Positivity is the key to a happy and healthy life.
A positive mindset has a slew of mental and physical health benefits; from lower levels of stress to better cardiovascular health.
And while it might seem difficult at times to achieve profound happiness, there are a ton of different ways to increase the positivity in your life.
Positivity jars, for example, are a great and simple way to remember and reflect upon the good and happy times in your life.
What Is A Positivity Jar?
A positivity jar is simply a jar filled with anything positive. This can be memories, quotes, affirmations; whatever makes you feel good.
By putting the positive memories down on paper, you will have them for reflection during times where things might not feel so positive.
If you’re looking for inspiration or a place to start, we’ve provided a few ideas below for what you can include in your positivity jar.
What To Include In Your Jar
Inspirational quotes are a great change your mindset and induce more positive thinking.
This is because they allow us to step away from our own minds and see the world from the lens of others.
By simply reading words of positivity, our mindset will begin to naturally reflect those words.
Similar to compliments, affirmations are positive words or phrases used to uplift oneself.
For your positivity jar, you’ll want to use self-love and gratitude affirmations.
Some examples are “I am worthy of love and happiness,” or, “At this moment, I feel joy.”
Write them down at least 3 times in a row before tossing them in your jar. The more you repeat them, the more effective they will be.
One of the best ways to utilize happiness jars is through memories.
Each and every time something good happens to you, write it down and toss it in the jar.
And if you sit down to work on your jar and a specific memory from 10 years ago comes to mind, that’s cool too. As long as the memory makes you smile, write it down.
Goals are important because they give us something to strive for even when times are tough.
For the positivity jar, these goals can be as small or as big as you want.
We would, however, recommend including a few that you know you can achieve soon. This will leave room for you to feel accomplished when you go back to your jar later on.
You may also wish to write down goals you’ve already achieved.
If you meet and new and interesting person, write it down.
Include everything you liked about them and at least one interesting quality that stood out to you.
It can be as specific or as vague as you please. The important part is that you are recognizing and appreciating positive qualities in others.
You’ve probably heard the saying pictures are worth a thousand words.
When it comes to positivity jars, visuals are a great way to remember happy memories without having to write anything at all.
If you have photos of things that make you smile, or from times that made you smile, include them in your jar.
Looking at them, later on, will remind you of the happy times and subsequently bring more happiness to the present moment.
Once your jar is full, you can begin looking back on it.
Pull out a new piece each morning, or whenever you’re feeling down to remind you of the good things in life.
Positivity jars also make great gifts for others. If your friend or family member is going through a tough time, try filling up a jar with things you love about them.
You can include memories, compliments, and positive quotes that remind you of that person.
This will help them to feel thought of, cared for, and loved each and every time they reach into the jar.