A Thankful Jar is our newest New Year’s tradition; will it be yours, too? My aim is to make 2018 our most thankful year yet, and this is one of the ways I plan to make it happen! “But,” you ask, “isn’t it just as important to find ways to make the new year the happiest, healthiest, or most successful yet?” Of course, I am striving for all those things, too, but let me explain why I chose thankfulness as my number one goal!
I have heard it said many times -and there is tons of research to support it- that a thankful heart is a happy heart. Additionally, one’s attitude can make a remarkable difference in their overall health: the way we choose to deal with problems has a genuine impact on how much they affect our mental (and physical) state! The Bible even speaks to this correlation in Proverbs 17:22; the Amplified Bible version of the verse says, “A happy heart is good medicine, and a joyful mind causes healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” No matter how we feel, the choice to have a thankful and happy heart is always ours!
As for success, I suppose that’s all in how you measure it. There are many people who have achieved dramatic financial success but remain unhappy, and there are many people who have very little and are consistently joyful! Oftentimes, the difference comes in choosing how we are going to view our lives, and thankfulness is one of the only things we can truly control.
To help keep our focus on choosing to have thankful hearts throughout the year, I have decided to create a Thankfulness Jar! Each week, we will sit down as a family and write down what we are most thankful for in that moment, and put the note in our jar. I know that some days we will feel like there isn’t anything to be particularly thankful for, and that is really the point! Since thankfulness is a choice, we are going to have opportunities to turn our minds toward what we have to be thankful for instead of focusing on the things that aren’t going as we wish they would.
By November, my desire is that we will each have minds that have been retrained to be instruments of appreciation instead of expectation. By (America’s) Thanksgiving Day, our jar will be full, and each day from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, we will take out one of our notes and reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for!
For this project, you will need:
A large, glass jar
Tape or glue
Small pieces of paper for your thankfulness notes
This one is pretty easy, as craft projects go! All you need to do is print out the printable, cut it out, and adhere it to your jar! The real challenge is to set aside a specific time each week to write down what you’re thankful for and to fill up your jar week by week! 🙂
I am inviting you to take this journey with us; let’s stay the course and renew our minds in 2018! I am thankful for you, and invite you to share in this “thankfulness challenge” on the Celebrating With The Bug Facebook page, too; it would be so encouraging to hear about the things you’re thankful for throughout the year, and it will help me to stay on track, too!
Merry Christmas, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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