplift the spirit and bring everyone into the community with deep gratitude. I would be happy to participate in your study. As a therapist myself, I am a "grief" counselor and work with clients who have lost a loved one and find the work extremely rewarding.
Marc McKenzie May 23, 2017 11:15pm
Gratitude has been a cornerstone of my ability to survive a truly epic journey through cancer, transplant and on-going recovery from all the damage done.
Nancy Levy May 23, 2017 11:18pm
Jodi McBride May 23, 2017 11:36pm
Currently recovering from breast cancer round # 2 after 10 years. I stay as positive and energetic as possible and feel the love and support from many.
Rebecca S Lee May 24, 2017 12:02am
I have used Caring Bridga infrequently but would love to participate in the study. I am retired so my hours of available are flexible.
Sandra Bender May 24, 2017 4:53am
I would like to participate in this research. I have been interested in book recently released about loss of husband
Harriet Sesen May 24, 2017 5:57am
Three years ago, I was asked to participate in a similar study. I was a patient at Mass. General Hospital Cardiac Floor and they were enlisting volunteers to prove that these patients benefited greatly from compassion and support.
Dorianne Butler May 24, 2017 6:20am
I would love to participate in this study. I have been an author, mother, grandmother for Caring Bridge for six years. Before my grandson was born in 2010, we found out that he had a rare congenital heart defect before he was born. It was very stressful to know this news of an unborn baby and to hear that he has to have three open heart surgeries before two years old. Today my grandson is six years old and he is our Heart hero along with Millions of other heart Hero's and there families. I would love to participate in this study.
Marcie Lewis May 24, 2017 8:05am
I would be happy to participate.
Joanne Braun May 24, 2017 8:07am
Very willing to participate in this survey on gratitude as i'm appalled st the young people these.days that are not grateful for what they have & gratitude goes a long way. I have lost three on Caring Bridge & appreciate so much being able to read about my friends & loved ones.
Linda Davies May 24, 2017 8:17am
I fill all of the above criteria and will be happy to take part in your study. I live in South Africa.
Carolyn Smith May 24, 2017 8:21am
I'd love to participate. Grateful for the opportunity!
Elsa Barber May 24, 2017 9:25am
I was a visitor. I was encouraged by my friend who recently passed. Her entries were a blessing.
Karin Worthley May 24, 2017 12:23pm
In 2003 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I lived in a town of about 15,000 people. I was not aware of Caring Bridge then, but I was fortunate that word of my cancer traveled fast in my town. I felt so much support from not only friends, neighbors, coworkers, and my own church congregation, but from people all over town. I was incredibly grateful for their messages, encouragement, and prayers, and I believe they helped me to heal after my surgery. Since that time, I have used Caring Bridge to keep in touch with friends who are dealing with very serious health conditions and to support them in a meaningful , but not intrusive way. I would like to participate in the study if you feel my taking part would further the research and be helpful to others.
Christine Kocjan May 24, 2017 1:31pm
I would be happy to participate. My friend's family recently passed away and they used CarringBridge to communicate with everyone including myself. I too have the same diagnosis as my friend. I would like to help.
Sandra Nunez May 24, 2017 2:12pm
An incredibly beneficial study, particularly as it relates to healing and acceptance. Thank you for contributing to academia with this important topic. I would love to participate in this study. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Steve Muckleroy May 24, 2017 3:15pm
Yes- with the right timing
Isabela Mercer May 24, 2017 5:32pm
Do you have in spanish? Thank you!!
Diane Houle May 24, 2017 10:33pm
Yes, I would love to participate in this study on the impact of gratitude.
Jeanette May 24, 2017 11:13pm
People have been asking for a list of things TO SAY. Here are a few statements that have helped me: "I am so sorry." "May I pray with you, right now?" (This way no one has to worry about forgetting.) "I promise you, you are being normal." "I would like to make dinner for your family. What are you craving?" "I'm at the store. Do you need anything? Milk, bread, cereal..." (If a friend started listing items, I could always think of something I needed.) "Call if you need to talk. I promise not to give advice, preach, or tell you how to feel." If you can't think of anything, just give a hug. sebd a text saying "I'm thinking about you today. How are you?" If you quote a Bible verse, make it one that helped YOU during a difficult time. Anyone else?
Jeanette May 24, 2017 11:15pm
Oops, I apologize for the comment I just left! I was trying to reply to a completely different thread! Sorry! Feel free to delete it.
