6 Fantastic Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Positivity Jar

I want to start 2016 positively! Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s (best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love) beautifully simple idea about keeping a happiness jar I’ve started filling what I’ve decided to call my positivity jar.

this one

Each day I write down on a piece of paper something positive that has happened.

It could be:

  • something that’s made me smile
  • a hug from a friend
  • a compliment I’ve received
  • an accomplished goal
  • a joke that made me giggle
  • memories worth remembering
  • a friend’s good news
  • my cats’ silly antics
  • the beauty of nature
  • something I’m grateful for

Whatever it is I write it down on a piece of paper, fold it up and put it in my positivity jar. We spend way too much time in life thinking about what we don’t have, or what we wish was different. Keeping a positivity jar is a wonderful practical way to appreciate what we have in our lives. We have so many positive things in our lives that we need to cherish each day. I love the idea of taking a moment each evening to focus on the positive aspects of my life, to reinforce the idea that, no matter how tough life with fibromyalgia is, it is worth living.

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

When times are challenging or I’ve had a really bad pain day I can open my jar and read back on all those positive moments so far this year; I’m sure that they will bring a smile to my face.

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Here are 6 fantastic reasons why you should start your own positivity jar:

  1. It reminds you to focus on the positive aspects of your life – happiness is closer than you think.
  2. It stresses the importance of filling your life with appreciation for life’s simple pleasures.
  3. It provides daily inspiration to keep you positive and smiling.
  4. It helps you to feel grateful for the wonderful things in your life.
  5. It encourages you to love the world around you every single day.
  6. It starts a simple positive habit.

Go find your jar now and treasure each day! I do 🙂

What will fill your positivity jar this year?

Keep smiling 🙂



UK Fibromyalgia

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94 Responses to 6 Fantastic Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Positivity Jar

  1. tara pittman says:

    This would be fun to read a week later to see my moods. This is a great idea!

  2. Emma White says:

    I absolutely love this idea and am going to start my own

  3. Roxanne says:

    This would be great to pull out on the days I need a pick me up. Maybe I’ll write down all the nice things my kids say so I can read on those days Im loosing it. Lol

  4. Kizzy Bass says:

    What a fabulous idea. I’ve started a gratitude diary as part of my bullet journal as I want to focus on the good this year. Good luck

  5. Ana De-Jesus says:

    I want to create my own positivity jar to help me get rid of negative energy what a great idea!

  6. Jenn says:

    This is a really good idea. I tend to be a bit cynical when it comes to gratitude journals and the like, but maybe a jar would be a good thing to start. Being that deliberate every day would be a bit of a challenge, but that’s the point, isn’t it?

  7. Scraps says:

    This is a really good idea. I tend to be a bit cynical when it comes to gratitude journals and the like, but maybe a jar would be a good thing to start. Being that deliberate every day would be a bit of a challenge, but that’s the point, isn’t it?

  8. lacicarlson says:

    love this making my own now this weekend !!! Laci @ sequinsinthesouth.com

  9. Elizabeth O. says:

    I really love the idea! I can’t wait to share this to my girls. It’s very uplifting and it teacher a person to be positive, in everything in life as much as they can.

  10. Lexie Lane says:

    Such a wonderful idea, yeah I’m planning to make a positive jar.

  11. Debra says:

    I absolutely love this idea! I really need to spend more time focusing on the positive!

  12. modaddicted says:

    I started my positivity jar for 2016 on jan 1st! I think is the idea ever! I started with the goal of reading all my positive achievements on Dec 31st of this year, this way I can remember all good things that happened to me throughout the year and receive the new year with good vibes!

    xo Ana


  13. michelle says:

    i did this one year and then re read the pieces of paper on new years eve it was really lovely

  14. jillconyers says:

    This is such a great idea! So much about life is mindset and the more focused on the positive the better.

  15. Our Family World says:

    What a lovely idea. It will nice to read all these by the end of the year.

