When we get so bogged down with the daily to-do list, busy schedule and running from here to there, it is easy to just keep doing what we are doing without stopping to smell the roses. Ahhh, momentum. If we stop, we might not have the energy to get started again.
How many times have you told yourself not to sit down, because you know that will be it and you will be down for the night?
That is why we started our happiness jar.
There are precious moments in each and every day, and if we don’t stop to acknowledge them, they are gone. It is so easy to just continue on autopilot, but what is the point in living that way? We miss the special twinkles that make being a human so special. Otherwise, we are just robots.
We did a happiness jar a couple of years ago and it was wonderful. I kept it on the kitchen table the whole year and we would add to it whenever something made us happy.
Then, on New Year’s Eve, we opened up all the pieces of paper and read through them together.
It was a wonderful post-Christmas gift.
Now my boys are older and it seemed the right time time to get it going again.
All 3 of them can contribute to the jar and learn how to find the special, happy moments that are in (sometimes hidden) each and every day.
I have a large clear hurricane vase sitting on a console table that we all walk by several times a day.
I cut up several pieces of pretty colored construction paper and have them stacked up next to the jar, with a pen on top.
That way it is easy to add more happiness notes.
I love seeing my boys contribute.
The jar is filling up fast!
I look forward to reading all these on New Year’s Eve this year.
What a wonderful way to reflect on the past year while getting prepared for the next one.
Do you have a happiness jar? If not, can you?