I started my first Happy Jar last year, in January 2017, and I found the inspiration for it on Instagram. Each Sunday of 2017 I took a minute to reflect about my week, what has happened during that week, and what made me happy during those 7 days -- this way a new happy note would go into my Happy Jar.
|The jar is an actual glass jar that I repurposed from my grocery shopping, and I gave it some flare by decorating it a little bit|
To tell you the whole truth, 2017 has not been an easy year for me, because troubles have made their way into paradise. One weekend sometime last August I felt particularly down, and I took out my Happy Jar for a cheer up. I read all the happy notes that I had written that far, must have been about 40 of them at that point in time in August. I put them in their order 1 to 40, and I read all of them. It did help, and it did give me a positive boost. And that low Sunday morning, once I remembered the happy moments that happened to me this year, I realized that I'm better off if I appreciate the good things happening in my life, rather than letting myself overwhelmed by troubles in paradise, no matter how challenging they might be. I did the same thinking this January when I read all 52 of them -- even though 2017 has been a difficult year for me, positive journaling and my Happy Jar have helped me keep my spirits up. I read my 52 happy notes and I realized that a lot of amazing things happened to me this past year, not only challenges; and when I look back at 2017, I want to see and remember the happy moments that I have had, not the troubles in paradise.
Once I read my Happy Jar, I tucked it away in my home library where I keep my other old journals (because it is a journal in itself, even though it's documented in a glass jar and not in a notebook), and I started my new Happy Jar for 2018. Next December (or maybe next January 😊) I will do the same -- I will open my Happy Jar and I will see what an amazing, fabulous and happy 2018 year I have had.
|I used another similar glass jar which I repurposed from my grocery shopping, and I decorated it just a little bit.|
|My both Happy Jars -- 2017 full of happiness and now tucked away; and 2018 with just a few happy notes in it so far, and lots of room for a lot of happiness until the end of the year|