Summer of Gratitude CONTEST

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

I’ve taken up the summer of gratitude challenge for just over two weeks now. One thing that is clear is that gratitude might be the most positive emotion we can emit to change our immediate world and the world at large. The truth is that every act of gratitude, every utterance of gratitude goes out in concentric circles of goodness impacting people you might never even directly meet. Living in the wonder of gratitude even for moments of a time, entrains you into another kind of life, the kind that most of us wish for.

Gratitude is one of the most direct experiences of love we can generate and dispels fear and anxiety because these two polar thought processes cannot occur in the brain simultaneously. Still, even as much as we lean towards gratitude and make a practice of employing it in a conscious and deliberate manner, there is something magical that goes beyond intention when we are deeply grateful. It is almost a cellular change, and our capacity to imagine becomes our capacity to perform. Simply put, gratitude turns us into the best form of ourselves.

I want you to come along on this ride, because if anything has the power to right the energy in the world it would be our collective experience of gratitude. Lets make the universe feel our gratitude.

The contest rules are simple: pay attention to and share your accounts of gratitude in your life, or the life of someone you love, or even just a beautiful anonymous act of gratitude. Tell us your story in the comments section below. Anything that sparked a charge of gratitude in anyone is fair game.

Inspire us all with how gratitude changes your life, and once a week we will choose a winner to receive an amazing basket of love products from Good Clean Love and a variety of top-notch toy manufacturers who are grateful to share the pleasure of living with you. The final weeks of the contest we will let you vote on the best entries of the summer for the grand prize.

So get grateful and remember this inspiring thought by William Faulkner: “Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”



Dianne Lien
Dianne L5 years ago

As surprising as it me...I am grateful to be me. It has taken fifty odd years to come home. To appreciate the warm, loving person that I have become. Time polishes stone, takes the roughness and smoothes it out. We all change. There is no standing still, just a momentary pause. I am grateful to lived the life that I have, regrets included. Peace is about being okay with what it is...(I believe).

Nancy Hatcher
Nancy H5 years ago

I am grateful for all the beings who have taught me to "be here now".

Working with a young woman who has Down's Syndrome taught me how to laugh, love, dance and live in the moment. I will always be grateful to her for the joy she gave me and the unlimited affection.

I will always be grateful for the dogs and cats who have graced my life with adoring eyes and unconditional love. They also taught me to live in the moment. When I would find myself worrying about the past or the future one nudge from a soft furry head would bring me right back to the loving moment.

I'm grateful for my children who love me even when I foolishly feel guilty about not being a better mother. Together we've learned that love does not demand perfection.

I save the best for last - I'm grateful for my husband, Phil. He is definitely my reward for having put up with my first husband. I'm grateful for the daily laughter and the tender affection. Together we've learned what true love is and how much we appreciate each other.

All in all, I'm so joyfully grateful for the life I have and the love that surrounds me.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks Wendy.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks Wendy.

debra o.
debra o6 years ago

I am deeply and totally grateful to Jesus Christ. Who despite my wrongs and my repeated mistakes still loves me deeply and unconditionally each and every day. He also unconditionally without question forgives all my wrongs whenever I ask for forgiviness and am truly sorry. No judgements, no condemation. Just a very simple "You are forgiven". I am also grateful for the 11 times in my life I have almost died and He has saved me each and every time. From being 5 and being bitten by a rattlesnake twice to when I was 40 and in the hospital with a dr telling me I had 3 days, 5 at the most then I would be dead. That he was looking at a talking corspe. I had septic blood poisoning. I knew though I would not die and I didnt. I was saved and actually cured and went home the next day to when I was 43 and shot by someone I knew. The bullet went 2cm from the main artery in my thigh. That is like 1/2". The Lord is so good. I am grateful each and every day for the miracles, and grace He fills my life with.

Ben Oscarsito
Ben O6 years ago

I'm grateful for being born in a country where I can understand the lingo! : ~ /

Lauren Savard
Lauren Savard6 years ago

First and foremost, I am thankful for the goodness of the Lord. Actually, I act very self-pitiful most of the time, but I feel that thankfulness is something I must work on. I have done many things of which I am ashamed, yet every day, He blesses me, and He has not given up on me, when I would have myself years ago. He even gave His only begotten Son, an innocent man, to suffer and die on a cross in place of my wrongdoings. But that's not all He's done.

Each morning I wake up, with clean air to breathe. I walk downstairs, on my own two feet, without any assistance but the railing of my own house that I live in. I make myself breakfast, and enjoy a fulfilling meal that billions have dreamed of merely tasting. I am loved; I have a wonderful family composed of people who are there for me, no matter what. And my friends; they accept me, and are there for me in ways that seem impossible to me. Even people that I do not particularly get along with; they are people. They are alive and breathing, and while I may have trouble seeing it with my human eyes at times: they have something to offer the world. I'm not half as greatful for this as I should be, but I'm glad that I have such a forgiving Creator, who commands me to do the same unto those who I'd rather just ignore and store bitterness against. It is much harder, but far more rewarding that way.

So... I'm not nearly as thankful as I should be, but for all of this, I say, thank You, Creator. And Dad. :)

Ida J.
Ida J6 years ago

I'm grateful for the strong love that have been shown in Norway after the terrible attacs we had on friday 22. It have made us a stronger people, proven that love can overcome hate.

Nick Miller
Nick Miller6 years ago

"Gratitude is one of the most direct experiences of love we can generate and dispels fear and anxiety because these two polar thought processes cannot occur in the brain simultaneously."

That is so true! I experienced this at work the other day; instead of being anxious and concerned about the future, I instead decided to tell a friend of mine how thankful I was that they were in my life, and my attitude changed drastically! Being grateful is a wonderful act and habit to get into :)

Iona Kentwell
Iona K6 years ago

This is a beautiful idea!
My kids and I take a look everyday at what we are grateful for that day. It has to be positive and it has to be that day. It sparks such wonderful conversations. I am very grateful that we started this and it reaps such rich rewards.