A gratitude jar, also known as a happiness jar, is a fun way to exercise gratitude in a visual way. You can create a gratitude jar for yourself, or create one to be used amongst family, friends, or even co-workers.
My family practices something similar every night at dinner. Before anyone can get up to leave, we go around the table and each person shares their ‘grace of the day.’ In our family, a ‘grace of the day’ is any moment from the day they’re grateful for. Yesterday my son’s ‘grace of the day’ was that there were only 4 days left of school this year. Mine was that I finally blew up my paddle board and took it out on the ocean after talking about it for a year. My husband had a rough day. He’d been looking forward to attending a rally race for months and ended up missing it due to problems with his car. His ‘grace of the day’ was that the sun out that day after a week of fog. One thing we’ve learned over years of doing this exercise, no matter how uneventful or how bad the day is, there’s always something you can find to be grateful for.
A gratitude jar works well for both individuals as well as a groups. Create one for yourself and keep it in a private place, like on your desk or in your bedroom. Create one for your family and have all family members and visiting friends contribute. Create one for your workplace and encourage all co-workers and even clients or customers to add to it.
With a gratitude jar, in addition to written notes, you can also add physical objects. You can add a photo, a ticket stub, or even a sea shell to your gratitude jar. The only limitation is that is must fit in the jar. A gratitude journal is limited to what you can add to the page.