Thankful Thursday – Gratitude Jar

Practicing gratitude on a regular basis can enhance our relationships with others. What better group to start with then our very own families. One way of doing this by starting a gratitude jar. It can be as simple or ornate as your family likes.  Have family members place what their thankful for on a regular basis and decide on a time to read them aloud and share – could be quarterly, annually, or just when your family needs a pick-me-up.

Gratitude jar helps families focus on gratitude regularly
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Gratitude Jar – Help Make Gratitude a Habit

Gratitude improves our health, relationships, emotions, personality, and career. By keeping a gratitude jar, your family can make being thankful and actively showing gratitude a daily habit.

  • Be specific – write down the date and exactly what you’re thankful for and why
  • Be personal – don’t focus on things but on people and actions
  • Be realistic – don’t make this a chore, but focus on making it a healthy habit

Welcome to Thankful Thursday, Divas!!! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! I can’t wait to see what you’re thankful for and the wonderful things that have been going on in your lives this week!

Thankful ThursdayThis week I’m thankful for:

  • a chance to spend time with my family this weekend – we celebrated my nephew’s 7th birthday and had a baby shower for one of my cousins
  • a close-knit church family that can come together and fellowship with love and laughter
  • everyone who’s encouraged me and is supporting the Celebration of Friendship that Divas With A Purpose is putting together here in Columbia, SC
  • shhhhh….hear that? You don’t? Neither do I! All of my little ones are tucked away before 9:30 … YES!

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  • OneMommy

    Love the idea of a gratitude jar!
    I have done T.T. posts for almost 2 years now; it is definitely time to spread some of that to my family!

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  • I love to start the day by saying thank you for the things I have. I try to say thank you for at least 10 things if not more. It’s actually not hard at all and a great way to get the day started off on the right foot!

    • Michelle

      What a great habit to have in place! Thanks for sharing, Mariah!

  • I would love to incorporate this into our daily routine with the kids. I think that including it in our dinnertime conversation and than afterwards as we’re cleaning up we can jot a few things down and put them in a jar to remember. Great idea!

    • Michelle

      Great idea, Danielle! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenn

    What a great idea!! We should do something like this too, it’s so easy to lose sight of all of the good things that happen to us on a daily basis!

    • Michelle

      So true, Jenn! That’s one of these reasons we implemented this in our household, as well.

  • Such a great idea! I’d love to make 1 of these for down days.

    • Michelle

      Definitely something to help for a quick pick-me-up!

  • What a neat idea. Focusing on the positive can make ahuge difference!

    • Michelle

      It sure can! Thanks for chiming in!

  • I love this idea! It would be such a great way to encourage our family! Thanks for sharing this idea! And cheers for your kiddos being in bed! 🙂

    • Michelle

      Thanks Layne!

  • I don’t have one, but I think I should start one this week. Sounds like a great idea for my strength challenge – need to reverse my negative thoughts.

    • Michelle

      Hi There! I love the idea of a strength challenge – and I see you’re focusing on both the physical and mental! Very inspiring!!!

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  • Oh yeah!!!! Little ones tucked into bed nice and early. Now that’s a BLESSING!!!! 🙂

    • Michelle

      Most definitely!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • lovely, is this a linky? Like the idea and would like to contribu

    • Michelle

      Hi Mar! It sure is and would love to have you be a part of the link-up! There’s a button at the bottom of the post to click and add your link.

  • Very nice idea to do a jar. I agree that it shouldn’t be forced, but something to do that is really reflective.

    • Michelle

      Hi Kalley! Thanks for chiming in! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Very sweet idea! I do the photo a day challenge and take a photo of what I’m thankful for each day. My child is too little to participate in this kind of stuff yet, but I hope to do this jar as my family grows and gets older 🙂

    • What a great idea! I’m horrible at keeping up with daily challenges but I love that idea. Thanks for sharing!