Monday, January 7, 2013
One of my goals this year is to be more grateful, so a few days ago the kids and I started a Gratitude Jar, an idea I first read about on my friend Fran's blog, Broken Cookies Don't Count. All that's needed is a jar—in our case, it's a clear plastic cookie jar with a frog on it—and slips of paper to write on. The idea is that each day family members will write down the things they're thankful for and then place those papers in the jar. Then on New Year's Eve, we'll empty the jar and read about all the good times and blessings we've enjoyed throughout the year.
To me, this jar is the perfect way to practice gratitude—and not just for the kids but for me as well. Too often, I think, it's the bad or less happy parts of the day that stick in our minds: the fight we had with our spouse, the speeding ticket, the time we tripped and fell in front of a bunch of people we were trying to impress (ask me how I know this!). The memories of the small—and sometimes not so small—good things that happen each day are too often fleeting, at least in my experience. This jar will help us remember those moments.
And it will remind us just how much we've been blessed.
Wishing you all a Happy Monday!
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Awwhhh I love this Dana. So much so that I want to use it at our home with my own children too. LOL. I'll tell you one thing I'm grateful for right now. It's inspiring bloggers like you that totally makes my day. Thank you for that wonderful post. Have a great MondayReplyDelete
Aw, thanks so much, Sela. That's very nice of you to say.Delete
Awesome idea! :DReplyDelete
It really is. I'm so glad I read about it on Fran's blog.Delete
a nice ideaReplyDelete
Yes, I'm glad I came across it.Delete
What a fun thing to do with the kiddos. Now I'm headed to check out your friend's blog. Love her blog name. So great.ReplyDelete
Cheers and boogie boogie.
I love her blog name, too. Enjoy!Delete
That is an excellent idea. We are all too often wrapped up in problems we forget there's a better side to life.ReplyDelete
That is so true. I fell into that trap last year, and I don't want to make that mistake again.Delete
Need a big cookie jar for one a dayReplyDelete
I've been writing one or two a day, and my kids have been writing around three each. I'm glad they feel they have a lot to be thankful for, but you're right—I'm going to need a bigger jar!Delete
This is a wonderful idea! It's easy to lose sight of the fact that we all have so much to be thankful for everyday.ReplyDelete
Exactly. I'm really glad we started this project. :)Delete
This is a great idea! Maybe I'll try that, too.ReplyDelete
Let me know if you do!Delete
I think you know the type of wise-guy I am...ReplyDelete
The very first slip of paper I'd place in the jar would read, "I am thankful for that pad of yellow stickies by the phone."
Ha! I wouldn't expect any less... ;)Delete
I love this idea. What fun! I'm not sure I could wait until New Year's to read them, though. I would cheat and read them throughout the year.ReplyDelete
We'll see if we can make it through the whole year without taking a peek. :)Delete
What a wonderful idea! I need to learn to be more grateful myself. Some days, like today, it's hard. I blame it on just being a Monday!ReplyDelete
Mondays can be hard. Hope your day is better now. :)Delete
being a mom is the most important and most unappreciated job in the world!ReplyDelete
thank you, fellow moms!
You're absolutely right! I'll join you: thank you to all the moms!Delete
That is a wonderful idea, Dana. It will be fun to read all the things everyone was grateful for at the end of this year!ReplyDelete
I think it'll turn out to be a very worthwhile project. :)Delete
This sounds like a great idea! And what a great time you will have the last day of the year!ReplyDelete
I know. I'm excited already!Delete
A gratitude jar is a great idea! I did it once a few years ago for a month. A whole year would be just awesome!!! Yes, go for it!! :):)ReplyDelete
We're having a lot of fun with it!Delete