Gratitude is the practice of being thankful for the things we receive in our lives. These things can be tangible, like a feeling of gratitude for having a roof over your head or warm food in your stomach. Or it can be intangible, like being grateful for the love you feel for your family, or grateful for your intelligence or your ability to connect with others.
The practice of being thankful and radiating it out into the universe is important. It is a practice I share with my young children in the hope that it will become a wonderful habit that they can bring into adulthood.
What is a gratitude glass?
A gratitude jar is a tool that you can use to promote a practice of gratitude. It is a physical vessel that is used to collect all of the things that you are grateful for. Making a gratitude jar is a simple activity that you can do with your children.
The purpose of a gratitude jar is to have a visual reminder of all of the things that you are grateful for. It’s a place to keep all of the things you think are dearest in life. A gratitude glass can be a great initiator of communication between you and your children when it comes to talking about the things for which you are most grateful. It can be a way to start important conversations.
Reasons to start a gratitude glass
If you’ve heard of a gratitude jar and thought about creating one, now is the time to do it. There are so many reasons to practice gratitude. Practicing gratitude is a way to focus on the positive things in your life. It’s a way to get your attention to all of the things that you are to do instead of the things you lack.
Scientific Research consistently shows the Importance of gratitude and positive psychology on a person. Studies have found a link between gratitude and improved physical and mental wellbeing. There are even links between the practice of gratitude and cardiovascular health. People, who often express feelings of gratitude have shown themselves increasingly positive Emotions, less stress and even improved Sleep quality.
The practice of being grateful can literally improve your health. What a great gift to share with your family.
Decoration ideas for gratitude jar
To create a gratitude jar, all you need are a few things:
- A clear jar (can be a glass mason jar or a plastic container)
- Note (to write what you are grateful for)
When it comes to the type of decoration that you and your family would like to use on your glass, there are no limits to what you can do with it. Hug yours creativity and go crazy with glitter, jewels, stickers and feathers. Cover your glass with paint or use markers to draw on your favorite designs. Go online and find free printouts that can be used to decorate your glass. You can even use a marker or paint to write some of your favorite quotes, sayings, or poems on the outside of your glass. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can of course always hop on Pinterest and search for “DIY gratitude jar” or “thank you jar”. This will help you come up with hundreds of unique and beautiful ideas for your glass.
How to use your gratitude glass
While decorating their gratitude jar can be really fun for kids, it’s important to remember that what goes in the jar is more important than what it looks like. The real practice of gratitude is to write what you are grateful for on a piece of paper and then put it in the glass. Maybe you are grateful for a good night’s sleep the night before or for the nice text message you received from a friend. Whatever it is, write it down and put it in your glass.
When to practice gratitude
You can choose to make this a daily, bi-weekly, or weekly exercise. Whatever you’re feeling works best for you. When you’re feeling down or having a bad day, just reach into your gratitude glass to retrieve one of your notes for what you are grateful for. This can be a great pick-me-up and can often completely change your mood.
Tips for using your gratitude jar with kids
As you do this with your children, it can be helpful to give them some pointers of what they are grateful for. For example, I could say, “Tell me about a time when you were grateful for something your teacher did for you at school.” Or, “Tell me about a time when your friend did something that you were grateful for. ”Or:“ Tell me about your favorite toy ”or“ If you could write a thank you letter to someone in your life, who would you send it to and what would you thank them for? ”
A prompt can be more helpful with young children than simply asking them, “What are you grateful for?” Gratitude can be an abstract concept, so it will help your children develop their gratitude practice.
Where can I keep a gratitude glass?
Where you keep your gratitude glass is entirely up to you. However, if you want to keep gratitude in mind, it can be helpful to have your glass in a place where you will see it regularly. The more visible your glass, the easier it is to remember to participate in your gratitude practice.
For young children, encourage them to keep their glasses in the kitchen or living room so that the family can work on their thank you notes and discuss more. If you want to get into a daily gratitude practice, consider pulling a gratitude note from another family member’s glass each evening and discussing what you are grateful for at the dinner table. Or even consider creating a family-wide gratitude jar where you all contribute to what’s in it. This can be a nice way to initiate a positive family conversation.
Practice gratitude as a family
It can be so easy to compare yourself to others and focus on what you don’t have instead of all the things you have. As a parent, I want to raise non-materialistic childrenwho care more about who they are and how they treat others than what they have. Using a gratitude jar is a way to help your children and yourself focus on the things that really matter.
– From Jessica Martel