Gottie Harvatine May 25, 2017 3:18am
Greetings, I am a 7 months Cancer Free. I was diagnosed 2 years ago. I am familiar with the Caring Bridge site. I recently used it while my friend had throats cancer. I am available for your study. Mrs. G. Harvatine
Molly Beinhart May 27, 2017 5:58am
I would like to participate
Marla Mulvany May 27, 2017 8:46am
I am in.
Kathy Kennedy May 27, 2017 8:59pm
I am interested in participating in the study.
LareginaElinor@gmail.com May 28, 2017 10:37pm
GRATITUDE is a Gift l was given very young. My mother volunteered at the PAT thrift shop amd.brought home really nice and special things we couldn't afford l wore without telling and l always was chosen Best Dressed on campus. My mom had great taste and passed it on to me! No one knew and l am GRATEFUL forever I have...One outfit only from Out of the Closet in SF. It is white Italian lamb skin suit, brand new. It is Silk screenedlo in large, black contemporary flowers. I Pray my beloved Stefani is fortunate and blessed with longer time on eartb
LareginaElinor@gmail.com May 29, 2017 12:36am
L@@king forward to the study Ls
Louise B. Smith May 29, 2017 1:12pm
Yes, sounds good!
monica zanconato May 29, 2017 3:22pm
happy to be of help
Helen Boyian May 29, 2017 8:52pm
I am willing to participate
Renee Toth May 30, 2017 7:11am
Thanks so much Kathy for the update God bless you both and know that we are praying and thinking of you As soon as Dave is up to it and done with all this treatment shenanigans Mike said he's ready to hit a few balls around with Dave on the golf course and also our place up north is always open to you guys whether we were with you there or not .
marie norgal May 31, 2017 9:23pm
Sign me up
John M. Swart Jun 01, 2017 4:15pm
I am very thankful for the Caring Bridge organization and for the way they allowed me to post updates for my wife during her most recent surgeries. The comments from our readers, encouraged me to keep going. Please keep up the good work you are doing.
Kathleen Martin Jun 01, 2017 4:18pm
Sounds interesting.
Tylar Merrill Jun 02, 2017 11:34pm
Yes, I'd like to learn more.
Kelly L Orsini Jun 04, 2017 8:03pm
I truly believe that 'an attitude of gratitude is very important!
Penelope Hazzard Jun 04, 2017 9:14pm
Sign me up
Laura-Lee Fineman Karp Jun 05, 2017 12:52pm
I've been on both ends of this particular continuum. As a single woman undergoing cancer treatment a decade ago, I was dependent on my friends, my synagogue community, and the numerous angels I met along the way. (These angels were often cleverly disguised as medical workers.) One of the lucky ones, I made it through. Caring Bridge has since been an invaluable resource in keeping up with the needs of others in my circle who have fallen ill. After my own recovery, I found a wonderful partner. When he underwent open heart surgery, I became an "author" on the site.
Kimberly Voorhees Jun 06, 2017 5:57am
I would love this, I have followed 2 children and now using for my husband fighting hard.
cheri Jun 06, 2017 5:02pm
I am learning everyday to try to consciously switch my thoughts to gratitude. I would like to participate.
LeAnne Larson Jun 06, 2017 8:54pm
I usually can access information on loved ones easily. I have had to sign on every time and have problems every tiny,
Diane Grunes Jun 15, 2017 10:24pm
Sounds very interesting, and while I have never needed a caring bridge account, I have had numerous friends who have used and found support and caring love from their personal site.
C.Kalpakam Jun 16, 2017 2:56am
Am from India can I participate.?
Elizabeth Evans Jun 16, 2017 3:34pm
Visitor on Caring bridge for 4 or more friends & family, it is very helpful.
Joanne Bade Jun 17, 2017 2:39pm
Happy to participate. Grateful for Caring Bridge as I I used it when my husband had major heart surgery and of late to keep up to date on a friend's daughter who is ill,
Joanne Bade Jun 17, 2017 2:41pm
Used Caring Bridge as a caregiver and as a friend. So grateful for it.
Katrina Smith Jun 17, 2017 7:58pm
Years ago my husband was hospitalized with leukemia. He had a rare form that involved internal bleeding. The normal methods of treatment were not an option and he was sent to U of WA for experimental meds. Back in 1992 I didn't even have a cell phone. This caring bridge site would have been an easy way to communicate with our large family. So many people helped with our toddler during that time as well as other things. I am glad to participate in a gratitude study.