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.

November: A Month of Generosity

Creating Sanctuary Through Shared Meals

November is a month of generosity, with gestures of abundance played out through our community landscape. Nature is generous, leaving our open fields and meadows with a plethora of grass and wildflower seeds feeding wildlife in the winter and delivering a promise to summer pollinators. The cultivated land is generous, delivering a cornucopia of locally grown food from the late harvest. People are generous, volunteering and spreading kindness during the holiday season. Family and friends are generous, sharing recipes and stories during holiday dinners. And the community is generous, creating a shared history together during annual community meals.

During this month there are at least two common threads that run through these gestures of generosity. The first of which is food! Integrating community engagement opportunities centered around food with curiosity and compassion can help to strengthen our connection to place by being fully present in the moment and open to those with whom we share our lives… and our meals!
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