Today is finally New Years Eve, and in a few hours a new year will begin again. How time flies so fast! In just a few months I’ll be a year older again, and also most of you. Do you have New Year traditions besides kissing someone when the clock strikes 12 midnight? Here in my country, the Philippines, we have a lot of new year traditions that can be traced from different cultures that colonized or just simply influenced our country.
At midnight, we start making noises by blowing horns and lighting some fireworks. And I’m not just talking about fireworks that sparks like a fairy’s wand, I’m talking about the hardcore stuff. But don’t worry my family only use fireworks approved by the government. The reason we do this is not only because it’s fun, but is believed to drive away all the bad luck and bad spirits from your house. Then after we finished all the fireworks, we start eating our first meal of the year which we call “medya noche” which consist of pancit (a noodle dish that symbolizes for long life), round-shaped fruits (I think it symbolizes money), rice cakes (which symbolizes strong bond for the family) and so much more. I could go on and on about our traditions but this post is about adding a something new to your new year tradition, yep, I’m referring to the Happiness Jar, and yes I’m doing this too.
What is Happiness Jar?
Happiness Jar is an idea by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of the novel Eat Pray Love). It is a jar filled with tiny bits of paper with inspiration, joy, and things that make you happy.
So this year I’m suggesting that you start the year 2016 with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. On New Years Eve empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. And I suggest that you do this every year and became a part of your New Year traditions.
This will remind you of all the good things that happened to you and will also help you to reflect on the good things. Isn’t that exciting? And this Happiness Jar is so simple to make!
What You Need?
First you need a Mason Jar, or any jar available in your house. You don’t need to buy a new one. You can use it as it is, or you can decorate it if you like. It’s your choice.
Then you will need tiny bits of paper where you could write all the good things that happened in your day for the rest of the year. It could be assorted colors, just one favorite color or just plain white paper, again it’s your choice. You can even opt for colored pens if you want, to make it more fun and artsy.
Then on December 31 you open it and read all the notes you put in it by yourself, or you could read it with someone else. To make it more fun and really make it a valid tradition, why don’t you encourage your family to do this Happiness Jar as well or your best friend. And read it all on New Years Eve together.