Mindful moment… Feeling thankful? Bank it!
Gratitude has been the new black in self-help and mindfulness circles for a while now. There are gratitude journals, gratitude meditations and even the old-fashioned thank-you card is coming back into fashion. But at Christmas I was introduced to a novel approach to gratitude - in the form of a jam jar and a pile of Post-Its.
My friend gave me this unlikely duo as a present, explaining that at the end of every day I had to write one thing I was grateful for on the paper, and put it into the jar.
The idea is that focussing on something you are thankful for is a great way to end the day and also at the end of the year, I'll have a jar packed full of reminders of lovely things that happened to me in 2018. It's a nice idea, isn't it?
She has done it for the last two years and says it has trained her gratitude muscle, that through sheer repetition she has taught herself how to look out for the joyful moments in each day.
Even if that's the satisfaction of making a lovely bolognaise or the joy of a great chat on the phone with friends, she's also realised that it's the small things that make life good and we notice that once we start to pay more attention to them.
* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net