The Happy Jar is in its third year in my house, and has quickly become one of my favourite New Year traditions. I forget which fabulous blogger gave me the idea in 2012, or whether it was many bloggers, but it’s a brilliant one.
The concept is so simple. Each time something makes you happy, write it down on a slip of paper and pop it in the Happy Jar. You can also include ephemera such as tickets or notes from friends, dried flowers from a lovely walk or the recipe for the cake you enjoyed on your birthday.
At the end of the year you get to empty out the jar (I keep dried lavender in mine so it always smells nice, too!) and reminisce over all those happy moments. If you’re anything like me you will have forgotten most of them, or exactly which month they occurred.
2013 was a really hard year for me, and not one I would have consigned to the personal history book as my happiest at all. But it’s funny how so far, that was the year my Happy Jar was most full. Perhaps adversity made me appreciate those small moments and kindnesses more, and look harder for the happy times.
Do you keep a Happy Jar? Now’s the time to start!