My current positive thinking inspiration comes from my mom, who is, I’m sorry to say, the best mom in the world. I know, I know, we all think our moms are the best. But when it comes to constant motivation and life lessons, my mom is truly a legend.
When I broke my ankle at the end of 2014, it was my mom who kept me sane. Her support (both emotional and then literal when she came to look after me) did wonders to keep me calm over the six weeks of pain, plaster cast and other such fun. Spoiler alert for those who haven’t had any broken bones: it really sucks. Eventually however, the cast came off and my leg got to experience the joys of being free. That was the day my mom told me about a really cool gratitude/positivity type thing that I just had to do…
Introducing: The Happy Thoughts Jar
All too often, we forget to stop and enjoy the little moments in our day where something makes us happy. Even if it’s just for a moment – a funny video, your cat falling off the bed (ok, maybe that’s just me on that one), a chat with a friend… even a cup of tea and some good music. Then, when things get busy again, that moment is lost and it’s the stressful stuff we remember.
Capturing those happy moments is the best way to take the good stuff out of each day, rather than the bad stuff. You don’t really need to remember how rushed you felt getting that deadline wrapped up, or that annoying thing that made you so exhausted you wanted to cry. You do need to remember watching the sun go down though. And all the other things that are important in life. This is where the happy thoughts jar comes in…
The concept is crazy simple. If you’ve ever done any positive thinking or mindfulness type exercises like thinking of a few good things that happened in the day before you go to bed, you will love this one. Here’s how it works:
1. Find yourself a nice jar (or a tin, box or other container of choice)
2. Cut a stack of paper into similar sized pieces
3. Put the jar, paper and a pen in plain sight (mine sits on my desk where I can see it every day)
4. Every day, write down a happy thoughts, fold up the paper and pop it into the jar
In about a year’s time, take out all the happy thoughts and put them all together in a box to keep somewhere else, like next to your bed for example. Every time you are feeling stressed, upset, mad, sad or just a bit meh, simply choose a random happy thought from your stash and give it a read. You can then fill the jar with another year’s worth of happy thoughts.
You could even take it one step further and write down affirmations, reminders to smile, reasons to be happy, jokes you found funny that day, funny stories or whatever else made you happy on any given day. In a year, package all the happy thoughts and give to someone in need of cheering up.
What happens if you need cheering up before the year is out? Well, just cheat a bit and pick a random happy thought from your current jar. It’s all in the name of positive thinking, after all.
How do you stay inspired? Have you tried a happy thoughts jar or anything else that works for you? Share your ideas below and let me know!