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Gratitude Pays in Pleasure: Contest Winners

Gratitude Pays in Pleasure: Contest Winners

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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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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8:24AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

It is always wonderful to hear stories like these, restores faith in the intrinsic goodness of humanity :)

2:03PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Thank you.

8:04AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Thanks for caring

2:50PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Thanks, interesting article.

6:32PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Expressing gratitude certainly makes one feel better. Hearing about someone's generosity or taking an opportunity to be generous uplifts one's spirit.

11:51AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

i love these stories. and we desperately need to hear stories like these. every day i see people spend huge amounts of money on unnecessary stuff while others truly suffer. it can become depressing. i am grateful to hear stories of substance and generosity.

7:41AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Thank-you for sharing the stories. They made me grateful in knowing that there are still humans who have humanity. Acts of kindness, big or small, whether giving or receiving, are always something to be grateful for.

12:29AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

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10:29PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

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