Do you know what makes you happy? Recently I conducted an informal survey in which I asked two simple questions:

+What do you want more of in your life?

+What makes you happy?

The responses were interesting because, in almost every instance, they were the same: People want to be happier, yet when asked to define what makes them happy they could not identify authentic sources of real happiness.

This got me thinking.

What if we put a bit of a spin on Elizabeth Gilbert’s  Happiness Jar process?  We could savor our happiest moment of the day by writing it down on a post-it note and dropping into to the jar before we go to bed, as  Elizabeth suggests.  But we would also use the daily entries as a way of getting clear about what really lights our soul.

The intention of this enhanced version of the Happiness Jar is to uncover what really makes us happy so we can deliberately create more of those moments.

I’ve started my very first Happiness Jar! Here’s how I will be using it. I invite you to try this with me as well!
1. Right before bedtime, savor my happiest moment of the day by asking, “What was the happiest moment of my day”?
2. Write it down on a post-it note and drop into the jar.
3. At the end of every quarter (March, June, September, and December) set aside some time to review all of the post-it notes and in your journal note the following:

  • Note common happiness themes.
  • Narrow the themes down to 3-5 attributes that make your soul happy.
  • Commit to creating more of those moments in your life.

Note: In an effort to keep your post-it notes organized by quarters, put the notes from the previous quarter into a plastic baggie and drop back into the jar.

I’m excited about this year-long Happiness ritual.  I’ll report back at the end of the year with came through for me!