The act of gratitude can have powerful effects on our wellbeing. Besides helping us acknowledge the positivity in our lives, recent research has shown that being grateful is associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue and potentially keeping heart disease at bay. Though gratitude journals have typically been the go-to activity for counting those blessings, Kira Roark of ‘Books for Better Living’ is a bigger fan of gratitude jars. Here’s her method.

“1. Get a jar.

2. Cut up some colored paper into 2-inch squares and put them in the jar.

3. Whenever you feel like it, grab a blank square, write down the date + what you’re grateful for, fold it up, put it back in the jar.”

Every family member can contribute a note detailing what he or she is thankful for whenever inspiration hits and then drop it into the jar. Some examples of possible notes can be “being thankful for a healthy family” or “grateful for the beautiful, warm weather.”   Reaching into the jar and reading one of those slips of paper makes for an instant pick-me-up when you're having a rough day. We suggest trying this idea and getting the whole family involved. Do you have another favorite gratitude practice? Share it with us in the comments!



Books for Better Living: Gratitude Journals Are a Chore. Try a Gratitude Jar!