I’m a true believer that happiness is finding joy in the little things in life.
That’s because you’ll have hundreds of small happy moments in one year, but only a handful of large happy moments.
When my husband cuddles with me before we go to bed, I’m happy. When I read to my son, I’m happy. When my co-workers make me laugh, I’m happy. When I eat a delicious meal, I’m happy. When I spend time outdoors in warm weather, I’m happy.
Sometimes we miss these happy moments because we’re focused on the negative things. The stress of work or family drama can overshadow the blessings in our lives.
A great way to start recognizing all of the happy moments in your life is to start a Happiness Jar. All you need is a jar or container, some scraps of paper, and a pen. Set the jar in a place that you will see it everyday.
Any time something makes you happy, write it down on a piece of paper with the date and drop it into the jar.
Each time you do it, good feelings will emerge. Be present in that moment and take time to savor those feelings. As you continue filling your Happiness Jar, you’ll find you become better at recognizing the happiness that sprinkles itself in the different areas of your life.
The Happiness Jar makes it easy to count your blessings. When you’re down or feeling like life really sucks, you can open your Happiness Jar and read a few slips of paper to realize your cup does indeed runneth over.
The Happiness Jar is a wonderful tradition to start New Year’s Day or in the month of January. Fill up your jar for 12 months and have fun reading and remembering all of your happy moments at the end of the year. You can even involve the entire family in filling up a Happiness Jar.
The Happiness Jar will leave you feeling more content and grateful—a priceless gift for yourself this year.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. – Psalm 23:5