My friend Sarah shared with me last year that her sweet family does an annual gratitude jar. I LOVE this concept because gratitude can really change your perspective on everything.
If you are grateful for what you have, you’ll always feel like you have more than enough.
Gratitude absolutely creates a happier mindset; it’s the reason why gratitude journals have become some popular (hey, if my girl Oprah finds it worthwhile…).
For those not familiar with a gratitude journal, write each morning 8-10 things you’re grateful for. It could be a hug from someone special, for your health, for your morning coffee, for a fun girls night in, really… anything that fills your heart with gratitude. You can use any of these ideas as a place to start! You can’t help but look at your life in a more full, happy way when you do this.
Same goes for the gratitude jar. You can do this solo, with your family or roommate. Even the littlest kiddos will appreciate this.
Grab a jar — a mason jar works great — and leave out small blank sheets of paper. You can even corral your gratitude jar in a small tray with a few pens, markers or crayons if it makes it easier.
Write a brief note daily, weekly or anytime (though I suggest giving yourself a minimum), with anything you’re grateful/thankful for. You can also expand on the concept to include happy moments, successes, funny moments… you set the parameters and have fun with it.
BEST OF ALL: On January 1, 2019, set aside time, open them up and read the notes from your gratitude jar. Talk about the best way to reflect and relive your best moments of 2018. I can imagine it being perfect solo, and equally wonderful with a family… be it little ones or high school kids. Plus, just like demonstrating daily gratitude, it somehow makes the less-than-stellar moments slip away.