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How to Create a Gratitude Jar?

Gratitude Jar with Pink Rose

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.

RCSS Drive Through Meal Program

RCSS Drive Through Meal Program

  • Beginning March 18, 2020, lunches will be distributed, with breakfast bags for the next day, at the listed meal sites.
  • Meals are available for children ages 2 – 18.
    • Children must be present to receive meals.
  • We are seeking assistance from community partners and churches to help with delivering meals to families who are homebound and cannot get to a distribution site.
    • If your organization is interested, please contact Dr. Dana Bing at (706) 829-9615.
    • Community partners will pick up from a distribution or production site and deliver to the family.
  • Want to help? We need:
    • Clean, large boxes to transport meals between sites.
    • Small bags or boxes to put individual meals in for easy distribution.

The COVID 19 Meal Sites Flyer includes Locations. Download the PDF.

Columbia County Gives News

Mark donates $10,000 to THS construction program

Mark knows how important the construction program at Thomson High School is. The McDuffie Progress covered the presentation to the school on August 15, 2019.

Mark and JoAnn Herbert of Herbert Homes presented a $10,000  check to the McDuffie County Board of Education to benefit the construction program at Thomson High School. Pictured are Trevor Roberson, THS principal; Andy Knox, board chairman; Mychele Rhodes, superintendent of schools; and Jarvis McNair, board vice chairman.

A local developer showed his commitment to education by donating $10,000 to the construction program at Thomson High School.

Mark and JoAnn Herbert, of Herbert Homes, and the developers turning the former 1810 winery in Thomson into a multifaceted residential and commercial entity, presented the check for the construction program to the McDuffie County Board of Education Aug. 15.

In making the donation, he said the money is to be used for supplies and training materials for the multiple pathways offered within the construction career cluster at the high school.

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Giving Your Best Award: Pat Grice

I have known Pat Grice for many years, this award is well deserved. Congratulations Pat. 

Giving Your Best: Pat Grice

By: Jennie Montgomery
Posted: Mar 26, 2018 05:46 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 12, 2018 05:19 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Pat Grice is a volunteer with Columbia County Community Connection and Columbia County Cares. She delivers food and clothing where it’s needed, coordinating with consignment shops and grocery stores.

What began 11 years ago with just one school, now serves 31 schools.

Pat had another reason to celebrate when the WJBF cameras showed up at her office– making it an extra special birthday as she was presented the Giving Your Best award!!!  

News from some of the Charities Mark and JoAnn Support

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  • Service to the Armed Forces 2020: Relief for Military and Veterans in a Year of Crisis
    by American Red Cross on February 1, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Last year was fraught with disease and disaster. The coronavirus pandemic created unique stressors for the military and veteran communities. The American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces was present answering the call to help and providing relief and resources to service members, veterans, their families and caregivers. Learn more at #redcross #armedforces #SAF

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