Happiness Jar

Over the Christmas break I read an article about a happiness jar. Inspired by the tale, I decided to have my own happiness jar for 2017.

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Jar by Michelle Carl courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

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The idea is that you make a note on a slip of paper or a post it note of anything and everything that makes you happy as they occur to you. It can be as mundane as a warming cup of hot chocolate on a bitterly cold day or the big stuff like family. You only add to the jar when you want to and there is no set limit on how many notes you put in or when you add them. It’s your jar of happiness and it is supposed to make you happy not stressed out. If it becomes another thing on your to do list then that would make it the unhappiness jar after all and who would want one of those?!

What you record is entirely up to you – I have noted down some memories as they came back to me, people, pets, places, situations, food, drink. The list is as endless as the things that make you happy. Your jar will probably have lots of different things in it than mine does but some of the fundamental things we will all share.

I plan to keep the happiness jar going for the whole of 2017 and add to it whenever the feeling takes me. At the end of the year I will open the jar and see just what made me happy in 2017. It’s a lovely idea and an easy way to remind ourselves of how many things we have to be grateful for because it is all too easy to forget how lucky we are sometimes as we struggle with the daily grind.

Grateful
Grateful by Sharon Sinclair courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

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So why not join me? Give it a go and start your own happiness jar.

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Happiness by Moyan Brenn courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

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10 thoughts on “Happiness Jar

  1. deborahanndykeman 17/01/2017 / 4:48 pm

    What a great idea! And it gives the opportunity to concentrate on the ‘happy things’ in life rather than the not-so-happy stuff. Now if I can just remember to find a jar and do it!!! ;)Have a great 2017…much writing and success with it.

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    • ellieholmesauthor 21/01/2017 / 2:13 pm

      Same to you too! And do give the happiness jar a try – it really gives you a lift every
      time you add anything to it.

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  2. Gay Stepdad 22/01/2017 / 10:42 am

    Brilliant idea…. just need to find a fabulous looking jar!! Thanks for this

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    • ellieholmesauthor 22/01/2017 / 11:11 am

      Start making your notes before you find the jar and then when you have found one you’ll already be underway. Happy hunting! Ellie x

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      • Gay Stepdad 22/01/2017 / 12:09 pm

        Thanks I’m definitely doing this

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  3. Donna O 22/01/2017 / 11:15 am

    Really love this! A sort of diary but without the stress of committing to write every day. I also love the idea of reading it back at the end of the year. Now…to get myself a jar…..😊

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