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A Happiness Jar: Celebrate Every Smile

As you reflect upon the past year, you will likely have some significant positive events stick out in your mind — a promotion at your job, winning a big meet, getting married, etc. These are moments you will be hard pressed to forget, but what about all the small tender moments, the countless things that made you smile? These cheerful memories can be a little harder to remember.

Chances are there are hundreds that happen each year, and by keeping track of them we invite those feelings of happiness to last longer.

Each day try writing a few of these moments, date them and pop them in the jar. When you decide to review these moments is up to you. At the end of the year, monthly or when you’re just having a tough day.

What do you need:

  • A jar or a box
  • Scraps of paper
  • Pen

Taking the time to focus in on these small joys will not only increase your overall happiness, but will also help you appreciate the abundance of things that brighten each day. We all have days where we feel a bit stuck in a rut or in a cloudy headspace, so this jar is a perfect reminder for just how many wonderful things we experience on a daily basis!

These could be:

  • A cute puppy you saw on the way to work

  • Seeing someone dressed up and knowing they felt amazing

  • The first sip of coffee that felt extra invigorating

  • A compliment you received

  • Finding 5 dollars in your coat from the previous winter

No matter when you choose to review the bits of joy you’ve collected, recalling all the happy moments will be sure to create another one.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration on how to notice these smaller moments, or get started being more actively grateful for what the world has to offer each day read our blog post on The Greatness and Power of Gratitude.

What little things make you smile? Those are the ones we should all be seeking out!