A Year of Gratitude


I’m always looking for ways to disregard the bad and acknowledge the good, so this sounded like a project that would promote that way of thinking. I found this idea on Pinterest and knew it would be a great way to begin the year.

Here’s how it works: you start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about any good things that happen. Then, on New Year’s Eve, empty the jar and re-read all your happy happenings from that year.

In the hustle and bustle of getting through the day, week, month, year, we sometimes forget to stop and appreciate the positive points or moments. With this simple jar you can start a tradition. Take time to write down and remember the good things, as they happen, and then recall them on New Year’s Day when you read them together.

For mine, I chose a big, glass, wide-mouthed jar; wrapped a ribbon around it; and hole-punched a tag to loop through the ribbon. One of my personal mantras is “Be great & be grateful,” so that’s how I labeled my jar. I thought it would be pretty to use some of our favorite colors for the papers inside.

January isn’t over yet. It’s not too late to start the year off in gratitude. So, go ahead and start a gratefulness jar for yourself or your family.

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