Choose Your Own Jar: choose a large jar that you can stick the Gratitude Jar labels to.

Drop it in the Jar: write something you are grateful for on a piece of paper and drop it in the Gratitude Jar.  Keep it in a place where it is visible. For a boost of happiness dip your hand in the jar and reflect on something you are grateful for. To create brightness use coloured paper to write on.

By focusing on gratitude and the good things in life rather than what we don’t have creates what Shawn Achor calls ‘The Happiness Advantage’ in his book by the same name – we feel more optimistic and more centred, and our intelligence, creativity and energy rises. Through testing he found our brains are 31 per cent more productive when feeling positive than when our brain is feeling negative, neutral or stressed. These positive feelings also release dopamine, which not only makes us feel happy, it turns on all the learning centres in our brain.