The secret ingredients to positivity might be

your favorite beverage, a joyful moment and your latest accomplishment. Did I get it right? What are the ingredients of your positivity?

If you’re having trouble finding the good in your day lately, here’s an idea that’ll bring you joy and appreciation: the happiness jar.

You don’t even have to call it the happiness jar. I didn’t. I call mine the positivity jar, but you can simply call it The Jar.

I wasn’t about to go buy supplies to make a jar, so I decided I’d make one from the supplies I have already. I needed a tad bit more positivity in my life.

The benefits of keeping a positivity jar:

What I like about keeping the positivity jar is that it forced me to find something good from my day to write about. If I couldn’t think of something, I wrote down a quote that I’d been reflecting on lately.

Looking for something good from my day allowed me to find the good, even if I didn’t have the best day of my life. Keeping a positivity jar helps you focus on the positive side of things.

The purpose of keeping a positivity jar is to document something that happened in your day that brought you joy, appreciation or positivity. 

I was looking forward to reading what I wrote down after I’d accumulated a lot of notes. Here’s a list of things I usually wrote about (if you need ideas for what to write about):

isn’t this the cutest?
  1. Accomplishments—even the little ones that are part of #adulting
  2. Things or experiences that you’re grateful for
  3. Joyful moments
  4. Meaningful or interesting experiences
  5. Quotes
  6. Things you learned
  7. Your favorite movies, food, magazines, etc.

How to make your positivity jar:

  1. Repurpose or buy a container with a lid
  2. Decorate the container to your liking

I found a candle jar with no lid. So I made a lid with tissue paper, a flower sticker, and a bit of yarn. And ta-da! I DIY’d the jar.

Tips for keeping your positivity jar:

  1. Keep stationery nearby so that it’s ready for you to write daily notes for your jar
  2. Write for your jar at the same time everyday such as when you’re winding down from your day or before you go to sleep so that you don’t forget

If this is something that you’ve tried or might give a try, let me know in the comments. What are your thoughts on the positivity jar?

If you’ve kept one, what benefits have you experienced from keeping one? Do you have recommendations for making a positivity jar?

What does positivity mean anyway?

“How do you want to feel?” is the question we should be asking ourselves instead of “What do you want to accomplish?”

As I grow older, my goal has always been to be a happy person. To be a happy person, one must choose a positive attitude more often than not.

I say more often than not because positivity doesn’t mean that we don’t experience bouts of anger or sadness. It also doesn’t mean that we’re positive people 24/7.

There’s a quote I read a while back from Desirée B. Silvage’s blog LITERARY TRUCE :

The art of aging is the art of keeping some hope.

As I grow older, I’ve come to understand that I must work hard to protect the part of me that is hopeful because there will always be things that try to take our hope away.

Positivity comes down to the way we choose to perceive life. Positivity always comes down to one choice. May we continue to choose that which keeps our hope alive.

Why you should be grateful for your problems

You don’t feel grateful for the problem when it’s right in front of you. It’s later on in your life when you see its value. Sometimes we create unnecessary problems for ourselves. Then we come to find that there was no problem in the first place. It was all in our thinking and attitude about said problem.

Changing the way we see our problems makes a difference. This is when we give our challenges the chance to transform our lives and ourselves. The focus goes from the chaos or stress they bring to wisdom or perspective.

Our problems make us better problems solvers, help us build confidence, helps us build strength, and gives us perspective. What was once a major problem, later on, feels insignificant as we face more complex problems in our lives.

We’re all on our own different paths made up of so many different experiences, but one of the things that connects us all is that we all have problems. Our challenges lead us to very beautiful places. We experience things like peace, unity, acceptance, forgiveness, confidence, and trust as a result. Let’s learn to face our problems with grace and patience.