Little Jar of Happiness

Despite some pre-occupations throughout the year I managed to feed my Happiness Jar with at least one happy thought each day :-)

What is a Happiness Jar? The simplest thing in the world. You get yourself a jar (or a box, or a vessel of any kind) and every day, at the end of the day, you grab a slip of paper and write down on it the happiest moment of the day.

Even on lousy days, you do this. Because even on lousy days, there is one best moment (or at least, one least-worst moment.)

You stick that little piece of paper in the jar.

Over the years, you have a record of your happiness.

On bad days, I will thrust my fist in that jar and go fishing — pulling up a handful of great moments that I would have utterly forgotten, had I not documented them.

Above is a photo of my Happiness Jar full of 2018 thoughts waiting to be emptied. Alongside are slips of paper with my first Happiness Thoughts of 2019. Like last year I am using a tear off calendar to remind me to record my thoughts.

After taking the above photo I emptied the jar and refilled it with my first thoughts from 2019. Below I share one of my Happiness Thoughts from each month of 2018:

  • Staying at home in the warm because there was no need to go out in the snowy rainy weather :-)
  • Spending time with my nephew at Cosford Museum
  • The clocks have gone forward and the sun decided to shine in honour of the occasion
  • The Sunday Morning Easter Service at York Minster
  • A spontaneous drive in the sunshine with Mr C led us to exquisite lemon and elderflower cake in Ironbridge
  • Watching a baby wagtail on my garden path. He was reluctant to fly and was there for several hours whilst his parents fed him from time to time
  • Driving Mr C to a secret location (Shropshire Lavender) for lunch followed by a visit to Boscobel House – A perfect afternoon
  • The current phase of house decoration is complete. Once again I am home alone. Just waiting for carpets to be fitted
  • Being able to lunch outside at Chain Bridge Honey Farm in late September
  • A lovely drive in the sunshine followed by a walk around the walled garden at Attingham Park
  • Mum cooking dinner (for Mr C & I) for the first time in her new bungalow. Brisket and especially yummy roast potatoes
  • A day out to Chirk Castle, then Powis Castle. Both decked out for Christmas

18 Comments CherryPie on Jan 5th 2019

18 Responses to “A Jar Full of Happy Thoughts from 2018”

  1. Did you paint those pictures. A jar of happy thoughts now the world would be a better place if we all had one.
    Coffee is on

  2. Anne Arnott says:

    Hello. This is a fab idea.. Well done you for doing it.. Loving the picture too.. I think you are the only person I know who has done one.. Happy New year xx

  3. Ayush says:

    what a terrific idea! and thank you for sharing your notes with us – i can tell that this initiative worked.

  4. That is just such a wonderful idea – I know my daughter did something similar one year. You have had some lovely happy thoughts and days this year. I might well try and do something like this myself – just need to find a suitable jar :)

  5. lisl says:

    This is a really good idea, Cherie. I do something similar – record the highlight of each walk I do

  6. Alan says:

    I’ve not heard of a happiness jar before but its a lovely idea. Perhaps when things aren’t going too well, it’s good to remind ourselves of happier times.

    • CherryPie says:

      That is the point of the jar. The times when I struggle to add a thought is when the day has been rather ordinary with nothing particularly notable (either good or bad).

  7. The Yum List says:

    I love your happiness jar! I think I should do the same this year!

  8. This jar is too small now.
    You need a bigger jar this year!

  9. Lovely idea. I would try it but I know that after about 3 days I would forget to do it!