Did you know that there’s a very simple way to increase your happiness this year? It doesn’t involve making more money, taking more vacations or cutting down your work hours. It involves something much simpler: writing down what you’re grateful for. According to Greater Good Magazine, the simple act of writing down these things you’re grateful for can greatly improve your life. The benefits include fewer illness symptoms, a better night’s sleep and more optimism about one’s life.
While keeping a gratitude journal is an easy way to accomplish this task, we like the idea of making the practice more household- or family-friendly with a gratitude jar. Every night, write down those things for which you’re grateful on a slip of paper, and then add it to the jar. Have members of your household do the same. At the end of each month, empty your jar and read your notes aloud, perhaps at a Sunday dinner. Then, archive the notes in a folder or envelope. At the end of the year, you can share all of the memories of the year together. Better yet: catalog your memories in a book or journal that everyone contributes to.
To get you started, we’ve rounded up a few of our own jars that would be perfect for a gratitude jar. See if you can find a match for your home below, and remember — let’s make this year one filled with gratitude!
Source: Flickr User GranthWeb