Helpful hint: Start a ‘Thankful Jar’ to promote gratitude
Give thanks in a new way on Turkey Day. Create a “Thankful Jar” now and invite friends and family to write what they’re grateful for this holiday season. Set out a mason jar or fishbowl with strips of paper. Add to it daily or weekly, and on Thanksgiving, read the thankful thoughts out loud. Try to guess who wrote each piece of gratitude. Keep the practice going year-round, too. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that practicing gratitude has a host of benefits, including:
- More optimism, joy and happiness
- Higher levels of positive emotions
- A stronger immune system and lower blood pressure
- Less feelings of isolation and loneliness
- Acting with more generosity and compassion.