January blues? Try the Happiness Jar

Here’s wishing that it is going to be a glorious year for us all on many different levels.

Hope you had a good holiday and are ready to get stuck into the new year.

I saw a really cool idea the other day and thought it was just too fabulous not to share.

It’s called a ‘Happiness Jar’ and is really very easy to make.

All you need…

• Jar, tin or a nicely washed out 2 litre plastic cooldrink bottle.

• Pile of paper.

• Pen, pencil or anything to write with.

You can re-use old envelopes, the back of till slips or simply tear or cut some A4 pieces of paper up into eight (or even 16) pieces and keep a pile handy next to your jar.

This is how it works… write down something that makes you happy each day and pop it into the jar.

It could be something simple like:

• Seeing a pretty flower or a cute furry creature.

• Time spent with a buddy or a nice chat to a friend on the phone.

• Maybe wearing some article of clothing that made you feel good or a place that you visited where you did fun stuff.

• It could be something that happened at school or work.

• Good grades, a kind word, praise, promotion – or a job well done.

• Or something you read that made you happy.

Anything and everything that puts a smile on your face or makes your heart sing… write it down and pop it in the jar.

At the end of the year (okay – if a year seems too long, try it for a week or a month) you take out all the notes and read them.

You’ll remember all the little things that made you happy (that you have probably long since forgotten) and realise that life really is pretty good.

Of course, don’t forget to make other people happy too.

Smile, be kind, pay things forward.

Do random deeds of kindness.

Be nice.

You never know when a simple thing like smiling at somebody or paying a compliment adds sunshine to a dark day.

Too often it is easier to moan, groan and complain about life around us and forget about all the little things that really do make life worth living.

Let’s start 2018 off by being happy.

Lots of love


Ginny Stone

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