” Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward
In the past month I wrote quite a bit about why to practice gratitude, here is a tip how to build a gratitude practice.
Today I read about the “gratitude jar”. The first thing that came to my mind was:
And as happy as Captain Jack Sparrow is in this moment with his jar, a gratitude jar hopefully brings us longer lasting happiness.
The idea behind it is to have a container (most use a jar hence the term, but any other will do as well) and to write down things we are grateful for and to place them in the container. At the end of the year or when we need a quick “pick me up” we can read the things we were grateful for in that time.
The trick is to place it somewhere where you see it everyday, with paper and a pen directly next to it– that makes it easier to make it a habit. If we need to look for a pen and paper every time beforehand it starts becoming a chore and we are less likely to do it on a daily basis. The second tip is obvious: do it on a daily basis, it only takes you a few minutes.
The next is not to stress out too much about finding the “perfect” container. It can be a simple jam jar- yes I know it sounds very practical and a lot less magical, and the internet is full of beautifully decorated jars that can also be bought online, but it is the content that matters. If you want to decorate it- go for it! If you can’t be bothered- no matter! Maybe you have a wooden box you would like to use instead?
As the year comes to an end we are starting to fall into the “New Years Resolution Trap”- we all know it: in the new year I will start exercising more, eating healthier, building this new habit etc. We tend to put off so many things for the “perfect time”- the perfect time is now! Don’t let gratitude (or any other practice) be something you put off until an “ideal moment”. So start to day- go grab a jar, a pen and pieces of paper!
A quick peak at my jar, it only took me about 10 min to make, and yes it isn’t perfect and a little smudgy- but it is perfect for it’s purpose!