I know that November is the month of gratitude, and if you stick around here long enough, you will find that I talk about gratitude a lot! I think it is because it is one of my strengths. It hasn’t always been, and I have to work on it regularly. I know that when I do, I find myself much happier with what I have, and not yearning for those things that are outside of my reach. This is one thing that I have done yearly to increase gratitude at our own home: the Gratitude Jar.
Here is one quick, easy and frugal way to increase gratitude in your home and your personal life.
The Gratitude Jar
All you need is this:
Mason jar or box
I made two printables and you are welcome to use either one. Just right click and download to your computer. I printed mine at wallet size so that it would fit on the jar nicely. You are welcome to print it any size you desire.
Fill the jar with strips of paper. Make sure you have a handy pen nearby.
Then, every day everyone in the household gets to write down at least one thing they are grateful for and put it in the jar! If they need motivation, put your extra Halloween candy next to the jar. They can’t have any until they write something down.
Once a week, sit down as a couple and/or family and read through all the papers. Then, start over for the next week!
Even if you live alone, you can do this. We all need little reminders to be grateful!
If you like that little pumpkin, I have a post coming on those little darlings!!
You will find that each person is grateful for different things. And, that unique form of gratitude will expand your own vision. I know that my husband is grateful for the beauties of the earth. My little ones are grateful for horses, unicorns, and bubble bath. And I, well, I am grateful for a husband who kisses me even when my teeth aren’t brushed, the feel of little hands in my own, and moments of stolen time when I can breathe deeply enough to hear myself think.
When I am reminded of all the different things we can be grateful for, it makes me more aware of how many awesome and beautiful things we are surrounded with daily.
Plus, when we share gratitude, it expands our own vision. It warms our hearts. It increases our own desire to give and share with one another!
Gratitude is powerful.
Are those enough reasons to try this? Come on, give it a go!! You can decorate it and make it cute, or just let it be. It’s not about the “pretties”, it’s about the intent.
And, if you are needing a little more inspiration, feel free to visit a few of my favorite posts on gratitude:
If you love mason jar crafts, check out my Marriage Jars (another free printable!!).
How do you practice gratitude in your life? Does this time of year increase your gratitude? Leave me a note and let me know!