How To Create A Happiness Jar: Ultimate Guide

I’ve had a happiness jar for a few years now, and it’s been wonderful. I thought I would share my experience and some tips in this post!

What is a Happiness Jar?

A happiness jar is nothing but a jar, filled with moments of gratitude, memories worth remembering, motivation for a future you, etc.

I keep it on top of my dresser, so I remember to include it in my daily routine.

The Purpose Of a Happiness Jar

Imagine in a couple of years, you’re cleaning out your stuff and you find this bag/jar filled with the notes from a certain year. You sit down and read through them, chuckling at the funny ones, and smiling at the fond memories. The hardships you passed, and the dreams/goals you’ve achieved.

It doesn’t even have to be a few years, it could be in a few months or a year. Anytime you want some motivation, from your past self.

Why Create A Happiness Jar?

Because the daily joys of our life, are taken for granted until we lose them. By recording them, and keeping track of our trials and accomplishments we become a better person.

This year is a perfect year to start. It doesn’t matter if it’s the start of the year or the middle, enjoy those daily delights.

How To Create A Happiness Jar?

All you need is a jar, some scraps of paper(like post-it notes), and a pen/pencil.

What To Write in a Happiness Jar ( And Quotes)

You can write:

  • something that made you smile today
  • a joke
  • affirmations
  • quotes(some examples below)
  • a recipe you tried
  • something you want to remember
  • a show/book you recently started
  • milestones/achievements
  • a new friend you made
  • something your grateful for
  • Ticket stubs/lucky tokens

There are probably so many ideas, for stuff to put in happiness jars. But I hope this list, is a good starter. And here are some quotes I love:

Best Jars To Use

Honestly any jar, you think is big enough! I bought mine from my local Dollar Store. Here are a few, I found on Amazon!

– Single Jarden Ball Regular Mouth 16-Ounces Mason Jar with Lid and Band

– Ball 389579 Pint Regular Mouth Mason, Pack Of 2, Clear

– Premium Mason Jars 16 oz by Soul, Crystal Glass, Airtight Stainless Steel Lid, Dishwasher Safe, BPA Free, Drinking Jar, Canning Jar [3rd Gen]

Happiness Jar Examples/Inspiration

How To Create A Happiness Jar For Someone Else

It’s recently been popular to create a happiness jar for someone else. Like your loved ones, a friend, maybe a teacher. I’ve never made one for someone else, but here are the steps to do it.

1. Get a jar

2. Get scraps of papers(post-it notes, ripped paper, etc), and a pen/pencil

3. Write how much you want. (365 days of love, a month, etc)

4. And put it inside the jar.

5. Label it, and if you want a note outside of the jar.

Let’s say I want to make one for my sister, I would write some kind things about her, our favorite memories, and jokes that we’ll treasure in the future.


Well, that’s the ultimate guide to happiness jars. I hope this post was informative and answered all your questions.

Since your starting something new, with this happiness jar. Why don’t you start a 30-day self-care calendar? Completely free, and always available to you.

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Have you ever created a happiness jar? Will you this year? Tell me in the comments!

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43 thoughts on “How To Create A Happiness Jar: Ultimate Guide”

  1. Great post!! My son loves reading, so these are some great birthday present ideas. Thanks for the help Sejal!

  2. I’ve had a happiness jar for the past 4 years, and I’ve loved it!! Nice to see other people enjoying it too.

  3. i love the idea of a happiness jar! I used to have but fell out of routine, this must be a sign to have one again. Thanks for sharing Sejal!

  4. My depression has been quite bad this year so far and I find I feel sad quite a lot. This is such a good idea because then when I’m feeling down, I can open up the jar and remember happier times. Thank you!

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    1. Yes!! Happiness Jars are great for improving mental health. I love reading about my good days and it reminds me that there are more good days in the future.

  5. I love the idea of a happiness jar! I’ve been finding things difficult with my mental health in the last year because of the Covid-19 lockdowns, so something like this could be really helpful. It’s so important to remember the happy times and memories and this is a great way of reminding yourself of happy times. Thanks so much for sharing!

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