new year of gratitude


My second year with my gratitude jar. Such a simple thing.

What are you grateful for?

Thankful for?

Maybe changing your life for the better can indeed be as simple as starting with a deliberate change in outlook? Glass half empty? Are you sure? It might be half full on the way to overflowing.

Begin each new year with a gratitude jar.

Throughout the year, whenever the spirit moves you, write down what you are grateful for, thankful for, or count as a blessing. Just use a tiny strip of paper, fold it up and toss in a pretty jar you keep on a windowsill, in a bookshelf, or in my case– on my desk.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

~ Thornton Wilder

The gratitude jar is a private reminder to you. It’s a sweet and simple thing. I read my year of thoughts and have already added to my jar for 2016.

Creating the jar isn’t rocket science, but the home craftiness of creating the jar isn’t really what the jar is about. If you hang with the jar throughout the year you will find it is not just a bit of ribbon, lace, a jar, labels and itty bitty bits of paper.

Yes, something so simple can teach life lessons.

You don’t have to be perfect. Don’t write something for your jar just to fill it up with little slips of paper. Every once in a while (and how frequent is up to you), sit down for a moment and pause.  Let the words come to you. They will. On good days and not such good days.

Share the gratitude jar concept with friends and family. In this crazily hectic world, it doesn’t hurt any of us to pause and reflect. There is even a tiny little Gratitude Jar book now. I also see here and there fancy schmancy glass jars you can buy.


Happiness is not something ready made.   It comes from your own actions.

~Dalai Lama


Read the book if you like, but you do not need someone else to make you a jar. Not everything in life needs to be purchased. I found a perfect vintage mason jar (antique truthfully) at The Smithfield Barn for a couple of dollars and tied a ribbon around it.  That is my jar. Or you can add a bit of lace as in the photo above.

The gratitude jar isn’t or shouldn’t be a prop so people can visit your home and say “Oh what a good person they are!”, it’s something for you. If you let it what you write will teach you about yourself, others, your world. And it will help you to open up to the goodness that is possible. Learn how to cherish what is right there.

Sounds like a lot. Maybe it is. But the point of a gratitude jar ultimately is it is what is inside you already.  Appreciate the beauty of every day life, the magic of ordinary days. It’s simple to state a few resolutions that you may or may not keep. Being grateful takes a little effort until you get started…so are you up for the challenge?

Remember, it’s not miraculous. It’s about appreciating and being thankful about what you have and freeing yourself to the possibilities life has to offer.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy 2016!

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

 ~Benjamin Franklin

1 thought on “new year of gratitude

  1. Thank you for your eloquently worded and encouraging post.
    Another coolio CC Ramble for me to pass along. I will be sharing this with my writing group on Thursday, a wonderful start for our first meeting of 2016. 🙂
    I am extremely glad I stumbled across your blog this year. Every time I stop by, it is inspiring. Blessings on your 2016 and keep blogging. 😀

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