Lauren Blanchard Zalewski is a writer, speaker, passionate champion of all things gratitude, and is a self-diagnosed “gratitude addict,” hence the name of her blog. Having lived with chronic illness for 20 years and hitting a very deep rock bottom in 2013, she has found that the single most powerful tool to aid in her emotional healing is gratitude. Her year-long “Gratitude Project of 2016” on Facebook deepened her understanding of the effectiveness of this in a life-altering way.
She is the founder of the Facebook group “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain,” as well as its sister group “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain Journaling Club.” Additionally, she hosts the weekly live broadcast, “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life,” which streams on both Facebook Live and YouTube on Thursdays at 8 pm EST. Each week brings expert guests and new topics pertaining to living our best possible lives despite dealing with life’s curveballs.
Lauren is a voracious student of the human experience and has spent many years delving into intensive research into the power of gratitude as a tool for those who endure life’s difficulties, such as pain and illness. Her mission, passion, and life’s work is in spreading the message of gratitude as the ultimate tool for resilience, hope, and joy even through the most difficult of circumstances.
Her first book, “The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys: Quick Prompts for Wisdom, Courage and Confidence” will be released on November 30, 2021 by Rockridge Press. Her next book, also by Rockridge Press, is the “52-Week Intention Journal: Motivating Prompts to Encourage Reflection, Focus, and Meaningful Change” and is due out in March 2022. “Chronically Grateful,” her book focusing on the power of gratitude and how it helps those with chronic conditions to live their best lives has been passionately in the works, as well.
Lauren has also been active in the non-profit sector, having served on the Board of Trustees of Chronic Pain Anonymous for six years helping to grow and spread awareness of the organization. In 2005 she co-founded a non-profit theatre group for teens and was active as president for many years on her local PTA working directly with parents, teachers, and students to embrace a strong family-school partnership.
She received the distinguished Facebook Community Manager Certification in May of 2021 and is also certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
The mother of two grown children, Lauren lives in Hunterdon County, NJ, with her husband, Rob and Rory the Wondercat.
Follow her at gratitudeaddict.com.