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  17. Hello Beautiful Bear says:

    I love this idea, absolutely brilliant, I think I’ll start one of my own to keep this year positive and keep me smiling throughout the good and bad times! Thanks for the inspiration! X

  18. Rachel says:

    This is such a great post and such a great idea x

  19. This is such a fantastic idea. I did the Hundred Days of Happiness thing a few years ago, and it really does help to stop and think that even on the bad days, there’s something to be positive about.

  20. You’re not only encourage yoursefl with your positivity but also others. Thank you for sharing this.

  21. knotj5144 says:

    Sounds like an awesome activity to stay focused. Little reminders like this are great for soul!

  22. I support anything that helps us to live a more empowered life. 🙂

  23. thequinnmommy says:

    I’ve been meaning to do this and you just gave me the push I need to get it done today! I can’t wait to get the kids involved too. Great way to teach them to be positive and thankful for the everyday

  24. tlohuis says:

    I love this idea and it is now on my list of Life Goals! Thanks for sharing. x 🙂

  25. This is a great idea Claire. I love the idea of thinking about the things that have had a positive impact on us each day, I think it will make a big difference when it comes to the not so good days

  26. Jonathan Key says:

    This is such a wonderful idea. It’s great to look at life as the glass half full. Particularly on cloudy days!

  27. could be a great idea for someone that lives with a high amount of daily stress.

  28. What a nice idea. I hope it brings you so much joy throughout the year! Happy 2016!

  29. Natalia says:

    This is a really cute idea! I might just do it. Right now I have a books to read jar!

  30. i have never tried it but i have heard some friends who create their own positivity jar.

  31. Such a fun idea, I’m going to start my own positivity jar.

  32. What a very neat idea. I really LOVED it.

  33. Catstello says:

    This is a lovely idea & a wonderful alternative to resolutions 🙂

  34. Lucy Valdez says:

    What a great way to remember the good times! Sometimes we get overrun by the craziness of life and just reading one of these could help us refocus:)

  35. That’s such a great idea. It a great way to start the new year with positiveness and carry it all through the year. Focusing on the positive is great all the time!

  36. This is such a lovely idea – simple but really powerful. I have pinned this post too. Kaz x

  37. Ashleigh says:

    What a great thing to do to bring happiness. I know that sometimes when I’m down I’m not thinking about all the positive thigns that have happened to me.

  38. What a fantastic idea! I often look too much towards the negatives so something like this would be quite useful x

  39. I absolutely adore this idea! Nothing beats a little extra positivity during the day!

  40. laurasidestreet says:

    This is such a simple and fantastic idea and perfect for the whole family – we are making one too

    Laura x

  41. I have what I call a praise journal..

  42. One of my goals for the year is to write 5 positive things a day. This is right up my ally.

  43. Esme Sy says:

    I like this idea. This will be perfect to read when you are having a bad day or just to look back on all the nice things that happened to you.

  44. kancell724 says:

    What a great idea. I try to think of positive things daily, A jar is a good idea.

  45. great idea. I think this could be placed in a working environment too.

  46. This is a great idea. So uplifting each and every day and something to look at when you have a bad day. I think this would be great to do with a family too. Thanks for sharing!

  47. Kelly B. says:

    I definitely need to try this technique! It’s funny how even the smallest of positive notes can have a big impact on your attitude!

  48. May says:

    Wonderful Claire. A new woman in 2016!

  49. Cheyanne says:

    What a great idea! I love it! 🙂

  50. evakidminds says:

    I love your Positivity Jar! It’s such a wonderful idea. I do yoga every day and at the end of each practice I mentally list all the things I’m grateful for Big and Small. It’s my little moment of positivity that lasts all day.

  51. emilyunderworld says:

    Aww, this sounds like a lovely thing to do! Perhaps I should start my own…
    Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk

  52. Lyn says:

    Hi Claire! Thought that you’d like to know that there is psychological report to support the view that something such a positivity jar can help. The Psychologists Kanner and De Longhis call the little things that have happened during the day that have made us smile uplifts.

    Their research showed that when we experience more daily uplifts than hassles (little things that stress us out, such as traffic jams on the way to work, which can have a cumulative effect on our stress levels and therefore health), our levels of stress get lower, so we cope better with stressful situations (e.g. Living with our chronic pain).

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