A little while ago, I posted about how to make a happy jar and why it’s a good thing to do. I wanted to come back to this for two reasons. Firstly, it has been one of the most popular posts I’ve written. People read it every day. That’s because the idea is a great one (although I cannot claim it as my own!). Maybe you love the thought of it but need some happy jar ideas? I'm your girl.
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Most importantly, I opened the positivity jar I filled last year. I did it yesterday, in fact. Every single scrap of paper I unfolded filled me with joy. You see, I thought I had a pretty crappy year. But as it turns out, it was great! I smiled a lot. I learned a lot. And I grew a lot. I didn’t realise until I opened the jar.
Sometimes, if we look at a whole month or year, it can feel a bit rubbish.
Why? Because we are naturally inclined to focus on the negatives. But if we write all the small, positive, things down, we’ll see that we have much more to smile about than we thought.
In the other post, I included a few things you could put in your jar. But, this time, I wanted to inspire you with a longer and more detailed list of happy jar ideas for things you could include! I love this idea so much. At the end of the year you get to open your beautiful jar filled with notes. Not just any notes! Gloriously positive notes.
By the way some people call it a positivity jar, some a happy jar, some a happiness jar, or a positive thoughts jar. It doesn't matter what you call it. Let's look at some happy jar ideas! Get ready to be inspired to create a jar of happy thoughts!
25 Awesome Happy Jar Ideas You Can Use Every Day
01 happy jar quotes:
It is easy to stumble across positive and inspiring quotes. You might even already have favourite quotes that swim around your head every now and again. Writing down any quotes that inspire, or motivate, you will help them sink in. You can also think of them as lining your positivity jar with inspiration. This is one of my favourite happy jar ideas.
02 Books you’ve read:
Jotting down all the books you’ve read throughout the year. This will help remind you of all the wonderful journeys you’ve been on. You might even remind yourself of books you might like to read again.
03 Happy moments:
No matter who you are or what you do, you’ll have moments in your life that make you happy, joyful, giddy, or full of love. These are moments to treasure. One of the more perfect happy jar ideas, surely?
04 Proud moments:
Here's an important happiness jar idea: feel proud of yourself. I know you have a lot to be proud of. Write down everything that makes you feel proud: Even if it’s only something small. And if you feel like it is too silly to include, I promise that it isn’t!
05 Goals achieved:
Write down all the things you accomplish each day. It doesn’t matter whether these goals are big or small. They are all worthy of inclusion in your positivity jar. Even if you’re celebrating one of those rare days that you’ve ticked everything off your to-do list. Rejoice!
Often have ideas that fill you with excitement? Write them down and put them in your positivity jar. But make sure you note them down somewhere else, too. This way you can work on all your amazing idea, as well as write them down.
In my 2018 positivity jar, I include a scrap of paper with my biggest goal written on it. I'm not doing this once. Oh no, no, no. I'm writing this down every single day because that way my brain is more likely to help me find a way to achieve it. Of course, I am also writing other goals and dreams, too. Write down your goals: make them real!
08 Things you love:
We're always finding new things we love. That chocolate bar you could eat every day, or the Thai food you had for lunch. Or even a soft old blanket that you still can't stop stroking. You feel positive about these things, right? So, definitely a perfect happy jar idea, right?
You could even create a a jar full of love notes - just a thought!
09 New music discovery:
Heard a new song that makes you want to dance? Perhaps you’ve heard some lyrics that mean something to you, or the music motivates you. Write it down - along with why it is important to you - and pop it in that jar.
10 Things you’re grateful for:
Showing gratitude for the things we have can be beneficial. I recommend writing down at least one thing you’re thankful for.
11 Positive affirmations:
If you come across a positive affirmation that you feel you need to live by, memorise it and put it in your positivity jar. You can even make up your own. I often simply write down “I believe”.
12 Things that made you smile:
Anything. If something makes you laugh or smile, it is worth recording.
13 Things to remember next year:
Do you want to remind yourself not to make resolutions because everyone else is? Or do you want to tell yourself to remember not to make “Blue Monday" a thing? A pancake recipe for Shrove Tuesday? Whatever it is, include it! This is another of my favourite happy jar ideas!
14 Beautiful things you’ve seen:
I’m sure we’ve all seen beautiful things that we are adamant we’ll commit to memory. But, alas, they float away. Write down all the beautiful things. Or, even better, include a photo.
15 Movies you’ve watched:
Just like books, you could include great films that you’ve loved throughout the year. You might like to watch them again in the future.
16 Words of wisdom:
Has someone given you some awesome advice? Or have you listened to a particularly inspirational speech or podcast? Include it in the jar so you can keep it in mind next year, too.
17 People you’ve met:
Everyone has a story and, occasionally they tell it without words. Keep a note of the people you meet. You might find they are more inspirational than you first thought.
18 Habits you’re working on:
Whether you’re trying to build or break a habit, record how well you’re doing. Do this for two reasons. 1) it’ll remind your future self that you CAN do it. 2) The more you write it down, the more you’ll be motivated to keep going.
19 Fears you’ve conquered:
We all have fears. Some are big; some are small. And some are easy to conquer, some are not. But they can all be conquered. Whenever you do something that scared you, get it written down. It is important to recognise these achievements and say, “check out what I did!"
Each and everyday brings new stories. Make a note of any positive stories that stand out and include them in your positivity jar. They will make glorious reading next year.
21 Something you treated yourself to:
The other day, I treated myself to a pile of books. This kind of thing makes me so happy that I wrote it down for my positivity jar immediately.
22 A fantastic meal:
Whether you nailed a tasty recipe or went for a wonderful meal (doubles up as something to show gratitude for).
23 A fun trip:
Have you been on a family day trip to the beach? Or been shopping with friends? Unless it was a total disaster, the tales and memories deserve a place in your jar.
24 Compliments received:
People don’t tend to be very good at accepting compliments. But if we can learn to accept them, they can make us feel awesome. Maybe they won’t sink in straight away, but take a note and let their love spread in your positivity jar. This happy jar idea can boost confidence, too.
25 Starting or finishing a course/learning something:
If you’re anything like me, the list of courses you’re taking, or things you want to learn, will be endless. Celebrate things like gaining knowledge, or taking the step towards learning, Wherever possible.
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