Introducing My Gratitude Jar

Introducing My Gratitude Jar

I came across this image on Social Media (see top right) while attending FinCon16 in SanDiego this past September. I mentioned it to my roommate and long-time friend Michelle and we had a good discussion at that time about the power of having a Gratitude (aka "Happiness") Jar, including her sharing with me her personal experience with the daily exercise.

That discussion stayed with me and, upon my return to Winnipeg, I went on the hunt for my very own Gratitude Jar (see bottom right). Unfortunately, my interest quickly faded and I did not maintain the activity past the first few weeks.

It was a talk I gave at a Christmas party in mid-December that reawakened my interest in it.

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Making Change Stick

Making Change Stick

Last month, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by a local radio station. The topic? How to successfully start, and stick to, an exercise program—a popular pursuit at the start of any new calendar year. My main message? Start small and do what feels enjoyable to you. Something sustainable. And if you’re still not sure, seek the advice of a professional who can help point you in the right direction based on your personal needs and preferences.

I felt pretty good about the interview and fortunate that I’d recently read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. (Phew. Talk about timing!) I might not be writing much about the power of exercise here on Free to Pursue, but what I can offer is that the same principles that lead one to become a lifetime exerciser also apply when changing any other habit, including money habits—a category near and dear to my heart.

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