How to Create a Gratitude Jar?
As you go about your hectic routine, you often miss out on noticing the many positives in your everyday life. Making a conscious effort to reflect ever so often will make you aware of your many blessings, otherwise taken for granted.
It is an excellent idea to channelize your positive energy and record all the things you are grateful for in your life. As a matter of habit, every week, if not daily, dedicate a few minutes towards practicing gratitude.
Benefits of practicing gratitude
- Enriches your life by inspiring, energizing, and transforming you
- Gives you the strength to overcome the hardships you may encounter
- Fills you with positive emotions and a sense of happy contentment
- Builds strong and lasting relationships
- Lowers stress and improves sleep quality
Make a beginning
A gratitude jar is an exciting alternative to a journal as looking at it building-up acts as an effective visual mood booster. Read through the slips in your jar to draw your attention to all the good in your life.
To get started, select a plain glass jar with a lid, a stash of mini note sheets, and a pen and place these at a visible location. You can either decorate your jar with inspirational quotes and motivational stickers or keep it simple.
Creating a self-care routine
Gratitude is like a miraculous vitamin that soothes your body, mind, and soul, free of cost. Religiously practicing it can be a life-changing experience even though all this exercise needs is a minimal time commitment from your end.
Focus on the positives and write down your blessings as this form of expression proves more powerful than retaining it in your mind. Make sure you adopt this mindfulness routine, especially on your busiest days when you more than ever need a soul-soothing balm.
Here are some useful tips for creating your gratitude jar that records and stores your blessings:
Keep an open mind
Focus on your life’s many gifts that you are grateful for, like your family, friends, good health, pets, and home. Something you may consider inconsequential once upon a time, like breathing pure air, may one day be a luxury.
Dig deep within and allow yourself to feel gratitude by pleasant surprises or even a kind word. Be specific by describing in brief why the experience fills you with immense thankfulness.
Conform to a schedule
You should view filling your gratitude jar as a healthy habit rather than a tedious task. You can add to your jar either at the start, end, or in between your day.
Whatever is convenient for you, conform to this schedule without fail. The healing act of expressing gratefulness is more fun when your entire family actively participates and contributes towards it.
Share your gratitude
On significant dates like Thanksgiving, New Year’s, or Birthdays, pull out a note from the jar and read it aloud. This simple act of sharing creates such powerful moments of gratitude that take your mind off all the negativity around you.
Celebrate the gratitude month of November by adopting this therapeutically uplifting attitude and, in turn, enhance your emotional and physical wellbeing.