Happiness Jar

I started a Happiness Jar recently.

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What’s a Happiness Jar, you ask?

It’s simple. At the end of each day, I grab a scrap of paper and write down one thing I experienced that day that made me feel good. It can be the smallest thing – like someone smiling at me at the grocery store – or a bigger whammy – like winning $10 on a scratch-and-save ticket.

Regardless, I’m building a cache of some of the positive daily bits and pieces of my life. What a simple way to refocus on the joyous moments before heading to bed at the end of each day!

I got the idea from Elizabeth Gilbert (she’s the real Eat, Pray, Love girl), who has been keeping a happiness jar for years. She has found this daily ritual to be especially therapeutic during tough times. Not only do you lift yourself – if only temporarily – out of the doldrums, but you have a ready stash of ‘happy bits’ to read through on darker days.

Wednesday it was my 47 ' birthday... and I offered me an Happiness Jar ...

What are you waiting for?

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