Jar of happy moments

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Posted On January 12, 2016 / Posted In Happy Occasions , Made by hand / Tagged happy moments jar, happiness jar, jar DIY

By Sarita Rajiv

Happy 2016 everyone. Hope the year’s off to a good start for you. After being missing in action for almost a month here, I’m back. The sun and warmth back home in India did me good. Now, it’s back to the cold and back to popping vitamin D pills in Denmark!

Among all the new year messages I got this year, there was one that stood out. One of the paragraphs, in a lovely verse, my uncle wrote was this:

this teen needs
more patience, more love
let's give
let faith take a leap
and greet afresh
hello, happy sixteen.

As I read it, I thought about how I had treated 2015. How had I viewed all the experiences of the past year? Had I been kind? Was I patient towards it? Not so much. I had let 2015 be tainted by (what seemed to me) the failure of having lost something that I had achieved; of reaching a goal only to see it slip away abruptly. And that made me view 2015 as a year where I did not make much progress.  

But that’s not true. There were other goals I realized. And there were so many moments of joy, of laughter, of happiness that I had forgotten. Moments I had pushed to the unreachable, far recesses of my mind. 

note jar DIY. Make a happy moments jar for your family.

So this year, I’m doing something that’s going to help me cherish, remember and be grateful for all the happy moments. I’m making a ‘Happy Moments Jar’ for my family. We’re going to jot down, on small pieces of paper, everything – small and big - that makes us joyful and grateful in 2016. And at the end of this year, we’re going to read them aloud, together. I’m envisioning a jar filled to the brim with notes!

If you’d like to make a Happy Moments Jar too, all you need is an empty jar of some kind glass, a gift tag and ribbon. Alternatively, you can make  a happy moments label and stick it on to your jar. Fill it in with things that make you grateful, things that are funny and make you laugh, things you enjoy, goals you accomplish, dreams you realize. Nothing is too small or too big for the Happy Moments Jar.

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. - Ashley Montagu

Do you and your family have any special ways to remember the good times and events? How are you going to remember the happy moments of 2016? 

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Sarita Rajiv is a writer, gifting specialist and founder of The Orange Gift Bag. She’s on a mission to uncover the ‘best gifts after love’. When she isn’t dreaming up unique gift ideas, she writes for The Copenhagen Post and The National Geographic Traveller India among others.

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12/01/2016 at 13:16

I love this Sarita. I'm so glad to hear you got to spend a bunch of time with family and friends and sunshine. I too live in a land of vitamin D pills. In fact, we just ran out this morning. Here's to a 2016 chock full of wonderful memories.


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14/01/2016 at 08:54

Ha...vitamin D pills! One more thing in common Anne:-) Better stock up on those to keep your energy high and spirits up. Hope you have many happy moments in 2016 as well.