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How To Make A Happiness Jar: Ultimate Guide 2023

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. You can keep a pen and some sticky notes, cut out squares next to it, so it can be more convenient.

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 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.

How To Make A Happiness Jar: Ultimate Guide 2023 Sejal Ghanate the lazy gal

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 Do You Create One?

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 you’re grateful for
  • Ticket stubs/lucky tokens

There are probably so many ideas, for stuff to put in your jar. 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 One 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.

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

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2 years ago

I’m going to totally make a happiness jar for my sister’s bday, and it’s a great graduating present!

2 years ago

great post! love the theme, thanks for sharing this post sejal

2 years ago

nice to see other people use happiness jars too

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

This is such a cool idea! Certainly going to add mason jars to my shopping list. Thanks Sejal

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

it looks so pretty! great post, love your writing.

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2 years ago

i should make one for my brother’s birthday, thanks for the great idea!

2 years ago

i love this idea, thanks for sharing??