10 Jan

A Container for Collecting Good Things

Inspired by The Happiness Jar shared by Elizabeth Gilbert, I decided to make my own to put into practice this year. This is something I’ve wanted to do in previous years but because I missed starting on New Year’s Day I’d put it off for another time. This year I wasn’t going to miss out, and luckily I had the perfect container to use for the project leftover from Christmas present season.


My container is a metal tin from Muji that I have covered in layers of washi tape (which I have a lot of), and then cut a slit into the top for inserting pieces of paper. I also sectioned pieces of colourful origami paper into four to use for writing down good things. The Good Things container sits in our dinning room for easy access. I’m trying to add things often but not daily.


The idea of this activity is to collect things you are happy about throughout the year, write them down when they happen, and collect them in a container to read at the end of the year. This can be done as frequently as daily, or as often as weekly. Whatever works for you.


Read more about The Happiness Jar on Elizabeth Gilbert’s site, and maybe make your own. You don’t have to wait for a specific perfect time. Just do it now!

© Rachael Ashe