I’m a big fan of feeling better and making speedy comebacks that don’t sidestep the lessons. Yes, I want to feel better but I also don’t want to ignore what I could learn from not feeling good—this is what my happiness jar helps me with. This year, I’m switching up what’s inside my jar-o’-gems, including positive poetry, purposeful prompts, and pick-me-ups that carry me from stress to joy while encouraging me to honor every step of the process.
“Energy is the currency of the universe. When you ‘pay’ attention to something, you buy that experience.” — Emily Maroutian
Since I really enjoyed having my happiness jar around the house this past year, I’m going to continue the practice into this coming year.
Basically, a happiness jar is a vessel filled with handwritten notes meant to inspire. The notes could include messages from yourself, your loved ones, favorite poets or writers, or anyone else who has something wise to offer. The idea is to use this jar as a resource around the home or office, and you can use it a couple different ways (and I wrote more about this here).
You can drop a note in when something positive happens, filling your jar with meaningful memories and gratitude, and pull from the jar when you need some light. Some people like to dump out their jar at the end of the year and sift through all the nice moments from the past 12 months. Personally, I like to drop in a bunch of notes at a time (like I’m doing now in preparation for the new year) so I can pull from the jar whenever I’m in need of a little lift. I still add notes here and there, so it ends up being a mixture of things.
I’m excited to replenish my happiness jar with newfound wisdom, thoughtful prompts to invoke a change of heart, positive poetry, affirmations, and some favorite quotations. I’ve experienced a lot of growth this past year, so I’d like to share with you just a handful of the messages that’ll be making their way into my happiness jar for 2018. I hope you’re inspired to live life to the fullest this year, because if not now, then when?
That’s what my happiness jar is all about, really: living a life that feels true to who I know myself to be. Living authentically feels good because it means I’m aligned with my deepest truth and my highest potential, and there’s no reason not to believe in what I can do and who I can be when I feel that way. That’s what your happiness jar can be for you, too; if anything, it can just be a source of daily inspiration, gratitude, joy, and hope, which is just as important as anything else.
To inspire your next contribution (to yourself, to the world, to the life you want to live) here are 30 sample nuggets of wisdom that have filled my happiness jar already… with much more to come.
My Happiness Jar Is Full of Light for 2018
Prompts (to help me think about how I can live the way I want to live)
- What would Love do?
- Everything speaks if you listen. (Listen.)
- Are you affirming what you want?
- Ponder the blessings that await you…
- How do you want to feel?
- What might peace look like, sound like, and feel like today?
- You can think of two moments you’re grateful for.
- What can you give today?
- You are permitted to dream beautiful things.
- How can you role model the energy you wish the world had?
Poetry + Quotes (some I’ve penned, some from others—short is good)
- The world spins so you don’t have to.
- “The best you can do is forgive.” — Traveling Wilburys
- Such simple things say, “Beauty is right here.” (from this poem)
- The light is eternally tangled up in darkness. What if space is meant for both? (from this poem)
- “Still, I rise.” — Maya Angelou
- “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” — Charles Bukowski
- The deeper I am, the deeper I Am. (from this poem)
- “The cure for pain is in the pain.” — Rumi
- Everything you love is only a heartbeat away. Every day is just one day.
- “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” —Annie Dillard
Pick-Me-Ups (because I need a hearty dose of light most days)
- You are getting closer to who you’ve always been.
- You’re a light; don’t be afraid to be who you are.
- It is well, even when it’s not.
- You have the courage to let the illusions unravel.
- You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.
- You are already contributing to the world by how you live.
- Try to wish for what you have, already, inside.
- You have come so far.
- The mystery is half the fun of it.
- Rise above your doubt, my friend: You’re so much bigger than that.
Want to start your own happiness jar? You can find inspiration right on this website! Go here for poetry I’ve written, go here for quotes, sift through your favorite affirmations, or join me on Facebook or Instagram where I share daily musings.
If I were to ask you one thing you’d put in your happiness jar (even if you’re not going to be making one), what would it be?
Please share your favorite messages (so far!) from my happiness jar, or your own, with me in the comments. If you have any notes you think would be perfect for a happiness jar (grateful moments, positive experiences, things you like about yourself, poetic wisdom, sage advice, hopeful reminders) I’d love to read them!
Know someone who loves all things inspiration and motivation? Share what’s in my happiness jar to inspire their next positive contribution.
I wonder what the world would be like if more of us made a point of being inspired every day…