“Enjoy the little things, for one day you will look back and realise they were the big things.”
Gratitude is a powerful tool. When practiced habitually, it associated with enormous physical and psychological benefits, leading to stronger relationships, greater life satisfaction and increased levels of happiness.
In fact, gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day.
For the past few years, I’ve tried committing to a daily gratitude practice – to no success. While it seems to be working for many, personally, I struggled with the idea of listing a specific number of things every single day.
This is not to say that I have nothing to be grateful for – I just wasn’t enjoying it. Coming back home after the entire day spent writing, only to stare at a blank piece of paper all over again, made me feel even more tired and frustrated.
That is until I’ve learned about the Happiness Jar. A project inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert, it’s a simple way of reminding yourself and keeping track of all the good that has come your way, day after day.
How does it work? It doesn’t get any simpler, really.
Write down something that made you happy, put a date on it and toss it into the jar.
Et voilà, a special place to store happy memories – all those momentary gems of life that we would have immediately forgotten – sweet and small, random and unremarkable, explosive and unexpected.
A few things I love about this idea:
- It’s super simple. All you need is a jar, a pen and scraps of paper.
- There are no rules. From lucky tokens to movie tickets, everything works.
- There’s no time frame. The jar is to serve you, rather than you serving the jar.
- It’s rewarding. Pull out random notes and delight in them anytime you want.
- It’s customisable. Take the time to make it truly yours (here are some ideas).
- It’s practical. It’s a measurable expression of our happiness over time.
What about you? Do you ever take the time to consciously appreciate all the good things in your life? Does it help you boost your happiness? Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.