Last week, on my birthday, I finally got around to making my Joy Jar. For those of you who don’t remember, I first talked about making a joy jar in my summer bucket list post a few weeks ago. I was turned on to the idea by Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling by podcaster/wellness guru Katie Dalebout. Having a joy jar is basically an ongoing journaling exercise which has you write down all the joyful moments you experienced in a given day. The book doesn’t specify exactly when or you have to jot down your moments, so there’s lots of room for flexibility. For me, I’ve found that writing a single list of all the happy moments from each day slides right into my night “mindfulness routine,” during which I also make a gratitudes list and write in my journal. Even though it’s only been a few days, I’m already loving having this new happy practice in my life. 🙂
Also…can we just discuss how cute my little jar is?! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the craftiest of people (let’s just say art class was never my forte), so I’m a bit surprised with the final result. I used gold letter stickers from my local paper store for the words “JOY,” and couldn’t resist adding some cherry blossoms stick-ons for a finishing touch. An added bonus? I had a few blossoms left over, which now proudly adorn the corner of my brainstorming notebook.
Do you have a joy jar? What’s your favorite mindful practice?