A year on
Often, when our lives are stressful, it can be difficult to remember all of the good things that happen in our lives. For this reason, it can be a great thing to do to make a memory jar, where we write happy memories on a piece of paper, and then open the jar at the end of the year. You should aim to write at least one thing per day, but you are free to write more if you like. There are a number of benefits of doing this, and we have written some of them below for you.
It makes you appreciate the small things
If you are going through a stressful time, it can be difficult to think about something good that has happened to you on each day. However, if you know that you need to think of a good thing to write at the end of the day for your jar, you will be forced to think of something positive in every situation. Sometimes, it might be as simple as “I had a lovely coffee today”, but there was pleasure in it at the time, and therefore it should count as a happy memory.
You will come to count your blessings
When times are hard, we may feel that there are more bad things than good things, but if you are able to open your memory jar at the end of the year and read back over all of the good things that have happened, you will be able to remember things that had actually slipped your memory months ago. It is easy to have a negative attitude and only remember the bad things, but your jar will help to jog your memory, and will allow you to finish the year with a smile.
It is a great thing to do on New Year’s Eve
The trend for people to go out on New Year’s Eve is slowly declining, with many of us choosing to have a night in with the family instead. You might find that you struggle for things to do, so reading the things that you have put in your memory jar is a good place to start. You don’t have to do them all at once, as there will be hundreds of things to read out, but just picking out a few every now and again will be a great talking point, and you are free to go through them in the days that follow at leisure.
So, it is clear that there is a lot to be gained from creating a memory jar, meaning that this is something that you should think about doing. Even though it is not currently the beginning of a new year, that doesn’t mean that you can’t start writing things down. Even if you only read this towards the end of December, there will still be plenty of things that you can write about, meaning that when the very end of the year comes you will have lots to smile about.