The Gratitude Box
Have you ever heard of a Gratitude Jar? Well, I use this pretty wooden Gratitude Box. I’ve been doing this for a few years now and find it very rewarding. Keep reading to learn how I use it, and why you might want one too…
Gratitude is the antidote to mental clutter! Click To Tweet
Write down good things that happen to you on little pieces of paper and put them in your box/jar. Include whatever (or whoever) makes you happy and grateful, and date it. Examples include surprise gifts, accomplished goals, fun or touching moments, etc.
Start today — New Year’s Day, or your birthday, or whenever you read this. Do it throughout the year when you are moved to do so. (I’m grateful every day, but I probably only add a note to the box on average once a week.) Then, on the next New Year’s Eve (or your next birthday), open your box/jar and read all the amazing things that happened to you that year. I’m thinking of not saving it all up this year; who couldn’t use a little random pick-me-up during the year?
Why? Because gratitude is the answer to everything — loneliness, frustration, scarcity, fear, worry. Gratitude is the antidote to mental clutter! The more we notice good things, the more good things there will be for us to notice. Do you agree? I find that the box itself cheers me up, knowing what’s inside, and what’s surely to come. It’s probably even more effective to keep a detailed daily gratitude journal. But if you’re like me, and have not started that particular practice, this is a simple but effective way to become more mindfully grateful.The more we notice good things, the more good things there will be for us notice. Click To Tweet
Keep your box/jar handy and visible, so you can use it easily, and so you don’t forget about it. Keep a notepad and pen right next to it. (Mine is actually inside the box.)
Anyone can do this. Start today. It’s easy and fun! I like to relax in front of the fire, alone, with a glass of wine, to reflect on these memories. If you like to party till midnight on New Year’s Eve, you can do it the next day. You could even start a new tradition, sharing with your family and/or friends (and their respective boxes/jars).
Do you have a specific gratitude practice?
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And….Happy New Year!
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