Gratitude Jars Are Great! But I’m Going to Try This Instead.

Caitlin McColl
Dose Of Wonder
Published in
3 min readJun 9, 2024

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I love the idea of gratitude jars. I’ve done them before in the past. I did them for a few years, actually. Every Sunday, my husband and I would write down on post it notes something that we were grateful for that week and put it in a large tin, so that by the end of the year, the tin was almost overflowing!

And then during that strange, liminal time between Christmas and New Year when you don’t really know what to do with yourself besides overindulge, I’d dump the container of post it notes on the ground and we’d take turns picking up a note at random and reading it out loud to each other. It was a great way to look back on the year and things we’d gone through,,things we thought of, memories we had. But it was also sad at times too, when we’d write down things like being grateful that our dog who had cancer was still alive for another week etc (because we later lost her to it).

I still have those 3 years worth of gratitude jar notes, hidden away in a cupboard upstairs. I haven’t thrown them out. It seems like something to keep. Like a scrapbook sort of thing, or a diary or journal.

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Caitlin McColl
Dose Of Wonder

Writer on mental health, grief & loss, mindfulness, running, life musings (+ fiction and poetry!). ❤️coffee & dogs. Vancouver 🇨🇦