Discover Yourself Health & Wellness Mental Health Over 50s Lifestyle

Keeping a Jar of Positivity

January 6, 2017
Jar of Positivity

Jar of Positivity

I was reading through Facebook recently and came upon a post on Healthy Living Goals with a great idea about how to look at the positives in 2017.  Life in 2016 for many around the world was not a happy one and at times it seemed that our world was totally out of control – Brexit, unpopular election results in the U.S.A., terror attacks and the continuing war in Syria.  Not much happiness I’m afraid.

The media has a habit of focusing on the negatives and the extremes in presenting the news of the world.  It can be easy for us to become disheartened and forget that there are probably more happy and positive experiences in our lives.  Unfortunately, when we become surrounded by negativity and unhappiness our vision and thoughts can become clouded.

So what is this great idea to maintain positivity?

The Jar of Positivity – well that is what I  would like to call it.

Jar of Positivity

The idea is to find an empty jar (better make it a large one!) and fill it with notes about all the GOOD THINGS that happen in your life in 2017 then on next New Year’s Eve you read through all the notes and reflect on your year.  I would also write the date on each note.

I would take it a step further and read your notes throughout the year when you feel that life is not going so well.  Perhaps reading them at the end of each quarter or half-year will remind you of what made you feel good at any given time.

I love this idea because it helps us to be grateful for all the good things we do have in life.  Sometimes it is easy to forget but as you see the jar filling up  you will see that you have more positive experiences that you really think.

Perhaps it is something simple like watching the beauty of a sunrise.  It could be a holiday or a book you have read that made you feel good. I know spending time with my gorgeous grandson makes me feel good so I’m sure there will be many notes about those times.

The simple act of being mindful of each good thing that happens to you – no matter how big or small reinforces the positives in your life.


So what do you think of this idea?  Will you be starting a Jar of Positivity?

If you don’t want to keep a jar, why not capture special moments with photos and keep them in a positivity album.  At the end of the year you can make a photo-book with all of your memories.

Happy New Year my friends and may you all have a jar that is overflowing with goodness.

Let’s Keep Sizzling!




Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

You Might Also Like


  • Reply candy January 6, 2017 at 12:25

    What a wonderful idea to keep a jar of positive things that happen in life through out the year. Really like this idea. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers link party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:19

      Thanks for the link up Candy and stopping by. I loved the idea when I saw it and thought I would share – I’ve certainly had some positive comments that is for sure. Have a great 2017 x

  • Reply January 6, 2017 at 12:41

    I really like the idea of being intentionally grateful Sue. I saw this idea on FB with a pic of post-it notes next to a jar and thought they were the perfect size to jot something down and were pretty too! I’ve decided to keep a gratitude diary on my laptop where each night before I turn it off, I’ll note down one little thing I was grateful for during the day. Hopefully I won’t forget too often!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:22

      Yes I saw it on FB too and thought is was a great idea. I’ve already started and my PT and I have decided to start a journal each and also I’ve incorporated some new morning and evening rituals – one of my next blog posts LOL:)

  • Reply Beverly January 6, 2017 at 12:57

    What a great idea. So good to focus on the positive and then reflection. I need to find a jar.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:24

      Thanks Bev. It is a lovely idea and so easy to do. It is also good to see the jar filling up. I’m also taking photos and keeping an album on my phone. Have a great 2017 x

  • Reply Lori Hill-Smith January 6, 2017 at 13:10

    This is a great idea! It took me a long time to get to where I focus on the positive most of the time. Now I’m trying to encourage my grown children in that area. I think we need jars of our own!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:25

      Wonderful to hear Lori that you are trying to encourage your children to be more positive. They have a lot to cope with these days and sometimes we forget they might need a little help. Have a wonderful 2017 xx

  • Reply budget jan January 6, 2017 at 14:23

    That is a great idea. I tend to get bogged down in the bad, so I’m taking this idea on board. I’m keeping a diary and I’m going to highlight the good bits so I can reflect on them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 05:48

      Hi Jan thanks for stopping by! A diary is another great way to keep a record of your positives and you can re-read when you are feeling a bit down. Have a wonderful 2017.

