January 1st, start with an empty jar. Throughout the year, write down all the good things (big or small) that happened to you on a piece of paper. On December 31, 2016, open the jar and read about all the amazing things that happened to you in 2016. At times, we tend to forget about the small acts of kindness that caused our soul to smile. Often times, we're too busy complaining about all the things that are going wrong. It's important to take time out of your busy schedule to acknowledge and show gratitude for all of those good things.
By all means use this idea to gauge your gratitude meter, but don't stop there. If you're running a small business, start a jar for your employees. They will appreciate you taking out the time to recognize their achievements. Not an entrepreneur...no problem! You can still create a jar for the workplace. It may help you find appreciation for a job you weren't so sure about.
I went out and purchased the largest jar I could find at Hobby Lobby. I don't know about you, but I'm praying for a lot of good things.