How To Create a Positivity Jar To Increase Positive Thinking

May 10

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A few years ago, I came home from a meeting with my mentor and immediately decided to create a positivity jar. The mentor I had at the time is a fascinating guy. He’s a NLP Practitioner. So, you could say he’s a bit of a guru.


I remember, it was a pretty long meeting in which we talked about all manner of things, including taking the time out to rethink and renew. We also compared notes on how easy it is to get bogged down in the negative aspects of daily life - even when there are more positives to consider.


Let’s face it, most of us find it easier to focus on what we haven’t done or what’s gone wrong, opposed to what went well.  In fact, if you have 20 things on a to-do list with 15 items ticked off and 5 not touched, I wonder how likely you are to stew over the 5 items not moved. It sounds silly, but it really isn't our fault!

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Why create a positivity jar?

The Positivity Problem:

The human brain is naturally programmed to focus on negative aspects of life before recognising the positives. This doesn't mean it has to stay that way. Not at all. But it is the reason you may find yourself being down on yourself for not ticking off those last five tasks on your to-do lists. 

The Positivity Solution:

It is possible to retrain (rewire) your brain to see the positives first. After all, 15 items ticked off is 15 reasons to give yourself a cheer, right? Right!


This is where a positivity jar comes into play and becomes highly beneficial in the strive towards a fresh new perspective on life. By simply noticing the small positives that occur each and every day, you send a message to your brain to tell it to take note! The more you do this, the more your brain will begin to see the positive side of any situation first. In fact, it will start to actively look for the positives.


For example, when you walk up in the morning and immediately say that it will be a great day, your brain will jump into action. It'll start working away in the background looking for reasons for it to be a great day.


In addition, if you write down your positive experiences, your brain will think it is happening again. As a result, you'll get to experience the feelings all over again! How awesome is that?


How to create a positivity jar

If you create a positivity jar you can celebrate ALL the good stuff in life - every single day - with just a few simple tools. This will be a huge help if you would like to rewire your brain to see positives before negatives.

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What do you need for a positive thoughts jar

A positivity jar is basically a happiness journal in a jar. That's all it is. Although, the entries might be a little shorter - you don't really want to be cramming reams of paper into a jar. Instead, here's what you need:

An open mind

You need the openness to be able to see the positives in every day. Some days will be harder than others and you may need to dig around your brain for a while. It will get easier though

A Jar

A jar of any shape or size. If you plan on taking your positivity jar seriously, I recommend buying (or making) a jar that you really love. This is the one I use

Paper

Some scraps of paper. You might like to get some beautiful paper especially for your jar. I use rainbow paper and I love it! Origami paper like this works super well

The point is to fill your jar with scraps of paper: simple, right? On a scrap of paper, you write anything positive that’s happened, you’ve done, heard, seen, or experienced.


If you do this with an open mind and love for yourself, by the end of the year your jar should be crammed full of lovely little gems of happiness.

It might seem hard to start with because, often, when people try to think of positives, they desperately search for big sparkly things that have happened.


The things you write down don’t need to be big nor sparkly.


Don't want to create a positivity jar yourself? Try these:

What do you put in a positivity jar?

The list really is endless. If you want more, detailed, ideas for what to include in your positivity jar, 25 Awesome Happy Jar Ideas You Will LOVE. You call it a positivity jar, I call it a happy jar... we're still friends though, right?

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The key is to make it an enjoyable process. It helps to get a jar that you like - I use this Kilner Jar - and use paper that you like. If you love beautiful paper, use beautiful paper.


If you love rainbow colours, like me, then this Origami paper is perfect for a positive thoughts jar!

Try and put at least one note in the positivity jar a day. If you can do more than one a day, amazing!


You could even have a positivity jar at work and get all your colleagues to join in. If I worked in an office I'd totally be on board with that.


At the end of the year. You get to crack open the positivity jar and start reading all the things you’ve noted down throughout the year. THAT will be awesome!!


Disclosure: If you purchase anything from links in this post or any other, I may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, I only ever mention products I love and would recommend whether I was being compensated or not.


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