  • Reply Shirley Corder January 6, 2017 at 23:53

    Bev, what a great idea. Thank you. I’m going to try this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 05:49

      Thanks Shirley it is a novel way to help us look at the good things in life isn’t it? Have a wonderful 2017. x

  • Reply Helen at Pleasures of the NW January 7, 2017 at 00:19

    I love this idea!! Pinning AND doing! Would love to have you share it at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 15:32

      Thanks for the invite Helen and I’ve linked up at your DIY Party. You are welcome to join our OVer the Moon Link Party each Sunday evening.

  • Reply Rachel January 7, 2017 at 01:23

    We used to do a Happiness Jar when my son was little. We need to resurrect it because we’ve got a bunch of cranky little people in my house lately!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 05:50

      Oh I hadn’t thought about that for children Rachel but what a great idea. It helps to teach them that there is good in life and to reflect on this when they aren’t feeling very happy. Have a wonderful 2017. x

  • Reply Carol ("Mimi") January 7, 2017 at 02:20

    What a great idea! Sometimes, I think I need to purposefully NOT watch the news shows on TV if I want to stay positive. This is a great reminder to stay positive. I have so much to be thankful for.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 05:54

      Hi Mimi, I loved this idea when I saw it on Facebook. I agree the News is full of negativity and sensationalism but somehow we are still drawn to watch it. Your idea of purposefully NOT watching sounds like a plan. Have a beautiful day xx

  • Reply Laurie Stone January 7, 2017 at 03:34

    Love this idea and should do it. What a great feeling it must be at the end of the year, to see all the beautiful moments. After all, that’s what life is made of!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 05:55

      This is the first year I’ve tried the jar, Laurie so I’m looking forward to NYE and reflecting on my year. I’m also keeping a photo album on my phone to keep my positive memories as well. Have a beautiful day and a wonderful 2017.

  • Reply Clearissa Coward January 7, 2017 at 03:54

    This is wonderful. I keep a prayer journal and I can look back at end of year and see all of the prayers that were answered over the year. I love going back to review older journals. It’s amazing how good I feel when I realize that prayers were answered. I think this is an excellent idea as well. Thank you for sharing with #blogginggrandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 05:57

      Hi Clearissa! I’ve never heard of a prayer journal but it would be a powerful experience to actually see which prayers were answered. I’m sure more than we realise. It is good to go over older journals. I”m starting a journal this year which I’ve never down before. Thanks for hosting Blogging Grandmothers link up. Have a wonderful weekend! x

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski January 7, 2017 at 06:05

    I love this, Sue! I try to write down in a journal 3 things I am grateful for every day, but I never go back and read them. I think keeping a positivity jar and going back and reading over all the good things is a wonderful idea!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 15:26

      Hi Cathy, I also thought about taking photos and putting them in a special album on my i-phone so I can look back on NYE at the year. I’ve also just bought a journal and hoping to incorporate it into my evening rituals. Have a very Happy New Year Cathy! xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee January 7, 2017 at 13:10

    That is such a great idea! I’m going to have to get me a jar and turn it into a jar of positivity. Thank you for partying with us at Blogging Grandmothers Link Party. We’ve shared your post on our social media sites.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 15:27

      Good for you Dee! Thanks for the opportunity to link up at Blogging Grandmothers Link Party. Don’t forget to link up at Over the Moon on Sunday evening we would love to have you.

  • Reply Do it Yourself #39 – Link up DIY Projects | Pleasures of the Northwest January 8, 2017 at 18:07

    […] is my personal favorite – and a project I’ve already started – Keeping a Jar of Positivity.  Thanks to Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond for this […]

  • Reply Pamela Shank January 9, 2017 at 04:57

    Beautiful blog. I really do like this idea. When I stop and think each day of what I am thankful for there are so many positive things.. Think I will try the jar.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:57

      Thank you Pamela and I’m sure your jar will be full! Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply edira January 9, 2017 at 15:25

    This is a great idea! I posted about utilizing a reward jar at my blog – and this post inspired me to make other uses of the jar 😀 Thanks!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:59

      A reward jar is a great idea and I think there are many uses for jars. It all comes back to just thinking about what is good in our lives isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by Edira and have a lovely day.

  • Reply Janice January 9, 2017 at 17:59

    Thank you for coming to the Blogger’s Pit Stop on Thursday!

    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:49

      thanks for hosting Janice and Happy New Year!

  • Reply Jennifer January 10, 2017 at 13:16

    I do something similar. My husband and I write down things (big and small) that we are grateful for and then reread them at New Year’s.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2017 at 13:06

      That is a lovely tradition for your both to share on New Year’s.

