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: 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

Gratitude Stories: Gabrielle’s Graduation

 

Life is made up of milestones, and graduation is one of the biggest. There are few occasions that allow you to consider the growth and development of a human quite like a graduation.

For the graduate, it can be a time of excitement, and also uncertainty. That is one of the reasons why it is so important to fill a young person up with the support of their community. When someone feels like they have a crew of people at their back, they are more likely to believe in their dreams and go for what they want most.

We love seeing family and friend come together to share their appreciation and congratulations for recent grads. Dana’s Tribute for Gabrielle is a great example of how beautiful these graduation Tributes can be. Enjoy this week’s Gratitude Story.

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Why did you want to give Gabrielle a Tribute?

Dana (aunt): Because reaching major milestone in one’s life is a moment to celebrate, rejoice and be noticed for the great accomplishment that it is. Receiving a Tribute is a beautiful gift. All too often we neglect to tell the people we love and admire just how special they are. A Tribute video forces you in a the best of ways to dig deep and really express wonderful emotions about your loved one.
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Young Gabrielle enjoys the company of her aunt Dana

What is your favorite thing about Gabrielle?

Dana: There are so many things. She is sweet and polite, bright and good natured. Full of love.

What were the circumstances when Gabrielle received her Tribute?

Dana: We were all on a family vacation celebrating Gabrielle’s graduation. On the last night that we had all our family together sitting in the living room of the rented beach house, we played the video.

What was their reaction to the Tribute?

Dana: We laughed and cried and remembered good times together as she was growing up and now as a beautiful young woman about to embark on her adult life.

How did this make you personally feel?

Dana: I was grateful for the opportunity that Tribute afforded me to bring this special gift to her. I was glad I was able to pull it together for her. It was a very emotional experience for all of us to say the least.

Did Gabrielle have anything to say after watching her Tribute?

Dana: She said she loved it and it made her feel loved and good about herself. She felt empowered to take on this next chapter in her life… And she really is.

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Gabrielle enjoying a latte on a business trip in London

If you’re a food lover, check out Dana’s awesome food blog (it’s like the BuzzFeed Tasty for health food) : https://www.2stirwithlove.com

Instagram handles:

Gabrielle: gabbrooke

Dana: 2stirwithlove

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

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Frayda’s Bat Mitzvah

 

The Bat Mizvah is an important right of passage for people of the Jewish faith. It celebrates a young person’s transition from childhood to religious maturity.

It is also a unique opportunity to re-create Madonna choreography in front of all your friends…

But most importantly, it is a time to celebrate who someone is and what they mean to their community.

Bar/Bat Mitvah videos have become ingrained in Jewish culture and we’re so excited to see more people reaching out to use Tribute for these special occasions.

We especially loved Amy’s video for her daughter Fryda. Her grandma is quite possibly the cutest human being we’ve ever seen and we love seeing young people sharing their appreciation and affection so openly.

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Why did you want to give Frayda a Tribute?

Amy (mom): I created a Tribute for my son Simon a few months back and I thought it would be a great idea to surprise Frayda with one at her Bat Mitzvah. And what a great idea it was.

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Frayda and her parents at a young age

What is your favorite thing about Frayda?

Amy: Frayda is my 13-year-old daughter who is doing so many incredible things already. I love everything about her. She always brightens my life with all of her energy and smiles. She is very theatrical and dramatic which always make for an exciting time around the house.

 What were the circumstances when Frayda received her Tribute?

Amy: We decided that we would surprise Frayda with the Tribute during her Bat Mitzvah lunch while 250 of her friends/relatives watched along with her. Everyone at the party was amazed by the quality and warm feeling that covered the room. It was such a special moment.

How did Frayda react to the video?

She was completely surprised and loved hearing all of the positive things people said about her. She cried the whole way through it. It was really special for me to watch all of these beautiful people say such nice things about my daughter. She felt so much love and support which couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as she transitions into her mid-teenage years.

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With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Say Their Names this Veterans Day

 

Stop what you are doing and consider this for a moment… We will each die twice.

We die for the first time when we take our very last breath, and our heart beats one final time.

We die a second time when someone speaks our name out loud for the very last time.

So, this Veterans day, we are partnering with Wreaths Across America to honor Veterans that gave their lives serving our great country. To show the world and their families that we remember, honor them and most importantly, that we still care.

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From the Wreaths Across America Tribute page

Who’s service do you wish to remember, honor, and teach about? Tell us their story, and why you care enough to record a video to #SayTheirNames. Together, we will say the names of over one million who served and sacrificed to provide the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.

For more information visit:

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Tips to Articulate your Appreciation for Someone you Care About

Helen Keller was quoted saying this when asked what feelings and emotions mean to her. As she says, your true feelings and emotions come from the heart, but sometimes they are hard to express and put into words. Articulating your appreciation for a friend, family member or significant other can seem like a challenge, but is also one you will never regret. To help you with this process we have put together a list of a few tips that are sure to make sharing your feelings easier to express and ultimately more genuine.

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