Something new I started this year is My Happiness Jar. I got the idea from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, and Love.” At the beginning of the year, she posted a picture of her jar on her Facebook page. She explained how every day she writes down on a slip of paper the happiest moment of the previous day, and then she drops it in her Happiness Jar. During the year, she collects 365 happy moments, and then at the end of the year, she reviews them all. How cool is that?!!! Little moments that might go forgotten are recorded and then saved so you can cherish them again!
She suggests you find an appropriate “vessel” for your happy notes. I didn’t spend too much time looking. I went with a big jar I found at Tuesday Morning, much like the one she showed in her photo. I set it on my dresser in my bedroom as a visual reminder to add a note in each day.
I’m someone who often has a great idea but fails to see it through so the fact that it’s now January 26th and I’ve not missed one happy note is pretty darn amazing. I even remembered to write my daily notes while I was on vacation and I collected them in my suitcase until they made it home and into their jar! There are still many days to go but so far so good.
What I'm finding is that sometimes it’s very clear what moment stands out as the happiest – like checking off something from my bucket list! But other times I really have to think hard about what made me happy, especially when it’s a fairly routine day. I’ve found it’s helping me to cherish the little things in life – the moments you’d probably forget had you not done a quick reflection of your day.
For me, this is an easy exercise that takes less than 1 minute a day. And I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year next January than sitting down and reliving in my mind my happiest moments of 2015.
It’s not too late to start your Happiness Jar… You still have 339 days left! And when 2016 rolls around, your happy notes should help you to focus on the good parts of 2015 and not the bad... As a person who tries to always emphasize the positive, what a perfect way to end the year!!!