“…there is always a moment of grace or kindness or relief or humor or courage or a good cup of coffee or a sympathetic friend…or something that momentarily pierces the gloom.”–Elizabeth Gilbert
Happy New Year!
Yes, the holidays are over and the annual scramble of clearing the decks is in full force. And like a scene out of Groundhog Day, the internet is abuzz with just about every possible inspirational ritual, diet, and practice to get us back on the proverbial wagon.
Not a bad thing at all. It’s just that we keep forgetting. When it comes to stress and stuff, it is easy to get lost in the fray; to forget our pure intentions to live a kinder, clearer, and happier life.
If you could use a little assist in remembering, here is an elegant and simple daily practice that can bring you back. It comes from author Elizabeth Gilbert (see below). Basically all you need for it to work are these ingredients:
- a big jar, box, or container of some sort
- bits of paper on which you write down happy highlights of your day, every day
- your willingness to play
When you feel discouraged, lost, or depressed, just reach in the jar and pull out a nourishing nugget of hope and inspiration.
What is one thing, thought, person, or memory that makes you smile? What lights you up? What makes you feel peaceful, easeful, joyful? Write it down and put it in your jar.
And if you’re game, tell us in the comment thread. We could all use a hit of joy that lifts the spirit and lightens the load.
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Dear Ones: Every year around this time, I post something about my Happiness Jar. This is a practice I have kept up for years: At the end of each day, I take a scrap of paper and I write down the happiest moment of the day…and then I put it in the jar. That’s it. It takes 30 seconds. When I’m feeling depressed, I reach my fist into that jar and pull out a handful of happiness from over the years, just to remind myself of the miracle of my own life. And I can always find a happiest moment of the day… Even on horrible days, there is always a moment of grace or kindness or relief or humor or courage or a good cup of coffee or a sympathetic friend…or something that momentarily pierces the gloom. I know that many of you have started this habit over the years, too! Today, on your own Instagram feed, post pictures of your happiness jars, and use this hashtag: #happinessjar. Let’s flood the Internet with stubborn gladness today, and set the tone for the rest of the year… #onward