The Beginnings of the Happiness Box Project

Towards the end of 2015, I was browsing Pinterest and saw a board for happiness jars. As someone who struggles with depression and after a rough year, I thought the project could help me overcome my feelings of depression. I had a jar, saved from when Nan saved old-fashioned jars for water, and it would be fitting to use something of Nan’s for a happiness project. I went to Michael’s and bought the stickers. I had fun decorating the jar and it looked gorgeous after I added the finishing touches.


I will admit that I started the project a little early – the end of December 2015 had positive moments and I didn’t want to wait until the beginning of 2016 to start writing. I wrote every day until the end of February and I ran out of space. I was disappointed, but I didn’t stop collecting happy, proud, and grateful moments in 2016.

When I opened the jar on 1 January 2017, I decided to place the scrapbooks I made, the IELTs exam I took for immigration to Canada and passed with flying colours, and other moments in 2016 that didn’t quite fit into the jar. I enjoyed reading the notes and reflecting on what made me happy and grateful.



After opening the jar, I had a new idea for 2017…


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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

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