Interview with NYT Bestseller Mark Hyman MD

“It’s the most moving, touching, beautiful gift I had ever received.”

…according to Dr. Mark Hyman in this recent interview with our Co-Founder, Andrew. 

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tribute-lineFor those who have not heard of this awesome soul, Dr. Hyman is a ten-time #1 New York Times best-selling author, Chairman of The Institute for Functional Medicine and Founder of the UltraWellness Center.

 

He is one of the world’s foremost thought leaders when it comes to staying healthy and we go deep on gratitude, social ties and how central they are to our health.

You can also watch a highlight reel of Dr. Hyman’s Birthday Tribute below.

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.” 

-Melody Beattie

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

 

 

Gratitude Stories: Jimmy’s 52nd Birthday

            “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” 

-William Arthur Ward

 If you feel something nice for someone, share it. We all have an infinite supply of love to give out and if we feel some appreciation for the people around us, why keep it in?    thankful-and-grateful   tribute-line

Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Lily: Jimmy loves his friends…and does so much for them, that I knew by asking anyone who knows him to submit a Tribute, that they’d be happy to do it and share a few things that they love about him.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Lily (girlfriend): He’s my significant other!  And he threw me an epic 40th birthday party, so I wanted to create this video to thank him.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Lily: I asked his friends to submit a video before Jimmy’s birthday…but as things go, needed to continue to extend the timeline to allow those that I know matter a great deal to him to share their story.  With a bit of follow-up via text, I was able to get about 45 people to contribute a tribute.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Lily: Jimmy was completely moved to tears…and so appreciative of the effort that each and every contributor made to create this unforgettable gift.

How did this make you personally feel?

Lily: I had so much fun making this video…and don’t think I’ll ever be able to top this!  I loved every minute of the experience and can’t wait to make another video as a wedding gift to friends of mine who are getting married in April.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Straight from his Facebook post to the group:
Jimmy (Jim James) here. There are no words that I can write that can express how wonderful, beautiful, witty, loving and dear to me each of you are. I can tell you that watching this video left me laughing, crying and smiling – simultaneously.

To Lilly, who I love so much, thank you for doing this from the bottom of my heart.

To all my friends and family who submitted messages (or wanted to but didn’t have time), you have made my day, my year, my life. I can ask nothing more in the world than your friendship and love, and I am blown away by your comments and your shared memories. Know that I love you all, and there is nothing else in life I would ever want more than this gift. Life is made so much more precious and wonderful with people like you in it.

I cannot wait to make some more memories with each of you. XOXOXO

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Isabella’s 19th Birthday

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Why did you want to give Isabella a Tribute?

Connie: Giving our daughter a Tribute was so incredibly awesome because this was her very first birthday away from home. Although she is loving life in college and says is not homesick, as a Mom, it was not easy having her so far away on her birthday and I thought that if just in case she did feel a little homesick on her birthday, she might cheer up by watching some video greetings from all the important people in her life!

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Connie (mom): My favorite things about Isabella are that she is just an overall really, really kind person and she has a smile that just lights up every room — especially those who know her or meet her for the first time. She is a very giving and compassionate person and she always tells me she loves me!!

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute?

Connie: Isabella was in college in her dorm room when she opened up her Tribute!!!!!!

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Connie: I wish I could have seen her reaction but since she watched it a thousand miles away from me, I can only tell you that her immediate text to me read, “Best. Present. Ever!!!!! (Accompanied with a lot of happy emojis). She said she watched it with a friend and then alone so she could digest it all. She said it made her cry!!!! Tears of joy, of course! She marveled at how some of her new college friends participated also, in addition to her high school friends and their birthday wishes for her and their insight into her, including their favorite memories of her, made her so, so HAPPY!!!!! Best. Present. Ever!!!

How did this make you personally feel?

Connie: Like the kids say, “OMG!!!!” — I totally enjoyed hearing the heartfelt messages her old and new friends gave her. For me, it was so joyful to hear how much her friends love her and listen to them recount their favorite memories of her. What was an added bonus was to hear them lovingly and teary-eyed list all her wonderful qualities that make her such a special friend to them. I know how special our daughter is, but it was such a treat to hear her friends put into words how they truly feel about her. These kids were extremely thoughtful in their messages/wishes to her. It made me proud that she associates with such beautiful people and it made me so incredibly happy to hear her be so thankful for this gift. It also delighted me that she had such a happy 19th birthday away from home with new friends but because of Tribute, she also celebrated with family and old friends too! The Tribute videos made her birthday extra special!!

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Isabella says it made her so happy! I guess friends don’t always tell each other why exactly they love and appreciate their friendship or what traits/values of theirs are what drew/draws them to her. That made her feel so special but also gave her an opportunity to connect with all on an even deeper level. The video montage also contained some random video messages from kids Isabella has babysat for in the past and from the ladies at her favorite nail salon so she said the overall Tribute was meaningful but also very funny! Again, in her words, she says that receiving this Tribute on her 19th birthday was “THE BEST PRESENT EVER!!!!!”

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Norma’s 95th Birthday

 

As the people we love grow older, it is inevitable that they will lose touch with many of the people who have held a special place in their hearts.

One of the most powerful gifts we can give the elderly is a moment of connection with the friends and family they don’t see often.

We love seeing the children of elderly parents on Tribute. Karl’s Tribute for his 95-year-old mom is a great example of how powerful these videos can be. We hope you enjoy this week’s Gratitude Story!

 

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Why did you want to give Norma a Tribute?

Karl (son): She has lost direct touch with many folks who loved & respected her. This was an ideal way for them to speak directly to her, rather than writing their sentiments in a card or letter.

What is your favorite thing about Norma?

Karl: Over the years, she has taught me so much and shared so much wisdom. My favorite thing about her is her Patience.

What were the circumstances when Norma received her Tribute?

In a relaxed, quiet setting on a Sunday afternoon, we played her Tribute on a large screen TV while she sat in a comfortable chair surrounded by her family.

What was their reaction to the Tribute?

She was overcome with emotion, quietly crying several times.

How did this make you personally feel?

Karl: Thankful for the time people took to send a video, and thankful that they could personally speak directly to her heart in this way.

Did Norma have anything to say after watching her Tribute?

Karl: It was so emotional, she was left without words. She managed to utter a few words and phrases: Wonderful – amazing – so loved – thank you.

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute