Happy Jar

It’s a little late into the month of January but I thought I would share my take on something you may have seen floating around the Pinnersphere these days, “The Happy Jar.” My mother deserves the credit for this find, and after her heavy persuasion, I’ve decided to try one of our own. Here’s how it works…
Upon the start of a new year, write positive things that happen to you each day, every day for the entire year. A few occasions may include:
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • Major or Small Accomplishments
  • The Beauty of Nature
  • Small Moments you May Forget
  • Little Blessings
  • Funny Occurrences
  • Good Hair Day
  • A Nostalgic Oldie But Goodie on the Radio
  • Puppies
…you get the gist. Upon December 31st, open the jar and read all the incredible big achievements and special little moments that you shared throughout 2014.
You’ll need a box, pile, or jar of small slips of paper handy. Personally, I can’t help but swoop up just about anything pretty and paper in the clearance section of anywhere, as I’m sure many of you other artists, designers, and teachers can relate. The above are from a K&Company Smash Pad (Target $2). Below, I cut strips of left-over watercolor washes from my evening illustration course. Of course, white torn strips will do but I find that bright pigments, various textures, and fun graphics will add to your own little personal narrative of your daily life.
I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too. Off hand, everyday seems a bit lofty. You’re saying to yourself, “Sure great things happen each day but how will I ever remember the smaller moments without looking like Guy Pearce in Momento?” And the answer is easy. I like to quickly log them in my phone or jot them in the corner of a notebook (a typical work accessory of mine). This jar is much like one of my (and all of your) favorite social media tools, Instagram. This concept helps you slow down and appreciate the smaller things in life. It forces you to sift through the ordinary and stressful and find the extraordinary and blissful. Life is a mess, constantly serving up the unexpected. Embrace it, bottle it up, and take a trip back on a future day.


  • January 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm // Reply

    This is a wonderful idea! It’s not only a great way to remember but with all the colourful paper, it makes for a little art piece too :)

    • January 23, 2014 at 11:58 pm // Reply

      What a sweet spin Afua, I never thought about revisiting the mementos before the year is through. I’ll have to remember that! :)

  • February 2, 2014 at 4:20 am // Reply

    Thanks so much Ellie and Kate! :)

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