As I was browsing the class website I managed to stumble across an article about the Happiness Jar project. Basically the idea is that, every day for a year, you write down one thing that made you happy. At the end you can open your jar and see all the awesome things that happened! I think this is a great idea, especailly for college students. College nowadays is extrememly stressful and that, along with rising tuition prices, can sometimes make finding something to be happy about a challege. Also, if you’re happier, than you should have better motivation to get things done and do them well!

So I’m going to be trying a Happiness Jar project. I’m going to start with a week, so next Sunday I’ll write a post with my experiences. I’m going to use a real mason jar (so that the one on my desk will stop looking so sad and empty) and just see how it goes. I’m going to try to do it at the end of every day, one per day, and I’m going to try to limit it to things that happened, instead of people. For example, I’d rather use “I saw the most beautiful sunrise today” rather than “I got to spend time with my friends” because I want to focus on things that I might not normally think about. Finally, I’m going to try to be specific in what happens so that at the end of the week I can remember what I wrote about (and hopefully share them on here!).

So those are my ground rules. I’m excited to give this a shot and see how it goes. Who knows, maybe at the end of this week I’ll decided I like it so much that I’ll try to go for the whole year!


Image: Joy by TheVirtualDenise. Source: Pixabay

One thought on “Learning Challenge: The Happiness Jar

  1. Wow, I really love this idea. This is a learning challenge that I considered but didn’t end up doing so it was cool to read about your perspective on it. Sometimes, I tend to be sort of a Negative Nancy so something like this might actually be good to use in my own daily routine. Such a cool idea!

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