How To Make Your Family A Gratitude Jar
Printable Gratitude Jar Label and Entry Sheets
Does your family create a Gratitude Jar? Some people call them Thankful Jars, Memory Jars, or Blessing Jars. But whatever you call them, a Gratitude Jar is a beautiful way to enter the season of Thanksgiving. It’s a simple concept. All you have to do is pause for one moment every day all through the month of November and think of one thing you are grateful for. You write it down on a slip of paper and drop it into your Gratitude Jar. Come Thanksgiving, you take them out and review all the wonderful ways you have been blessed over the last month. Parents, friends, and children can all participate in the creation of a Gratitude Jar.
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Counting Your Blessings One Day At A Time
Each little slip of paper holds space for a short gratitude reminder. It can be anything. A family member, a friend, a stranger who made you smile. Or maybe the smell of Fall in the air, all crisp and invigorating has you feeling extra blessed. Maybe you are grateful that the season for boots and sweaters is here. Perhaps, you are thankful for your church, the apple orchard, your car, your job, the rain, the sun, your pet, your favorite song, a new book… I could go on forever counting my favorite blessings and so can you if you make a little time for it.
The Gratitude Jar Grand Finale
When Thanksgiving comes around, you take them out and read them together. It is time well spent. In our home, this is a tradition that keeps us in touch with what the holidays really represent. It serves as a daily reminder of what really matters and it helps keep us grounded and focused on the beauty that surrounds us. I know I am getting all squishy here, but honestly, it does the heart good to keep a Gratitude Jar. We not only reveal the current year but it is also fun to dig through the slips from previous Gratitude Jars.
Gratitude Is Good For You
Did you know that gratitude has been scientifically proven to be awesome for your health? Your mental health AND your physical health. It’s true. Check out some of these benefits mentioned in 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude from Psychology Today.
- Showing appreciation can help you win new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion.
- Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences.
- Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
- Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kindly, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky.
- A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, an essential component to optimal performance.
- Research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma.
How To Create Your Gratitude Jar
What To Use For Your Gratitude Jar
We use a canning jar. But you can make a Gratitude Jar out of just about any container. Here are some ideas:
- a canning jar
- a cookie jar
- a coffee tin
- a candy dish
- a pickle jar
Make Your Gratitude Jar A Label
You can put whatever title you would like on your gratitude jar and you can paint it on or just write it on in marker. You can trace your lid onto paper and decorate it in any way you would like then glue it on. Or, you can print off a label from my shop right here.
Create Your Daily Entry Slips
We have daily entry sheets that include the day of the month on them but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to. All you really need to have is thirty small slips of paper for each person contributing. If you want to use entry slips like ours, you can get them right here. We keep our blank slips cut and ready in an envelope next to our jar with a pen handy.
Decorate Your Gratitude Jar
You may be content with a simple label and that’s cool. But, it’s also fun to add some twinkle lights to the base of your Gratitude Jar. Or you can wrap the neck in some twine and maybe hot glue on some leaves or berries. Have fun with it. Just don’t get so carried away that it ends up hard to open and close. (Yup, I’ve done that.)
This is a great opportunity to teach our children the importance of pausing to be grateful. These moments of appreciation stick, and soon everyone is noticing blessings everywhere. I hope you love and value this family tradition as much as I do. It honestly is time well spent.
If you decide to create a Gratitude Jar please let us know in the comments section below. You are also welcome to share a picture with me on our Facebook Page. We love to hear from you!
Wishing you a season overflowing with blessings and moments you cherish for always.
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