Let’s talk about GRATITUDE in 2018! And a brand-new Gratitude Project!

Hi gang!  It’s been awhile!  Happy 2018!

I hope your holidays were full of love and gratitude.  I brought my son back to college today and still have my daughter around for another week.  I absolutely LOVE having them home and I cherish every minute I get with both of my kids.  It’s such a blessing and I’m very grateful that they want to come home and spend time with us over the holidays.

Another ‘grateful’ shirt!

I’ve been so busy with both the group and writing the book and my life is so full of GRATITUDE, 24/7!

I’ve also started a brand-new gratitude project for this year (yes….I’m crazy!)  But this one is a little different…

Instead of stating daily what I’m grateful for on Facebook, I’m doing a Gratitude WALL!

Say wha?

Yes….Rob was a sweetheart (as always) and put some foam board up on an empty wall in our basement and this will serve as my Gratitude Wall!

The wall for the 2018 “Gratitude Wall Project!”

My intention (note:  INTENTION) is to put something on the wall every day for the entire year th

at I am grateful for.  This could be in the form of anything:  ticket stubs, photos, art….I’m excited to see what I’ll be able to come up with over the course of the year!

If you’d like to follow along on this newest GRATITUDE endeavor of mine, follow me on my Facebook page which you can find by clicking here:  Gratitude Addict Facebook Page

I have no doubt that this year is going to be a great one.  The growth I saw in my group on Facebook “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain”  was unreal.  Simply unreal.  We started 2017 off with a little over 1,000 members.  As of today, we are at 3,200 members.

What’s so astounding to me is that all of these people join the group knowing that we have strict rules:  NO complaining, no talking about your specific illness, no talking about symptoms, doctors, insurance companies, supplements, medications, remedies….you get the picture.

They join on the premise that we are all to assume that we are in the same amount of pain.  Therefore, we really don’t discuss it because we KNOW what the problem is.  What we WANT  TO KNOW is what the solution is.  HOW can we live happy lives when we hurt so badly so much of the time?

And we have found that living a life of GRATITUDE has changed us.  It has cured us of the emotional debilitation that our chronic conditions cause.  As a group, we cheer each other on and inspire and motivate.  We are the only chronic illness page on Facebook where you can go 24/7 and feel uplifted.

And the most important thing the group provides us with?

Hope.  Because without hope….what’s the point?

And how do we find hope?

Through each other…..with gratitude.

Happy 2018 everyone!

Are YOU doing a gratitude practice this year?  I’d love to hear about it!  Write in the comments!

Lauren has lived with lupus & fibromyalgia for 18 years & is the founder of the FB group, "Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain (AoG.)" Also a recovering alcoholic, Lauren discovered the power of GRATITUDE during her recovery for that as well as in dealing with her chronic illness. In 2016 she embarked on her "Gratitude Project" by writing an essay on one new thing that she was grateful for every day on Facebook for the entire year. It was that project that sparked the website and she's currently writing a book called "Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain" based on how living with the intention of gratitude has changed her life with chronic pain as well as the lives of the thousands of members of AoG. Lauren also sits on the Board of Trustees and is Social Media Coordinator for Chronic Pain Anonymous. #GetYourGratitudeOn

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LeeAnn Walker

LOVE LOVE LOVE your gratitude wall!! What a fantastic idea!! And of course the AOG page is growing like wildfire…YOU are there!!!!