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…
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.
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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