Gratitude Boards: The New Cutting Board.

gratitude boardsOprah isn’t the only one with her favorite things. When I find something that I love, I can’t wait to share it with you – and today I’m doing just that.

The other day, I was searching a local farmer’s market for some fresh microgreens when I came across a booth piled high with what looked like beautifully crafted cutting boards. But they weren’t cutting boards. They were gratitude boards.

I was already sold.

The woodworker who created them suffers from a chronic illness. Without his knowledge, his friends and family set up a blog to help raise money for his treatment. Overwhelmed with gratitude and emotion, the idea for gratitude boards was born.

He writes:

The “Gratitude Board” is a new simple design, one that embodies my gratitude for all that has been given to me and my family. I make each board by hand from “drops” or scraps of wood left over from other projects. As I make them, I am grateful for the gift of beauty from the trees that provide my raw material, I am grateful for my ability to work and create and I am grateful for the use that these boards will provide to others preparing meals for their families.

The experience of gratitude isn’t just good for the soul – it’s good for the body. When we express gratitude for our food and make our meals that much more sacred, it’s much easier to make smarter, wiser food choices. I am grateful for the fresh salad that I’ll make this afternoon. Not so much for a box of Twinkies. It’s a simple but transformative philosophy that helps support and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Now, each time that I use my cutting gratitude board, I’m reminded to give thanks for the food that I’m preparing, the people that it will feed and the nourishment that it will provide for my body.

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Comments

  1. Positive energy infused into the food that you eat, who wouldn’t want that?. People say you are what you eat, so why not eat something made with Gratitude and love. This is something the world sorely needs.

    Thanks for the Tip Davey! Time to go out and get one myself.

    • You’re welcome! And really, any cutting board can be transformed into a gratitude board. It’s really just a change in perspective. 🙂

  2. This is a great idea. Remembering to have gratitude is one of my big challenges. It is easy to get caught up in the culture of wanting more and more and forgetting that we have all that we need. thank you for the post.

  3. That’s awesome! Before I read the article, I was saying to myself that I really can’t do without my cutting board. I’ve always been thankful and grateful to the food I eat. I sometimes reflect on the life lost when I am cutting a chicken breast. I’m also thankful to the life lost when cutting up my tomatoes. Does that sound cheesy? I realize that lives are lost every time I eat and thankful to mother nature for the circle of life. I hope you understand what I’m saying.

  4. That is a great way of thinking!!!!! Does anyone know if they sell these boards online? I know that any cutting board can be changed to a gratitude board, but I would like to buy one and help the woodcutter by buying one of his.

  5. Steven Carlson says:

    Thank you for Posting your wonderful article on my friend Peter and yes you can get the GB on line at http://zuernermade.myshopify.com/collections/gratitude-boards and he is at the farmers Market in North Kingstown once a month .
    Davey, I saw you at the market as I was leaving for work ,I dont know if you remember me I am Jamieson’s Friend we met at our Basket Brigade 2012 .Thanks again for your heartfelt post… gratitude-boards are one of My favorite things for Sure!