Gratitude jars provide you one way to focus on the positives events in your life. It is easy to take for granted of all we have in our lives. It is a practice that helps you cultivate mindfulness.
Last spring I went to see a therapist. I was focusing too much on the negative events and feelings in my life. She suggested for me to practice gratitude everyday. Her assignment was for me to write three things I’m grateful for in a journal. Of course, I never go around to getting a journal in order.
What is a Gratitude Jar?
A gratitude jar is an empty jar that you fill with handwritten pieces of paper. Similar to a gratitude journal, you write down the what you’re grateful for on a piece of paper. Fold the paper in half, then drop it inside the jar.
Being mindful of the positive events in your life is such a better way to life than to hold onto the negative. You can write down anything – big or small – whatever your win is that is positive! Then, when the new year rolls around, you can read through all your positive notes from your jar!
How to Paint a Gratitude Jar
1. Gather your supplies. The following supplies are what I used to make a pink gratitude jar.
2. Pour red and white paint together in a container suitable for mixing paint. I used the red solo cup because I can easily toss after my project.
3. Let paint dry.
4. Paint a second coat if needed.
5. Keep a stack of paper next to your jar for easy access to write positive notes!
I am grateful for so many things, but most importantly I’m grateful for you. Thank you for coming to visit my website and learning how to create your own gratitude jar.
What are you grateful for?
Update 1/9/2023: I had time to review my gratitude jar and these are the only things I wrote all year! While my intentions were there, I had a lot of ups and downs throughout the year. I completely forgot about practicing gratitude for many parts of the year. I tried, but this task was not for me.
- painting the dining room white
- planned a Disney trip
- paying off my car loan
- swimming and dinner with friends
- made my makeup station functional
- in April, I earned $361.22 with my blog/affiliate and clothing resales
- added succulents to kodoma planter
- painting my office white
- had a party for the Kentucky Derby
- trip to Caddo Lake
- DIY nailhead bulletin board
- work out 60 minutes in the morning
- adopting a puppy
- kitchen pantry remodel
- read 5 books in January