Dorothy Salvatori PhotographyMy name is Lauren Blanchard Zalewski!  I’m so glad you are here!

I refer to myself as a “gratitude addict,” because that’s absolutely what I AM – an addict of GRATITUDE!

For the last many years I have made it my passion to write about as well as share with the entire world about the power of GRATEFUL living and how it can help us to live lives of exquisite joy and wholehearted GRATITUDE.

What makes me different? I promote GRATITUDE for every situation as I feel its immense power can help to reduce the emotional effects of the many roadblocks in our lives.

I have lived with chronic pain/illness for 20 years, so my main focus is gearing my teachings towards others who live with chronic physical and emotional conditions. But at the end of the day, the lessons I teach are for anyone who wants to ‘up their game’ in the struggles of life!

GRATITUDE is the answer!

8 years ago I hit a rock-bottom in my life after losing myself emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually to the effects of chronic pain.  I had turned to alcohol as a way to shut out the world and self-medicate my pain, and it ended up taking me down a dangerous and destructive path.  One that I am so GRATEFUL to have gotten out of!

I was fortunate enough to attend a month-long inpatient program devoted to dealing with the emotional suffering that goes along with chronic pain and illness. I got sober and immersed myself in studying about the ways we can take control over the emotional suffering that almost always goes along with chronic physical pain. 

A passionate student of the human experience, I have made it my life’s work to study and pass on the knowledge that I have accrued so we can all live our best lives despite our struggles.  7  years ago,  I began my own group called “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain” on Facebook.  Our main focus is on coming to a place of acceptance and moving forward with GRATITUDE to reduce the suffering we once endured.  We want to move on with our lives and live them in the most fulfilling and wholehearted way possible!

This complaining-free zone is a place of learning and bettering ourselves by using intentions, mindfulness, journaling, community, and connection, as well as practicing GRATITUDE!  We bring JOY back into our own lives by helping each other.  Our “little” group has now grown to over 6,300 members and spans 82 countries!

In May 2021 I took the course and passed the exam to become a Facebook Certified Community Manager.  It is an honor holding this certification and being one of only 1,000 other community leaders worldwide who have it.  I use the knowledge I acquired to continually assist me in running a safe, welcoming, and loving community that remains fun and helpful for all.

In addition, I host a live broadcast every Thursday at 8pm EST on both Facebook Live and on my YouTube channel called “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life”.    Each week we speak about a different topic relating to incorporating GRATITUDE into our lives despite our struggles. Viewers have the option to have their comments, tips, and questions appear on the broadcast screen in this town-hall type interactive broadcast.  Most weeks I have a special guest on with me who is an expert in their field and shares on various ways we can make our lives better despite the blind turns in the road that come our way in this life.

I have a few upcoming books to look forward to!  The first will be out with Rockridge Press at the end of November 2021 and is called, “The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys: Quick Prompts for Wisdom, Courage, and Confidence.”  This has been a labor of love and I am so excited to be offering the gift of GRATITUDE to teenage boys who so desperately can use some in today’s society.  And early next year I will be releasing, “Chronically Grateful” which is my passion project and 5 years in the making!  Join me as I take you through how GRATITUDE can help us to live meaningful and joyful lives, even while struggling with chronic illness!  

You’ll also want to check out my blog page to read about my thoughts on all things relating to GRATITUDE and/or living with chronic illness.

My second chance at life (I call it “Lauren 2.0!”) has brought me to a place of becoming a teacher and a carrier of the light that was so tenderly and generously carried for me.  The wisdom that I share is simply gathered from my personal experience and learning-I am a seeker and forever student who is always looking for physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental breakthroughs and ways to ease our path to one of healing and wholeness.

Allow GRATITUDE to fill your mind, body, and soul to take us from a place of pain and suffering to a place of serenity and light.

Join me as I show you how!

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Happy World GRATITUDE Day 2021!!!

Please join me tonight, September 21, 2021 at 8pm EST for a BONUS live broadcast to celebrate World GRATITUDE Day!  

I’ll have special guests, lots of prizes to give away, and a few surprises here and there as we join together to celebrate this gift of GRATEFUL living.

Only viewers watching live are eligible to win the fantastic prizes I have to give away!!!


Join me for a very special episode of “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life!”  on “How GRATITUDE  Helps Chronic Illness” w/ expert GRATITUDE researcher Dr. Fuschia Sirois!

Thursday, September 23 at a SPECIAL TIME 4pm EST

Please join me for this very special episode at a SPECIAL TIME with expert GRATITUDE and chronic illness researcher, Dr. Fuschia Sirois of the University of Sheffield!

Dr. Sirois will be joining me live on Thursday September 23rd at 4PM EST in conjunction with the week of National GRATITUDE Day!

I am so excited to be having Fuschia on the broadcast! She has done extensive research on the role of GRATITUDE and living with chronic illness as far as the benefits and overall wellness it provides us. She is currently working on researching the role of procrastination in the lives of those with chronic illness. Very interesting stuff!

Dr. Sirois will be with me for the hour and will be available for any questions you may have. You do not want to miss this episode!

For more on Dr. Fuschia Sirois and links to her research, you can visit her webpage at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/psycholog…

Please note this special time due to the UK time difference. 


JOIN US for what promises to be another fun, interactive, and informative hour full of GRATITUDE, ideas, and new tools to add to your growing toolbox for a wholehearted, fulfilling, and joyful life!
Hope to see you then!!!
(All episodes are recorded for later viewing on my YouTube channel at: “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain” on YouTube”   


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