by: kiara, art host
Gratitude has been proven to boost happiness and mental health. With the holidays just around the corner, we’d like to suggest some ways to practice gratitude daily and with loved ones.
With Thanksgiving a few days away, we’d like to suggest a Gratitude Circle that can be done with a group of friends (Friendsgiving) or with family (Thanksgiving).
Questions for Thought or Discussion:
Write these questions on a pieces of paper, fold them up and put them in a jar. Choose a time when you’re gathered with loved ones, pass the jar around and invite everyone to pick a piece of paper and answer the question.
- Am I taking anything for granted?
- What has surprised me lately?
- Who might I be wrong about?
- Am I living true to myself?
- What difficult situation made you grateful of its impact on your life?
- What am I grateful about right now? Why?
- Am I expressing gratitude for the people on my life?
- What can I promise myself I won’t take for granted moving forward?
- What act of kindness did I witness today?
- What 10 things am I grateful for in myself?
Feel free to add or change the questions to your liking.
One way to be grateful and experience gratitude all around is starting a gratitude journal. Imagine if you were to write something that you were grateful for everyday for a year. Now, how happy would you be to see all of these things at once in your gratitude journal at the end of the year?
We tend to forget all the great things that we’ve experienced throughout our life, but with a Gratitude Journal, you could keep a record of all these “good feel” feelings.
Below is a picture of a bullet styled Gratitude Journal.
For those of you who would prefer to put their gratitude notes in a jar and visually watch your gratitude grow, the Gratitude Jar is for you. Place gratitude notes into your jar and watch how it fills up. On those down days when you can’t find a reason to be grateful, pick from your jar & remember all of the things you’ve been grateful for.
***Make sure to decorate the outside of your jar for some hands on arts & crafts fun!
What cool ways do you express gratitude. Share them below!
“In a moment of gratefulness, you do not discriminate. You fully accept the whole of this given universe, as you are fully one with the whole.” -David Steindl-Rast