6 Tips to Get the Most from Your “Good Things” Jar

Posted by on January 2, 2013

If you’re on social media sites like Facebook or Pinterest, chances are you’ve seen posts about “good things” jars. My friend Carol gave me such a jar for the New Year, and it’s a great tool to keep track of all the meaningful things that happen in our day-to-day lives.

The idea is to write down good things/successes/achievements that happen during the year on a slip of paper, place the papers in the jar and collect them all year through New Year’s Eve, when you recap the year by reading all of the good things inside the jar.

Sounds uplifting and fun, doesn’t it? But like so many good ideas, good intentions only get us so far. So for those who would like to keep this “journal in a jar” all year, here are some tips to make sure you keep up with the good intention.

1. Be sure to date your notes to bring more clarity to the memory at the end of the year.

2. Decorate your jar to make it fun and eye-catching, and to make it more of a game or a pleasure to fill it up.

3. Keep the jar in an accessible area, with a pen and a supply of paper nearby. This way, you’re more apt to write something down in the moment rather than hunting down a pen or paper. When the paper supply runs low, replenish it.

4. Keep track of good things on the run with a voice memo or a quick note on your phone. Choose a time at the end of the day, week or month to transcribe them onto slips to put in the jar.

5. Expand your idea of “good things” beyond events or things that happen to you to include a-ha moments, observations of nature, amusing things your kids say to you, an act of kindness done to or by you … you get the picture. The idea is to create a beautiful bouquet of experiences.

6. Set aside time each day to reflect upon the day and write down the good things from that day. It may take some time to make this a consistent habit–or to find something good some days–but this practice alone can bring more peace, gratitude and experiences of abundance into your life.

If your jar runneth over, start a new jar! In fact, why not have a family jar or a couple’s jar and encourage other family members to participate?

By consistently taking note of the good things in life, no matter what else happens, next New Year’s Eve will be a good day as you reflect on the positive things, the blessings and the grace of the past year.