Our Little Happiness Jar…

The Happiness Jar - without tagTimes are tight and tough right now for Rory and me. So, I thought I would do something to remind us that we are still blessed in many ways. There are still things for which we can be happy.

We have long had the tradition of a Christmas Blessings Box. This decorated box sits below our Christmas Tree with Christmassy paper and pens next to it for everyone to write random blessings and place them in the box. We do our big celebrating and gift opening on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas morning (after the excitement of stockings), we settle in next to the tree and read the notes in the Christmas Blessings Box.

I thought it would be a nice idea to turn this long-time holiday tradition into an everyday opportunity. I knew I had seen something on the internet regarding a Happiness Jar and it had reminded me of our Christmas box. I did a search and found lots of photos and even the originator of the idea. Read about Elizabeth Gilbert and her Happiness Jar, here.

Remembering that I had found an old mason jar when cleaning off the shelf over the dryer, I went to find where I had stored it. I grabbed my prize and went to scrub it clean. It had bits of old labeling stuck to it. Have you any idea how to get off those pesky bits? It’s really very simple…vegetable oil! I ran the jar under hot water to heat the leftover labeling and then scrubbed the jar with vegetable oil. The old labeling came easily off the glass.

Now, I had a sparkling jar to decorate. I tied a beautiful floral print bow around it and designed a printable (watch for this Printable DIY as a post soon).

I liked the idea of using a clear Mason jar for my Happiness Jar because you can see the blessings piling up inside. I figure that once a month Rory and I will sit down together and read these happy notes. Long live the Happiness Jar!

Do you have any similar traditions or ideas?

UPDATE: Our Little Happiness Jar Is Full

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46 thoughts on “Our Little Happiness Jar…”

  1. I love it! I offer free classes on nutrition and we are always looking for new ways to inspire our peeps. We will be using this idea for sure!!! Thank you for sharing. P.S. Love the pic too!

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, Lianda. I am definitely looking forward to the opportunities to share this jar with my daughter, Rory. I’m sure it will open many a conversation…

  2. We don’t have a jar but I love this idea. We have so much to be thankful for. I think I’m going to start that tradition with my kids. We only do something similar at Thanksgiving but we have so much to be thankful for all year round. Thanks for sharing.

    1. There is nothing like teaching kids to be grateful! I think children with gratitude are healthier and happier, and it sure helps to keep the horrid trait of entitlement at bay. Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  3. I don’t have anything like this but I love it! The idea of keeping positive things held out in front of us is such a wonderful way to stay positive and grateful (both things that will have such amazing impacts on our happiness.
    ~Heather @ ExaltedPeacock.com

  4. Loving your blog Lorelai …. like you I am still on a learning curve in actual fact I think you are way ahead of me lol Have an awesome wknd!

  5. Lorelai, I love this idea! So many people are having a tough time now and need to be reminded there is beauty in the world anyway. Happiness is a choice. <3

  6. I wonder if you didn’t give me this idea, Lorelai?! We have a “Thankfuls” jar that we put happy things in all year long, and then read them all on New Year’s Eve to remember the good things about the year! We shared that tradition with about 25 people last New Year’s Eve and gave them all their own “thankfuls” jar! Thanks for coming over and linking up at the #HomeMatters Linky Party! We’d love to see you again this coming Wednesday!

  7. We have a gratitude tree as a Thanksgiving decoration. We write things that we are grateful for on leaves and hang them on the tree.
    A jar is a better idea though, because you can keep it and re-read what you’ve written on a “down” day.

  8. Such a great idea to write it down. Great reminder of the happiness that we all enjoy in our daily lives! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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