A happiness journal, jar, box — whatever works!

We all have had the blues at one time or another. Can we completely avoid them? Maybe, but I’m not there to speak from the experience. Maybe one day, or not. What I can say is that when I feel blue, I turn to my happiness journal to read about and remind myself that I’ve had many joyful and fun moments too, and that another one is on its way. Below’s my very first entry from 2014. I wrote it after a yoga class that was held in a kindergarten, so there were a bunch of boisterous youngsters as well as adults:

The class just ended. I’m still on the mat with my eyes closed and body completely relaxed. And I’m at peace with life. The kids are now running around and in-between the yoga mats. They’re exercising their vocal cords. Loudly. A few balls are kicked around. I can hear them bouncing on the hardwood floor. The parents talk about the class, the weather, the kids running amok. These are the expressions of life, and they don’t bother or annoy me. Hmm… interesting…

I feel serene. I feel blissful. Is it how nirvana feels like? No matter how unleashed everything is around me, I’m at peace with life. Wow, what a feeling!

I read today a FB post by Elizabeth Gilbert who shared her own idea: “Get yourself a jar (or a box, or a vessel of any kind) and every day you grab a slip of paper and write down on it the happiest moment of the day…What continually amazes me is what ends up on the slip of paper every day. Not awesome events, not huge achievements — usually just a small and tiny thing, a moment of awareness…that moment when you step outside and between the house and the car you get hit on the top of the head with a beam of sunlight, and suddenly feel awash with gratitude simply for being alive, and you think, “Yes. This is it.””

Imagine how many records of happy and joyful insights we can collect over a year, two, a lifetime, which otherwise may slip away into oblivion to give space to more immediate experiences and events. My happiness journal is becoming my true treasure box.

How do you keep record of your happy moments? Maybe it’s time to start your own happiness journal or a jar? December 31st is a great day to start, don’t you think? Happy 2015!!!


A happiness journal, jar, box — whatever works! — 2 Comments

  1. Awesome, S.H. Journals are a savior and the best way – for me, personally, at any rate – to even begin to understand what’s going on in me and around me. Much mental health saved there. Happy New Year and thanks for the writing!

    • Thanks, Jon! I remember you reading stories from your travel journals — a trove of never-ending insights and inspiration.

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