I was reading through Facebook recently and came upon a post on Healthy Living Goals with a great idea about how to look at the positives in 2017. Life in 2016 for many around the world was not a happy one and at times it seemed that our world was totally out of control – Brexit, unpopular election results in the U.S.A., terror attacks and the continuing war in Syria. Not much happiness I’m afraid.
The media has a habit of focusing on the negatives and the extremes in presenting the news of the world. It can be easy for us to become disheartened and forget that there are probably more happy and positive experiences in our lives. Unfortunately, when we become surrounded by negativity and unhappiness our vision and thoughts can become clouded.
So what is this great idea to maintain positivity?
The Jar of Positivity – well that is what I would like to call it.
The idea is to find an empty jar (better make it a large one!) and fill it with notes about all the GOOD THINGS that happen in your life in 2017 then on next New Year’s Eve you read through all the notes and reflect on your year. I would also write the date on each note.
I would take it a step further and read your notes throughout the year when you feel that life is not going so well. Perhaps reading them at the end of each quarter or half-year will remind you of what made you feel good at any given time.
I love this idea because it helps us to be grateful for all the good things we do have in life. Sometimes it is easy to forget but as you see the jar filling up you will see that you have more positive experiences that you really think.
Perhaps it is something simple like watching the beauty of a sunrise. It could be a holiday or a book you have read that made you feel good. I know spending time with my gorgeous grandson makes me feel good so I’m sure there will be many notes about those times.
The simple act of being mindful of each good thing that happens to you – no matter how big or small reinforces the positives in your life.
So what do you think of this idea? Will you be starting a Jar of Positivity?
If you don’t want to keep a jar, why not capture special moments with photos and keep them in a positivity album. At the end of the year you can make a photo-book with all of your memories.
Happy New Year my friends and may you all have a jar that is overflowing with goodness.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!