So, we are almost five months into the year. January 1st, we set good intentions. By May 1st, they may have all been forgotten.

The last couple weeks have found me faltering on my path. Some personal challenges have created more emotionality than usual. We all have those times of feeling down and just not quite ourselves.
How do we right ourselves? One of the quickest, most grounding ways for me is to practice gratitude. Thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame, I began a gratitude/happiness jar January 1st. I try, every day, to write down one thing that I was thankful for or a special moment that made me happy, fold it into a small scrap, and add it to my jar.

This has been a most meaningful practice for me to remember the every day beauties we have, be they small or large. If you have a jar, tell me how this practice has helped you. If not, why not start one now!

Or, at the end of the day, before sleep, call to mind that one thing from your day that brought you joy, made you smile, and lightened your heart.


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