Practicing gratitude is its own incentive. You feel so much better the more grateful you get, it is impossible to imagine that life could get any better, and then it does. Gratitude opens us up to the goodness in the world and then it starts to multiply into all kinds of new pleasures. As a loveologist, I have access to all kinds of inspiring companies that spend their days working to deliver more comfort, sensuality and passion with pleasure. They have generously donated their products, like the ones pictured above, in celebration of the Summer of Gratitude Contest.
It is impossible to choose winners from the amazing collection of stories already shared. These two will give you chills or maybe just remind you of your own gratitude. We have tons of cool stuff to give away and every week we will share the winning stories. You can enter your story of gratitude here.
Be bold, focus on your gratitude, it may win you even more pleasure than it is already giving you.
Summer of Gratitude Contest Winner #1: Noorunnisa Kutty
About four months ago, the mother of my children’s schoolmates approached me nervously. She said her hubby was in between jobs and she did not have enough money to pay her daughter’s uni fees. She asked if she could borrow a grand, which she would repay in installments over the next few months after her husband started on his next job. I gave it to her. She paid the first installment in full, but after that the amount she returned became less – her husband had lost his job again. Nevertheless she tried her best to return some small sum each month. Two days ago, she approached me again. She needed another loan, because they had run out of money to pay their bills and buy provisions. No one else would give her money because they didn’t see how they would be repaid if her husband remained unemployed.
I realised giving her a loan in the circumstances might be sheer stupidity. But the way I saw it, I was grateful I have never ever had to turn to any other human being for help all my life. I gave the loan willingly with no pressure or timeline for her to return it; after all money is only useful when it is being used to stave off someone’s hunger and give him shelter – I’m grateful to God that He had left me an excess in the bank that I can actually use for this …
Summer of Gratitude Contest Winner #2: Elizabeth V.
I want to share a story about gratitude. While I was in New York City alone, I fell down a flight of stairs and broke my leg in three places. I was in shock, and lying on the sidewalk, not fully comprehending what to do. A passerby stopped and hailed a cab for me to take me to the hospital. I couldn’t walk, however, as my leg was too badly shattered to move. As I lay there, a small black homeless man who was in rags, came up to me and without even asking, picked me up in his arms and carried me to the waiting taxi. I was in such a fog from the pain, that I did’t even think to thank him. When I looked at the seat of the taxi where he had gingerly placed me, there was a $20 bill sitting beside me. Without a hesitation, I knew that the universe had placed it there for me to give him, which I did. This extraordinary event made me realize that the universe encourages us to express gratitude in every way possible. In this case, it provided the means to express my love in a tangible way.
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