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Gratitude Jar 2017
December 28, 2016

My roommate and I often ask each other “what was the best part of your day?” It never seems to be related to money or material items. It’s usually the small things like “the first sip of coffee in the morning”, a small victory at the gym, or a funny story with a friend. These small moments are often forgotten about when reflecting on the big events that take place over the course of a year.

The solution = a Gratitude Jar! Have you heard of gratitude jars? The idea is simple: Get a jar, write down the things that make you smile, jot down the date, put it in the jar, and read through them at the end of the year.

We tend to think the year flies by, and we don’t always remember it very clearly. Ask yourself: What was the best thing that happened in September? How were the first two weeks of the New Year? You likely can’t remember! For most of us, opening the jar will bring the recollections flooding back: a special meal with family, a compliment received from a friend, a triumph at work, a personal best at the gym, or a cozy Sunday spent enjoying your favorite breakfast. You’ll have a great time reflecting on all the “little things” that made your year great.

You don’t have to write every day if you don’t want to. Just jot down any burst of feeling or random act of kindness and throw it in the jar. Taking time to appreciate the small things helps you to cherish your life and yourself.

“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things”

Football season is almost over (yay - haha!) and what better way to celebrate than with a flavourful appetizer! This recipe is a tasty substitution to classic buffalo wings.

Yields:

Unlimited notes of gratitude

Inspired by:
Carrots N' Cake

Ingredients:

  • One jar (a box or plastic container would work too!)
  • Ribbon to decorate
  • Label
  • Paper for writing “gratitude notes”
  • Gratitude

Directions:

  1. Collect your ingredients
  2. Write down the things that make you smile
  3. Include the date on the note
  4. Put the note in the jar
  5. Read through the notes at the end of the year (or end of each month if you prefer!)

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