Pockets of Happiness

Written by on January 22, 2014 in BLOG - 26 Comments

imageHowever dire a situation or however bad a particular day is I always try to find a ‘pocket of happiness’.

It might be losing myself in a bookshop for half an hour, the 7 year old scoring a belter of a goal, a really good head-clearing dog walk, a hug, listening to the 9 year old perfecting a tune on the piano, a roaring fire and a snuggle on the sofa, never wanting a book to end, a perfect gin and tonic, a laugh that makes your sides ache … it could be the tiniest pocket of happiness but it’s there and it shouldn’t be overlooked.

At the end of last year I sat and reflected about 2013. It wasn’t my best year and I found that the bits that I remember most are the bad bits. It turns out that in the doldrums of life happiness can be forgotten.

On the first day of 2014 I decided to do something good for the soul. I’ve made a ‘Happiness Jar’ which sits on the windowsill in our kitchen.  When something good happens we write it down and pop it in the jar.

It’s a long game, and we have to be patient, because we have to wait until the 31st of December 2014 to sit down together and read them out, as a family. I’m looking forward to that day, when we reflect and remember ALL the good things, which I hope will overshadow the bad.

26 Comments on "Pockets of Happiness"

  1. Pinkoddy January 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm · Reply

    These are such a good idea.

  2. The Beesley Buzz January 27, 2014 at 8:13 pm · Reply

    the happiness jar is such a great idea. We did something similar last year (it was actually a money box we used and called it a blessings jar). We all started very enthusiastically, then lost momentum. Hope you have lots and lots to add to your happy jar. xxx #spreadalittlehappiness

    • Laura - AWNTYM? January 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm · Reply

      I think I will have to keep prodding people as things happen otherwise it will just be all my pockets of happiness!

  3. Lisa from Lisa's Life January 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm · Reply

    A great idea.

    I did a gratitude jar last year and it’s nice to look back and find the smiles when you think the whole year felt awful!


    • Laura - AWNTYM? January 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm · Reply

      It’s good to hear from people who have already done it. I can’t wait! Just 11 months to go :)

  4. The Reading Residence January 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm · Reply

    That is a lovely idea. I also like the phrase ‘pockets of happiness’, and you’re quite right that they can go unnoticed. Thanks for sharing with #SpreadALittleHappiness x

    • Laura - AWNTYM? January 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm · Reply

      They are the first things to be forgotten, especially when other bad things have happened. I’m really looking forward to opening the jar!

  5. MummyTries January 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm · Reply

    Fab idea – I really should do something before my brain is completely fried and incapable of remembering anything! #SpreadALittleHappiness

    • Laura - AWNTYM? January 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm · Reply

      I have such a bad memory anyway, so this is a great way to remember 12 months worth of good things.

  6. we3three January 27, 2014 at 11:37 am · Reply

    what a brilliant idea, love it. #spreadalittlehappiness

  7. Gina Caro January 27, 2014 at 10:48 am · Reply

    What a great idea! I want a happiness jar now :-) #SpreadALittleHappiness

    • Laura - AWNTYM? January 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm · Reply

      Get one – it’s simples! Any old jar will do!

  8. Kim Carberry January 27, 2014 at 10:04 am · Reply

    What a great idea….
    Something to look forward too!!

    • Laura - AWNTYM? January 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm · Reply

      I can’t wait – I think it will be so positive for our family x

  9. Erica January 23, 2014 at 9:15 am · Reply

    I hope there will be at least a couple that include me in there (foodinburgh, foodinshire etc)

    • Laura - AWNTYM? January 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm · Reply

      I am sure there will be some that involve you, Eriiiiiiica x

  10. Scope January 23, 2014 at 3:29 am · Reply

    I hope you need a bigger jar.

  11. Gramps January 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm · Reply

    When you mentioned this to me I thought it was a brilliant idea. I might leave some of my happy moments in your jar when I pass by!

    • Laura - AWNTYM? January 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm · Reply

      You definitely should Pops, I’d love that x

  12. English Mum January 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm · Reply

    I LOVE this! What a fab idea. I might have to pinch it x

    • Laura - AWNTYM? January 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm · Reply

      Pinch away, I think everyone should have a happiness jar x

  13. Daddy January 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm · Reply

    I can’t wait either. It should be an interesting exercise! Lets hope the jar is bulging.

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