  • Reply Margaretha January 10, 2017 at 18:09

    I love this idea. Every year I decide to do this but never quite keep it up till the end of the year. Doesn’t matter though, it is still fun to read the first part of the year’s notes in December.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2017 at 13:04

      It is hard to keep things going but as long as we keep trying Margaretha that is all that really matters.

  • Reply Charlotte January 10, 2017 at 18:43

    This is a fantastic idea and I love adding this positivity to my life. I need to focus on being happier this year and this is a cool way of doing that

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2017 at 13:04

      It is a cool way of looking at positivity – something we can see as the jar becomes filled. Thanks Charolotte.

  • Reply Mandi January 10, 2017 at 23:28

    What an absolutely wonderful idea! I think I’ll do this with my kids!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2017 at 13:03

      Yes Mandi it would teach them how to be more positive and to seek the positive in their lives.

  • Reply Shopgirl Anonymous January 11, 2017 at 03:09

    I love this!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2017 at 12:59

      Thank you! Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle January 11, 2017 at 17:01

    Sue, this lovely positive post will be featured on the Blogger’s Pit Stop on Friday. Congratulations on a great post.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 12, 2017 at 09:12

      Oh what a lovely surprise Kathleen thank you! Have a beautiful day xx

  • Reply Michele January 12, 2017 at 05:15

    This is a great idea to help us remember the things that are going well. My sister does a similar thing by writing on all of her wine corks- dates, friends, events etc. and then throwing them in a big jar. It is fun to go through and read and remember fun times we had.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 12, 2017 at 09:20

      Oh what a great idea of your sister’s. I’ve heard so many uses for the jar that I could have them lined up on a shelf! It is good to remind ourselves of the positives that we have experienced during the year as sometimes life can get in the way and blur the lines.

  • Reply Molly Stevens January 12, 2017 at 09:47

    I have a prayer basket and write down prayers of gratitude and supplication on paper and put in the basket. It makes me so happy to go through these notes periodically to recognize answered prayers and written reminders of things I have to be grateful for. Gratitude is a major key to happiness. Thanks for spreading the secret.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 14, 2017 at 06:00

      A prayer basket sounds a lovely idea. I think you can really do anything that helps to focus on the positive and the good in our lives. You are so right that being grateful is a major key to happiness. xx

  • Reply Sinziana Romanescu January 12, 2017 at 16:33

    I think I will do this too! Love the idea Sue.

    Wish a full jar of good things!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 14, 2017 at 05:55

      I think it is a tangible way of looking at positivity don’t you? Thank you for your kind wishes and the same to you!

  • Reply Amber Temerity January 13, 2017 at 01:33

    I really love this idea. I’ve been meaning to practice gratitude more, maybe this will help me focus!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 14, 2017 at 05:52

      We all try don’t we Amber but I think we just have to stick at it until it becomes a natural part of our life – just like brushing our teeth. If we put the jar in a prominent place it will always be a reminder. Have a great day!

  • Reply Blogger's Pit Stop #56 - The Blogger's Lifestyle January 13, 2017 at 08:52

    […] Keeping a Jar of Positivity by Sue […]

  • Reply Silly Mummy January 13, 2017 at 11:11

    That’s a really nice idea! I find January so depressing – this is a nice positive idea to start the year off!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 14, 2017 at 05:48

      Well January is hot and sunny where I live so I don’ usually feel depressed. Hopefully setting up the jar will focus on the positives for you and not the gloom of January weather in the UK. Have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply Blogger's Pit Stop #56 | Mostly Blogging January 13, 2017 at 12:01

    […] Keeping a Jar of Positivity by Sue […]

  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak January 15, 2017 at 12:41

    Love this idea. I had a post almost written about an affirmation jar A-Z to start your morning. Maybe next year! Congrats on yours getting most clicked! Thank you for sharing with us at #OverTheMoon!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 16, 2017 at 09:15

      Oh that sounds a good idea Marilyn. Thanks for the lovely surprise to be most clicked! Thank you also for all you do for us at #OvertheMoon.

  • Reply Austin March 15, 2017 at 08:02

    Perhaps it is time to replace my Revenge Jar, but I’m not sure I’m quite ready yet…. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:35

      Oh a Revenge jar – that sounds a little ominous! I think I prefer the positivity one – you could have both!

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    %d bloggers like this: