Friday, January 10, 2014

Happiness Jar 2014

I first read about Happiness Jars last month, while researching creativity. The idea is Elizabeth Gilbert's, and started as her own personal way to record, remember, and reflect on the happiest moments in each day. (Read about the genesis of Happiness Jars in her own words here.) As she says, there are no "rules" to a Happiness Jar, and the jar itself only serves as a vessel for holding happy moments we write down.

I was sold. I had to have my own Happiness/Happy/Happy Happy Joy Joy Jar for 2014. In 2013, I experimented with Alan Epstein's How to be Happy monthly lists, but I wanted something new for 2014.

Then I got sidetracked reading about all of the other cool things Elizabeth Gilbert thinks about creativity and writing and I forgot about finding a jar and scrap paper.

But I follow her on Facebook, so I kept seeing all the pictures she shares of other people's Happiness Jars, and kept thinking, "I've got to have an empty jar/bowl/beer stein around here somewhere." I was determined to "catch up" on recording happy moments from the year so far.

Finally, I cleaned my room. In between sliding my dresser one way and my bed the other, I came across what I think used to be a candle holder, now empty. I'm sure at one point I planned on storing pens inside, but I have plenty of cracked-but-still-have-sentimental-value mugs for those. A Happiness Jar it was. Is.

She's nothing much to look at, but soon she will be filled with happy.

It sits on my desk, waiting for goofs, successes, blessings, silver linings, and fond memories written on scraps of paper. At the end of this year (or on bleak days--looking at you, Feb/Mar), I'll read through them for even more happiness. It'll be interesting to see how my definition of "happy" changes throughout the year.

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THANKS: Jesus for dinner at Chipotle after a long & trying day of giant puddles, endless driving, and late starts.

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    1. And so simple! I think the dividends will be well worth it.

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  2. I could use some happiness in a jar...what a clever idea. Of course, Elizabeth Gilbert is full of clever ideas, lol.

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  3. I saw that too and wanted to start one. I still haven't yet...

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    1. The beauty of it is that you can start/stop whenever...like Elizabeth Gilbert says, no rules!

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  4. Love this idea. I'm afraid that no rules will mean that I won't do it. But I will try!

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    1. I think as long as we are more mindful of our positive moments, the "jar" has done its job.

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  5. What a fun idea--it will be so cool to look through in a couple of months.

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    1. Yes, I am looking forward to revisiting all my moments throughout the year!

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  6. I saw a friend on fb do that too--it's a great idea!

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    1. From all the pictures Elizabeth Gilbert posts, it seems to be a popular thing. So glad it's caught on.

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  7. Can't wait to see how full your jar is in the future.

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  8. Love the idea! Visiting from Yeah Write's moonshine. :-) Happy weekend!

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  9. Love the idea! Visiting from Yeah Write's moonshine. :-) Happy weekend!

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  10. This is awesome! I recently started doing something similar called "increasing your sense of mastery" wherein every day you acknowledge something that you accomplished that day and give yourself a literal pat on the back for it. It becomes quite useful when it feels like you're treading water and everything is stagnant.

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