Teaching the Happiness Box Initiative

Since making my Happiness Box Project Initiative public in May 2018, I’ve received a few e-mails asking me questions about how I came up with the project, and some ask me if I could teach them. Some have been teachers in foreign, war-torn countries inquiring, about ways to help their trouble students overcome PTSD.  My project began in response to PTSD, and I was happy that after a few years working on this project privately it was reaching others who had a need; the stories tore at my heartstrings, of course, I would work with them via e-mail or Skype.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Teaching the Happiness Box Initiative”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    This is a wonderful post. Educators who have asked you to provide an outline of your Happiness Box Project initiative need only read this post because it’s all here – everything they need to know to get their students started. I actually have an ongoing project of my own but didn’t realize what I could call it until you gave it the name Happiness Box Project here on your blog. In the early 2000s I created a series of storage boxes decorated with scans of movie posters. All five visible surfaces of each box are covered with these large colorful images. I am “anchored” to those unique boxes filed with “memories” and collectibles. Whenever I look at them lined up on my shelves, I experience satisfaction and inspiration.

    You wrote:

    “Contentedness (is) a way to keep us from worry and anxiety as we move forward.” That’s quotable. That’s key. Happiness is overrated. Stop pursuing it and you will find contentment. No matter what happens in your life, “good” or “bad” – “make it okay.” It is empowering. Thank the universe for giving you challenges. They make you stronger. Thank yourself for summoning the courage and resources to meet challenges. Don’t wish for life to be easier. Keep striving, adding new and better choices to your life, acquiring tools, skills and strategies to help you cope with adversity.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend JM!


    1. Hi Shady,

      That is very true and I am slowly learning it. However, maybe I knew this all along since people have told me they admire my resilience. I wonder if you could be “sensitive” and still be resilient. Something to ponder as I;m both.


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