A few posts back I shared our experience and lessons we learnt from our gratitude jar. I also promised to provide some tips on how to make one, and so here goes.
The first and best tip in creating a gratitude jar is to talk about it; with family – spouses, kids and friends. Why? It makes the experience of deliberate gratitude a shared experience and provides a means of encouragement for each other.
In the actual design and putting together the pieces of the jar, I make it a priority to involve the younger ones, from picking the vessel to the design and props for the design. Due to the fact that they have been involved in its creation, it somehow captures their hearts and attention and stays so throughout the year. It becomes a focal point and weaved in to every aspect of life.
The beauty of creating your own gratitude jar is that it can be anything you want it to be- a plastic container, for example an empty peanut butter or jam jar.
We used a mason glass jar, which we already had at home. This used to be the home for sweets and candies, but since we gave those up for a healthier lifestyle, we decided to use the jar as our gratitude jar. So, don’t be too worried about buying a new container, look around you might already have the perfect home for all your gratitude notes!
Make the Note Slips
This part of the process is another way to get everyone not only involved, but connected to the act of gratitude. A tip is to make the paper slips attractive, vibrant and visible. Pair these up with crazy colour pens and crayons and you just about have a winner! You can buy little notebooks that are easy to tear off by page or cut out blank squares of paper, design them and use them to write your thanks notes on.
Putting It all together
We usually make this a fun afternoon activity. We all sit down and put together the different pieces together. The process is all about getting everyone involved in the meaning, reason and process. This is so that it resonates within us as individuals. Over the years, I have realised that especially where the little ones are concerned, because they have been involved in the process, it makes it less of a chore or task when they reminded to write out their gratitude notes and place in the jar.
Once the jar is put together, we place this in central and visible point in the home, this is usually the kitchen. We walk pass it daily and it can’t be missed, someone is bound to see the jar and remember to fill it up or remind others to do likewise.
Starting the process
To kick start the process, we spend one a few minutes, praying over the jar and asking God to fill our hearts with gratitude so that we are reminded to give thanks daily. At various points throughout the year, we then proceed to fill up our gratitude jar with our gratitude notes.
Writing down what we are thankful for is a very powerful and rewarding. It helps us to see the good in everything and realise how good life really is or has been and more importantly how Good God is to us and that His love really never wanes.
I would love to hear or see what your jars look like!
Happy Gratitude jar making beautiful people!