One of my goals for myself in 2015 is to slow things down a bit. You know the old Ferris Bueller-ism about life moving pretty fast? Yeah, I want to take that to heart. Instead of being the girl waiting to check out at the grocery store refreshing my phone constantly, I want to stop and smell the roses, as they say. I also really want to focus on positivity this year. I want my attitude to be upbeat, and I want to surround myself with people who have the same mindset.
I found a cute, easy way to force myself to take a minute to appreciate the little things that make me happy every day, and I wanted to write about it here because it’s super easy to implement. I’ve dubbed it The Happiness Jar Project. I forget where I read about it or else I’d give credit to the source, but you can probably assume I saw it on Pinterest or Buzzfeed or something.
To create your own Happiness Jar, get an empty vase, mason jar, bowl, or anything that you think looks appealing. You also want it to be able to hold a significant amount of paper, because we’re assuming you’re going to have a LOT to be happy about. Set some Post-It notes or little pieces of paper nearby. Any time that you have a moment where something really great happens or where you’re feeling happy, write it down on the paper, crumble it up, and add it to the jar. When you’re having a blah day, you can unwrap a few of the notes for a quick mood boost. Plus, at the end of the year, you’ve got all of these notes to help you reflect on the fun, smaller memories that you may have forgotten about over the course of the past twelve months. Everyone remembers getting a new job, falling in love, etc., but it’s fun to remember smaller things too.
To make my Happiness Jar, I got an inexpensive vase from target (seriously, it cost $5) and put it in the entryway of my apartment on a little table that’s normally reserved for dumping keys and mail. Instead of letting little cheerful moments fly past me, I jot them down and drop them in. I’ll write down anything from having lunch with a new friend to taking a Sunday afternoon nap while it’s raining. Then when I’m having a day where I’m overtired, PMSing, or generally in need of a pick-me-up, I’ll unwrap a few and instantly feel a bit more perky. Plus, look how much cuter my table looks now! Way better than covering it in mail I still need to open, keys, grocery store receipts, and other nonsense.