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5 Life-Changing Reasons to Have a Gratitude Jar

5 Life-Changing Reasons to Have a Gratitude Jar

I have always preferred to think of myself as quick-witted. But, since I have spent the past couple of years taking a good look at myself, I have to be honest and admit, what I really am, is snarky. I love sarcasm. And those of us who do, do not often have the most optimistic outlook on life. I know I will never be a complete Little Ms. Sunshine, but I have been working on at least being a bit less dark.

So, when I saw that many of my friends had created ďGratitude JarsĒ at the start of the New Year, I joined in and created my own. What exactly is a gratitude jar? Basically itís a jar (or basket or container) that you fill with notes, thoughts, and scribbles about something that you are thankful or grateful for. Some people add something on a daily basis, some do it randomly, and some add things when they are having an especially hard time.

You can be as elaborate or as simple as you want, going as far as decorating your own jar, to doing what I did and repurposing a jar that had been gifted to me filled with seed packets. As for reviewing your gratitudes, this also is entirely up to you. Some people do it at the end of the year, some involve their whole family and read some at Thanksgiving, and others, like me, read them when they are having a really tough day.

While there are certainly web pages and apps you can use, I have found that the process of actually writing them down and doing it ďold school,Ē helps me to unplug and get more in touch with my feelings and what I am actually thankful for.

Here are the reasons I think they are helpful.

1. You are forced to stop and slow down at least once in your day because you think about things in a different way, not just on autopilot.

2. You get an unexpected smile each day from thinking about those things or by taking a peek at some of your “gratitudes.”

3. You realize how awesome your life really is. My jar has helped me to stop focusing on the one or two things that make it seem like it sucks. Thatís not to say that sometimes really bad things donít happen, but by looking at the good things you realize that in each day, no matter how small it might seem, there is always something to be grateful for.

4. You learn what things in life are really important to you. I donít put something in every day, and even in the short time I have done it, I have gotten back in touch with my real self, with the things that really matter to me. I already see a pattern of the things in my life that have meaning.

5.†It motivates you to bring the things important to you into your life, and to get rid of or change the things that arenít and that do not bring you any joy or add to your life.

Have you created your own jar or use something similar? Iíd love to hear your ideas so please share them in the comments section.



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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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3:36AM PST on Nov 12, 2014

Very good idea. Thank you.

6:36AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

A very good idea.If we fill the jar with slips of paper mentioning things for which we are grateful to God everyday, we will be positively changing our attitude

6:22AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Gratitude is the start of life contentment

2:15AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014


1:21PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

Thank you

1:52PM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Sounds like just what I need to counteract the winter blahs! Trying to get to"Good things are just around the corner" Not easy!!

4:31PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

makes sense

9:27AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

That's a good little assignment for the bairns to help me with lol...

8:13AM PST on Mar 5, 2014


1:07AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

Thank you :)

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