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How to Create a Positivity Jar and Why It’s An Awesome Habit

I decided to create a positivity jar today, after I had a fascinating meeting with my mentor the other day. He’s a NLP Practitioner. So, you could say he’s a bit of a guru.

It was a pretty long meeting in which we talked about all manner of things, including taking the time out to rethink and renew. We also compared notes on how easy it is to get bogged down in the negative aspects of daily life - even when there are more positives to consider.

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A positivity jar project is an amazing way to repurpose empty jars. It is the number one mason jar ideas diy. I adore using my positivy jar - for me it is a positive daily habit and is a different way of journaling. It doesn't just have to be a happy thoughts jar either. You can create a gratitude jar, inspiration jar, compliment jar, positivity jar, motivation jar, memory jar or good things jar

Let’s face it, most of us find it easier to focus on what we haven’t done or what’s gone wrong, opposed to what went well.  In fact, if you have 20 things on a to-do list with 15 items ticked off and 5 not touched, I wonder how likely you are to stew over the 5 items not moved. It sounds silly, but it really isn't our fault! ​

The human brain is naturally programmed to focus on negative aspects of life before recognising the positives. This doesn't mean it has to stay that way. Not at all. But it is the reason you may find yourself being down on yourself for not ticking off those last five tasks on your to-do lists. 

Why create a positivity jar?

A positivity jar project is an amazing way to repurpose empty jars. It is the number one mason jar ideas diy. I adore using my positivy jar - for me it is a positive daily habit and is a different way of journaling. It doesn't just have to be a happy thoughts jar either. You can create a gratitude jar, inspiration jar, compliment jar, positivity jar, motivation jar, memory jar or good things jar

It is possible to retrain (rewire) your brain to see the positives first. After all, 15 items ticked off is 15 reasons to give yourself a cheer, right? Right!

This is where a positivity jar comes into play and becomes highly beneficial in the strive towards a fresh new perspective on life. By simply noticing the small positives that occur each and every day, you send a message to your brain to tell it to take note! The more you do this, the more your brain will begin to see the positive side of any situation first. In fact, it will start to actively look for the positives.

For example, when you walk up in the morning and immediately say that it will be a great day, your brain will jump into action. It'll start working away in the background looking for reasons for it too be a great day.

In addition, if you write down your positive experiences, your brain will think it is happening again. As a result, you'll get to experience the feelings all over again! How awesome is that?

How to create a positivity jar

If you create a positivity jar you can celebrate ALL the good stuff in life - every single day - with just a few simple tools. This will be a significant help if you would like to rewire your brain to see positives before negatives.

What you need:

  • Openness to see the positives in every day.
  • A jar of any shape or size. If you plan on taking your positivity jar seriously, I recommend buying (or making) a jar that you love.
  • Some scraps of paper. You might like to get some beautiful paper esspecially for your jar. I use rainbow paper and I love it!

The point is to fill your jar with scraps of paper: simple, right? On a scrap of paper, you write anything positive that’s happened, you’ve done, heard, seen, or experienced. If you do this with an open mind and love for yourself, by the end of the year your jar should be crammed full of lovely little gems of happiness.

It might seem hard to start with because, often, when people try to think of positives, they desperately search for big sparkly things that have happened. The things you write down don’t need to be big nor sparkly.

Stuff that could be in your positivity jar:

A positivity jar project is an amazing way to repurpose empty jars. It is the number one mason jar ideas diy. I adore using my positivy jar - for me it is a positive daily habit and is a different way of journaling. It doesn't just have to be a happy thoughts jar either. You can create a gratitude jar, inspiration jar, compliment jar, positivity jar, motivation jar, memory jar or good things jar

The list really is endless. If you want more ideas for what to include in your positivity jar, check out this post!

The key is to make it an enjoyable process. It helps to get a jar that you like - I use this Kilner Jar - and use paper that you like. If you love beautiful paper, use beautiful paper. If you love rainbow colours, like me! Tip: Origami paper is perfect for this!

Try and put at least one note in the positivity jar a day. If you can do more than one a day, amazing!

At the end of the year. You get to crack open the positivity jar and start reading all the things you’ve noted down throughout the year. THAT will be awesome!!

Disclosure: If you purchase anything from links in this post or any other, I may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, I only ever mention products I love and would recommend whether I was being compensated or not.

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