Last week I wrote a post about something I found while browsing the class blog called the Happiness Jar (read my first post here) and I decided to try it. Now I get to tell you how it went!

My first thought is that this was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Paying more attention to the nice things going on around me was great, but trying to remember to write them down and keep track actually added stress to my days. I was hoping this would be a calming or relaxing thing to do, but it wasn’t. Maybe because it was for class?

Try as I might I didn’t get every day like I hoped I would. Here’s what I did record:

Monday –

Tuesday – I cleaned my room! I love walking into a clean and well organized room!

Wednesday – I went to the gym! I also got my Econ exam back!

Thursday – I got free dinner! I also got some good news about grades!

Friday –

Saturday – I got to set up and participate in a wine dinner/tasting

Sunday – I actually accomplished a lot of things, and finally got something done that has been on my to-do list for weeks!

Obviously I didn’t start the week off strong with missing Monday, but I’d say that 5 out of 7 days really isn’t that bad. Over all I think this was nice – looking back at my week just now was really cool, and it’s nice to remind yourself of the good things that happened. But I think because I was forcing myself to do it (not well obviously) it was more stressful than it should have been. I don’t think that I’ll keep up with this, but I’m glad I did it for a week!


Image: Positivity by MartaZ*. Source: Flickr

One thought on “Learning Challenge: The Happiness Jar (Part 2)

  1. Hi again, Margaret!
    I think it’s awesome that you did a follow-up post about the happiness jar Learning Challenge. I assure others have done it as well, but yours is the first that I have seen. I also find it quite amazing how hard something as simple as writing down what made you happy that day could be in the midst of a busy week…or even a not-so-busy week. It makes you realize what you do with your time though when you wake up the next morning and realize that you didn’t write down your happy of the day.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *