Life is full of beautiful moments, but sometimes the joys we experience get lost in the day-to-day slog of living. Each of us has work we must do, bills we must pay, health concerns that need to be managed, and social obligations that keep us running. Quite simply, life has a way of wearing us down. Several members of my family struggle with anxiety and depression, so I’m going to share with you a simple mindfulness tool that we use to help us refocus and remember when we need it the most. Capture your beautiful moments by creating a happiness jar.
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My Mindful Moments
I discovered this mindfulness trick when I was reading A Book That Takes Time and immediately built one for myself. It’s quite clever, this little memory bank where you gather the intangible moments and write them down to cherish later. It doesn’t take ant special talent to make, and everyone can get a benefit from having one.
This jar is an expression of your joy, so take a little bit of time to figure out what you would like it to look like. I decided that my special moments needed a special place to be collected. As you can see from my photos, I didn’t go with the typical Mason jar for my little memory bank. I’m just not a Mason jar kinda gal, so I upscaled my choice to a blown glass bubble for a more nautical look. Get creative with your jar, and have the container show off your personal style.
Creating A Happiness Jar
Here’s how you can create you own happiness jar. First gather together the following supplies:
- A pen
- A jar or box (chose something you will keep where you see it)
- 2 dozen business card sized pieces of paper (the prettier the better)
- Assorted small keepsakes (concert tickets, hotel keys, shells, etc)
On each slip of paper, write down a beautiful moment that you want to cherish. It can be something big and dramatic, like the date met your partner, or something small like how soft it feels when you’re petting a bunny. The key here is to only write down things that are going to make you smile, and fill you with joy.
Once you’ve written down your first few moments, fold the papers in half and slip them into your jar. You can also fill your jar with small keepsakes that bring you joy, like a seashell you picked up off of the beach, or maybe the room key you kept from that great weekend getaway. When the beautiful moments jar (or box if that is what you chose) is about half full, find a place to sit it in your home or office where you will see it, and can touch it frequently. Set the pen and any unused papers next to your jar, so that you can add keep adding moments.
What you have once your jar has been created is a little memory bank full of hope, love, and joy. When you’re feeling blue, or upset; when you feel like the entire world is against you and nothing ever goes right; I want you to head to your beautiful moments jar and pull out a few pieces of paper.
Feel your way. Tactile stimuli is a fantastic addition to your jar. If you’re really upset and in tears you may not be able to read. However picking up a cool stone, or a soft piece of cloth can offer you comfort at the worst moments.
Niceness Ninja. Every now and then I slip a special message for a family member into their jar. Just a little remind for them to find at a later date that reminds them of how much they mean to me.
Some people use happiness jars as a way to track their year. Start your jar on New Year’s day and fill it with wonderful things throughout the year. Then, on the next New Year’s Eve empty your jar and remember all the lovely things that your year held.
Don’t forget to display your happiness jar where you can see it. Having it there as an active part of your world means that on a subconscious level you will be continuously reinforced with the knowledge that beautiful things happy to you.
Before I finish up I want to Marilyn for hosting this weeks Over The Moon Blog Party. What do you think you would add to a happiness jar? Leave a comment for me below and share the wonderful parts of your world. BTW … I really love A Book That Takes Time, you’ll be seeing more projects from it’s pages in the future. If you’re looking to slow down and add some joy to your life. I think you’d enjoy it too