Louise Thompson: Capture happiness in the smile jar
I would love to set you up for your best, most brilliant 2019 with a simple tool. The smile jar.
In my experience of coaching thousands of people to health and happiness, I have found that as much as we seek magic silver bullet solutions that change the wellbeing game (eg. starting a fantastic new job; leaving a hideous old relationship) the fabric of health and happiness really is woven from micro-moments of joy, rather than elusive silver-bullet game changers. By consciously putting more micro-moments of happy into life it becomes elevated one tiny bite at a time.
There is a lovely technique called 'The Smile Jar' and you are in time to get yourself set up for it right now for 2019. All you need to do is buy/find/repurpose/ a pleasing looking jar and a bunch of post-it notes. Each day you add one post-it note or scrap of paper that contained a moment that was pleasing, happy or successful.
It might be the compliment from the boss on that presentation you sweated over, the fact that your teen picked up their own towels off the bathroom floor without nagging, the unexpected message from a friend overseas, or getting a personal best on your morning run. It can be anything. The only criterion is that it made you smile. Pick a happy moment, scribble it down, pop it in the jar. You are filling a jar full of smiles.
This is a lovely one to do with the whole family. I have had clients get a jar for each member of the household and it’s become part of the bedtime ritual for each child to add a moment of positivity or happiness to their jar at the end of each day, creating a gorgeous, positive family ritual that has endured for years. At the end of the year, perhaps the day after Boxing Day when things have gone a little quiet, you can sit and pull out each memory one by one. Reconnect with what made you happy and all the moments that you have forgotten from your jar of smiles. If you are having a bad day, it’s also a great one to be able to dip into anytime and remind you that life isn’t all bad.
Get yourself a Smile Jar for 2019, because you know the small things in life? In the end, they are the big things.
Life coach Louise Thompson helps people unlock their happiest and healthiest life. Find more at louisethompson.com