Three Ideas for Cultivating and Sharing Gratitude

Memory Banks, Gratitude Journals, & Accountability Partners

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. – Laura Ingalls Wilder

This New Year, rather than making a resolution to change something, why not make a commitment to find a deeper appreciation for small moments and shared time with friends and family? Create a memory bank and throughout the year, write little notes of appreciation and deposit them for opening up next year on New Year’s Day! Notes could include three things you’re grateful for from the day, a joy-filled event, a small moment of appreciation, a thank you note to someone … the ideas are endless! Next year when you open up your memory bank and read what you deposited throughout the year, you’ll be hooked on a new tradition!

Another option for those less crafty folks or wanting more guidance is a gratitude journal like Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52 Week Guide To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude. With daily quotes and prompts, journals like this one can help facilitate a practice for finding appreciation for the big and little things your experience every day!

Accountability partners are good too. Gather a few friends and commit to sharing with one another three things you’re grateful for every day (or week if you want to begin with a less ambitious plan). Email your list to one another, post it to a private online group, write it down and tack it to a bulletin board in a shared space… whatever works for your group of friends (or even coworkers!) for sharing and checking in with one another on a regular basis.

1 Comment

  1. JanBeek said,

    March 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I received “Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52 Week Guide To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude” in the mail from my daughter last week. It is just in time, because I only have a few pages left in the Thankfulness Journal that I have been using for the past six months or so. You are so right: “finding appreciation for the big and little things your experience every day” is a wonderful way to brighten your life. It helps you focus on the positive in a world where negativity abounds! I highly recommend this daily practice! <3

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