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I'm a curmudgeon. I tried a gratitude jar to change my grumpy ways.

By Christina Wyman

22 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Do you sometimes struggle to see the glass as half full? The Washington Post looks at how practising gratitude can improve your mental health.

For the second year in a row, my husband and I agreed to participate in a gratitude challenge, where we'd deposit almost a year's worth of notes - our private thoughts - into a large glass Mason jar.

I had failed at the experiment the year before - it had grown cumbersome and forced, writing little notes about all that I was grateful for. It didn't bring me happiness, it mostly made me feel annoyed at having another thing I was supposed to do. It felt like toxic positivity.

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