Happy Jar – Keeping Joy In-tight

Happy Jar

I always say that time goes by too fast. Every. Single. Year. I no more keep a journal (No more time – one of the perks of being a mom), so at the end every fast moving year, I’m always stuck with wondering, “What happened this year?!?”

Of course, all the big memories are never forgotten, but it’s the little joys, the teensy things that tend to get forgotten. This Valentine’s, to start a new tradition of remembering the little joys all yearlong, I gave a Happy Jar to CD (my hubby dear) as a gift with some recorded cherished moments.

Materials Required:

Quart size Mason – you can find these at Michael’s craft store.

Paper – colored or white



  1. Every day, think of something that made you happy. It could be something that happened that very day, but it could really be anything. Be truthful to yourself; the simpler things that delighted you are often the happiest moments.
  2. Write it down on a piece of paper. I have just kept some pre-cut paper on the kitchen counter along with the jar to make the job easy. If you can’t find a piece of paper, write your note on your phone. Send a text message or e-mail to yourself and remember to transcribe it later, so you can put a physical note in the jar.
  3. Make deposits into the happy jar daily. The idea is somewhat to use it daily but life can get busy and events intervene, so if you miss days, don’t be fussed; just pick it up from where you left off.
  4. Read the messages when life gets tough. This is the most wonderful part of using a happy jar. When you feel that everything is getting to you and that there isn’t much happiness in your life, take out a few of the messages and read them through. These reminders of the happiness that has been in your life and will continue to be present in your life will serve as a source of morale boosting. Your past happiness will comfort you and give you hope that there is more to come. It will also remind you that happiness is found in moments along the journey and is not a single destination with any defined point or actions.

I am sure that this practice will help me to become more aware of those happy moments and find a space inside of me where the difficult feelings can co-exist with the more joyful feeling.



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