I am so excited about this article!
There is a tradition among some that I’ve recently been introduced to...
It’s simple, doesn’t involve a resolution and effortlessly builds happiness!
All you need is an empty jar, keepsake box, or, heck…even a zip lock baggy will do in a pinch. Also, you’ll need a pen and paper. I’ll wait while you get them.
Do you have them? Stop reading and go grab ‘em. Do. It. Now. My Lovely.
Write down one good thing that has happened in the last two days. Or, one negative thing that didn’t happen, if that helps prompt you.
Actually, I hesitate to quantify things as good and bad… is there something you’re grateful for?
Financial? Work? Family? Spiritual? Physical?
It could be anything. Maybe you got engaged? Maybe your kids let you sleep an extra 20 minutes? Or, perhaps something serious, like surviving a close call while driving.
Write it down in a few words on a small piece of paper, date it, and put it in your jar, or, whatever container you’ve gotten for yourself.
Now, put the jar on your dresser, nightstand… any place where you’ll see it all the time.
…at least, until the next time you find yourself grateful. Then write that down and put it in your jar, and continue this practice throughout the year.
Every time something you’re grateful for happens, write it down and put it in your jar. Your kids are sure to have fun with this, too.
And, the more you do it, the more you’ll be aware of things you want to write down.
Here’s the thing. Resolutions have rarely worked for me in creating a happier life. But gratitude always works!
And while gratitude lists can be a wonderful tool, I prefer this idea of letting things unfold and presenting themselves, instead of racking my brain for a list of what I should feel good about.
Even more, this is a gift you are giving yourself not only all year, but also on New Year’s Eve 2014 when you go through the jar of all your 2013 blessings.
Life can be tricky…and, it definitely has its ups and downs. This simple practice can anchor you in your life in a way that few other things can.
I’m going to do this for myself this year and I invite you to join me…
I hope you’ll share with me what gratitudes have come to mind for you, I look forward to hearing!
In the meantime, have a beautiful day, and remember, I am most definitely in your corner…