My “Nice Things” jar.
Write at least one nice thing that happened to me everyday for a year and put it in a jar:
Although I haven’t completed this bucket list item yet, I figured I should write about it in case anyone wants to start one of these jars at the halfway-through-the-year-mark. I stole this idea from a Facebook post and loved it. Here is the concept:
Starting on New Years (when I started my jar) or whenever really, write down one nice thing that happened to you each day, then put the pieces of paper in a jar. You cannot look at what you wrote until the end of the year, but then you’re allowed to read everything.
Like the gratitude journal I wrote about in a previous post, I have found this exercise so rewarding and a lot of fun. I twisted the rules a bit and each day write multiple nice things that happened to me on the pieces of paper, as a way to remember what each day was like throughout my entire year.
I have also enjoyed this practice because, like the gratitude journal, it really puts things into perspective. I remember how on a couple days this year, I was sick as a dog with a cold or fever; even so, writing down how nice it was that I was able to buy honey at the store for that aching sore throat or that I did well on a test that day made me grateful for all the pluses rather than focusing on the negatives of being sick.
Toward the beginning of the year I went to Staples and bought colored paper to make the activity more fun. I also decorated the jar and eventually plan on putting sunglasses on the jar, a suggestion someone close to me recommended, which goes with the theme of bright thoughts.
Some days I admit I get a bit lazy with my “Nice Things” jar and I’ll have to look at my phone calendar to remember all the nice things that happened over the past couple days, but I figure that at the end of the year as long as I have all the days in the jar, I’m the only one who can hold myself accountable for writing some a few days late.
Since yesterday was July 1st that means we are halfway through the year and it’s a perfect time for you to start a “Nice Things Jar”; maybe you only want a jar with half a year’s worth of nice things or even a month’s worth, so now’s the time to start that too!
So does anyone do something similar or plan on adding this item to their bucket lists? I’d love to hear about your experiences!