One day on Facebook, a post was circulating about creating a gratitude jar. The idea is to take a plain jar, decorate it and keep pieces of paper filled with things for which you are grateful inside it. At the end of the year (or whenever you need a reminder) you can take a moment and reflect on how much you have in your jar to be happy about.
I created the jar to the left and decided that I wanted to write my gratitudes on heart-shaped colored construction paper. I keep my jar in a prominent place in my bedroom where I can see it every day. I love that I can SEE all the cool things that have happened to me so far this year. I also keep a Gratitude Journal and try to write in it daily, but there’s something about the jar and having pretty little hearts that I can pull out and look at whenever I need a quick little gratitude boost. I think this is a great project to share with children to get them used to the idea of a daily gratitude practice.
It can be a challenge to maintain an attitude of gratitude with so much going on in my life, but I’m getting better every day and any tool that moves me towards that goal is a good thing.