I am a little bit behind on the new year’s personal development initiatives. I’ve seen this “good things & great times jar” on various blogs and I loved the idea.
A memory jar is similar to having a collective gratitude journal, but this one is a collective one for the family. A family memory collection jar. It encourages focusing on the positive memories. You write good things that happen or good times you have individually or as a family on a small piece of paper and drop it into a jar. At the end of the year, new year’s celebration ritual includes, sitting down as a family and reading and reminiscing all these great memories you’ve had. How neat is that!
The jar is very simple to put together. You need:
1. Jar (IKEA Burken Jar)
2. Adhesive label to decorate
3. Notepad and
4. Pen (or pencil)
The important part is to remember writing down good things and great times and filling up that jar.
What a great way to remember the good ol’ times than reading our notes from “good things & great times jar” of 2014 on NYE. Listening to them, I realized they wrote some of their happy memories without me reminding them. It is such a fun tradition and easy way to encourage gratitude. We are going to start filling up the now empty jar again. http://practicalmama.com/2014/01/good-things-great-times-jar/ #lategram #nye2015
Update Jan 2016: We have filled out the Good things & Great times jar for the last 2 years. I admit I had to remind everyone to write and put in notes n the jar. However, everyone enjoys emptying the notes from the jar on the carpet and randomly reading them. It keeps us going.
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