Peanut Butter Happy Jar

by - 2:34 PM

Long ago, when I was still a newbie blogger and Teenage Blogger Central had only ten members, I read a post about a Happy Jar. I'd never heard of it Happy Jars before, but the idea of filling a jar with happy thoughts and memories had a certain appeal to me. At that moment I was not very happy with my place in life, a little like now, but in a way much worse. For a while I collected happy memories on scraps of paper, but after I graduated high school I just stopped, forgot about it, didn't have time for it anymore. I didn't need it, I didn't want to write my positive thoughts down, I had a thousand reasons to stop collecting happy moments.
These days I feel like I need a Happy Jar again. On top of the 100 Happy Days Challenge, I put the Happy Jar on my list of goals for 2016. I've always been more comfortable with words than with pictures, so I set out on a mission to capture the happiness of each day in words.

If you want to make a Happy Jar yourself, you only need three things: a pen, paper and of course a jar. A life is a helpful addition too, but I take it you have one. Use it well. Wait, where was I? Right, jars. Some people get themselves a fancy mason jar. Not me. I use a plastic peanut butter jar. A bit anti-climactic, but it's the inside that counts. Apart from that, the jar of peanut butter was a present my dad bought me for Christmas 2012. He has a peculiar taste in presents, but that peanut butter sure was delicious.
When I decided to start filling my Peanut Butter Happy Jar again about a week ago, it was still full of happy memories from 2013 and 2014. Okay, 'happy' might be a bit of a big word, since some of them are now bittersweet. Still I couldn't get rid of them. I put all the happy thoughts in an envelope, which I put in a box under my bed along with all my other high school souvenirs.

After putting the old memories away, I remembered yet another reason why I'd quit filling my Happy Jar. Three years ago I never had pieces of paper with me to write my happy memories on, so this time I prepared myself for the challenge: I've made a square piece of paper for each day of 2016. To keep track of things, I wrote the date on all of them. This is what 2016 looks like for me right now.

I keep the stack that'll soon be like a little 2016 booklet on my desk, where I can't lose them. I'm saying that with a lot of confidence right now, but don't be surprised if you see panicky tweets about how I lost my Happy Jar project halfway through March. I have a talent for losing things.

Behold, the Peanut Butter
Happy Jar!
Once I've written a happy thought or memory on each piece of paper, I put them in the good old peanut butter jar. It looks a bit empty now, but soon it'll be filled with happiness :)

Stay Awesome!

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6 Fellow Ramblers

  1. That's such a good idea!! I definitely think I might try it, although like you, I'm the kind of person who would lose them by just the end of January!!


    1. I know right :) I hope you try it! You don't have to write something every day, but losing it would be a real problem :')

  2. Such a wonderful idea! I love this. :)

    1. It's one of the most beautiful ideas the internet introduced me to, I think :)

  3. Imagine someone's surprise when they open that jar expecting to see peanut butter. :') Although it is transparent, unfortunately. This feels like a great idea for little things, it'll be cool to have little pieces of paper for little happy things and big pieces for big things. Hope 2016 gives you lots of things to write about!

    1. Hahaha, that would be so funny :P But like you said, it's transparent so I guess it won't happen...
      I hope the jar will be full of awesome things soon. I've decided to add quotes to the mix too :)


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