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 sharing my message and experience with 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 inevitable 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 almost 6,500 members and spans 82 countries!

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 released by Rockridge Press on November 23, 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.  In March 2022 I will be releasing, “52-Week Intention Journal: Motivating Prompts to Encourage Reflection, Focus, and Meaningful Change” also through Rockridge Press.  “Chronically Grateful”, my book on how GRATITUDE has helped me to live a life of purpose and meaning through the struggles of chronic pain is currently in the works and I’m hoping to get that out in 2022 as well.

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!


October 14, 2021

What BIG surprise came today that made me cry? 

My BOOK!!    Get a sneak peek at the “5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys: Prompts for Wisdom, Courage, and Confidence!”  Due out November 30, 2021!



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“Wake Up With Gratitude Podcast”

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#145 – How Does Gratitude Help When We Hit Rock Bottom? (Lauren Blanchard Zalewski)

After being diagnosed with a chronic illness, Lauren took care of everyone else – except herself. After a while, she started using alcohol to deal with the pain and that quickly got out of control. When she hit rock bottom, she found a deep sense of…



This week’s episode of “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life!” – Thursday, October 14 at 8pm EST   “The Importance of Laughter for Healing” with Dr. Katherine Puckett!

I am TICKLED (get it?) to be joined this week by Certified Laughter Leader and Humor Professional (yes! really!), Dr. Katherine Puckett!

Dr. Puckett has an amazing background and insight on the importance of LAUGHTER in our overall healing!

She will be joining us LIVE for the hour to talk all about LAUGHTER, how it IS the best medicine, and how we could (and should!) embrace it in our lives. Her 15 years as the Director of the Mind-Body Medicine department at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America had her bringing “laughter therapy” to patients undergoing chemotherapy and her beautiful stories and wisdom through her experience is helpful insight for ALL of us.

About Dr. Puckett:
“Katherine Puckett, PhD, LCSW, has 40 years’ experience as a compassionate care provider and inspirational thought leader in social services and healthcare in the Chicago area. She directed the Mind-Body Medicine department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America for more than 15 years and currently has a psychotherapy private practice for adults and children in which she blends psychodynamic treatment with a variety of mind-body and energy healing practices. Dr. Puckett holds many certifications including Advanced Intuitive Energy Healer, B.E.S.T. (BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique) Practitioner, Energy Codes Facilitator, Laughter Leader, Humor Professional, and Qigong Instructor.”

Dr. Puckett will be gracing us with her wisdom, experience, and LAUGHTER for the hour and will be on hand to answer your questions and comments!

An episode NOT to be missed!!!

Join us LIVE on October 14, 2021 at 8pm EST!

To find out more about Dr. Katherine Puckett, visit her website at:

(All episodes are recorded for later viewing on my YouTube channel at: “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain” on YouTube”   

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