“Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness”
– Author unknown
I want to be more grateful and I am consciously choosing to work on developing this ‘within’. My desire to be grateful started after watching many episodes of Ross Kemps’ Extreme World (viewer discretion recommended) where the impact of these investigative documentaries was for me to reflect and question my own life, in particular to think about where I live, the resources I have at hand, and the lifestyle that I may be taking for granted. It is very easy to get caught up in the stressors of my daily life and oversee the goodness of the small things we all do, see, and experience on a regular basis.
I found myself questioning:
- How often do I feel grateful?
- How often do I look for the goodness in everyday life?
With these thoughts and questions buzzing around my head I was curious to research a way to help me achieve my objective. It didn’t take too much investigation to come across the tremendous amounts of information available online from others who have written about gratitude as well as information in books through to mantra’s that will help you practice gratitude. One way that seems feasible and quite easy to achieve is to create a gratitude jar. The theory behind these resonated with me and my mission. It reads that by taking the time to think about small daily things you are grateful for, you will start looking for and seeing the goodness in everyday life and therefore feel grounded, less stressed, humble and thankful for what we do have. AND then the best part is that at the end of the year you can open the jar up and reflect on the goodness as a whole!
I have now started my first jar and I am looking forward to seeing how it and I progress on my quest!
To make your own gratitude jar please see instructions below:
- empty jar – we used a recycled coconut oil jar but any one will do.
- Piece of card (any colour will do and match it to suit the jar size
- Black pen
- Double-sided tape
Once you have created the jar, place it somewhere where you will see it and start filling it up with daily memoirs!