Gratitude. We’ve all felt it. But what exactly is it? A spontaneous emotion? A lifelong mindset? Maybe both? What compels us to count our blessings and to give thanks?
Here at Cleveland Clinic, we love sharing stories about people whose generosity makes a difference for the greater good. We also love sharing stories about people who are the beneficiaries of that generosity. These two sets of people rarely have an opportunity to meet, however, let alone to share their stories with each other, face to face. Until now.
Enter “The Gratitude Sessions.”
The concept was simple: Bring together folks from both sides of the giving equation. No script. No guidelines. No big agenda. Just put them in the same room and see where an open-ended discussion in the spirit of gratitude leads.
The results were emotional. Powerful. Inspiring. See for yourself at cle.clinic/GratitudeSessions, where you can stream every episode of “The Gratitude Sessions” on video. And on the following pages, check out excerpts and candid photos from just a few of the conversations.
Along the way, the most wonderful thing happened. Time and time again, people who greeted each other as strangers said goodbye as friends. See, that’s the thing about gratitude: It’s a two-way street. Those who receive aren’t the only ones who have reasons to be grateful; those who give do, too. Gratitude is the glue that binds us in our shared humanity.
“We’re all in this together when it comes to gratitude.”
“On the frontlines of the pandemic, reasons to be thankful abound. ”
“Among those working to keep our communities healthy, there is no small giving. ”
“A grassroots campaign leads to new hope for patients with breast cancer.”
“Lifesaving cardiovascular research comes from paying it forward.”
FOR CLEVELAND CLINIC
Executive Producer: Lara A. Kalafatis
Producer: Cindy Fink
Producer: John Soeder
Project Manager: Chloe I. Maxwell
Photographer: Lisa DeJong
Photographer: Don Gerda
Photography Supervisor: Shawn Green
Designer: Michael Gallagher
Designer: Ivy Monroe
Designer: Joanne Mrosko
Designer: Leah Pirrung
Editor: Jacelyn Almanzar
Editor: Tom Leland
Editor: Elizabeth Misson
Editor: Jill Stefancin
Special thanks to Michelle Amato, Bridget Andrews, Ellen Bader, Kristie Burke, Jessica Claughton, Christina DeAngelis, Meredith Foxx, Adam Gundlah, Chelsea Knowles, Claire McBroom, Kelly Needham, Cara Nething, Mayme Patthoff, Carey Stadnick, Tiffany Vesperman and Jackie Zassick
Thank you also to many marketing and communications colleagues working to promote "The Gratitude Sessions," with special thanks to Sam Arth, Jennifer Guerrieri Tadiello, Tyler Maddox, April Miller, Miles Sawyer-Hill, Lily Schwab, Sofia Vilar, Tora Vinci, the AdCom team and the Merkle team
FOR THINK MEDIA STUDIOS
Executive Producer: Brian Glazen
Producer: Taylor Caruso
Director: Geoff Yaw
Director: Julia Thorndike
Director: Bob Ruggeri
Director of Photography: Eddie Smith
Camera Operator: Dan Krivenki
Gaffer: Ryan Keeper
Production & Post Audio Engineer: Mike Carissimi
Hair & Makeup Stylist: Giovanna Keeper
Editor: Keith Potoczak
Editor: John St. Pierre
Editor: Dan Krivenki
We want to thank the stars of “The Gratitude Sessions,” our friends from all walks of life who came from near and far to meet each other and speak their truth in front of our lights, cameras and microphones. Working on this project over the past six months, we’ve learned so much from them. We hope you will, too.
If you’ve enjoyed this sampling from “The Gratitude Sessions,” we invite you to watch the entire series online.
We also want to hear your story. Why are you grateful? Let us know!
To stream “The Gratitude Sessions” on video or to share your personal reflection, visit cle.clinic/GratitudeSessions.