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Tip the Gratitude Jar


Had a rough day? Midterms feeling too hard to tackle? Work taking control of your life? Let’s face it — not every day is all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes we’d rather bury ourselves in our bed covers. We often feel this immense pressure to be the “I don’t know how she does it all” girl, the one who always has her life together, with each aspect fitting perfectly like clockwork. But bad days and messy days are a part of life, and can even be a huge source of life’s most important lessons. Even though every day may not be good, it’s important to remember that there’s something good in every day. If you feel like you could use a pick-me-up, try tipping the Gratitude Jar.

Grab yourself a mason jar (their trendiness makes them easy to find in stores) and a stack of post-it notes. Invite yourself to write down at least one thing every single day that made you smile — anything from eating a bagel for breakfast that had the perfect cream cheese-to-carbs ratio to landing that promotion at work that you’ve worked so hard for. Write each happy thought on a note and pop it in the jar. Did you wear your favorite sweater today? Have a meaningful conversation with a friend? Give somebody a compliment? Kill that stats midterm? You can look back on your moments of happiness throughout the year when you want a reminder of all these bright wonderful memories. Or, save them up — wait until a year has passed, then open the jar and reflect back on the last 365 days in beautiful moments.

“A good life is a collection of happy moments.” — Denis Waitley


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