Happiness Box as a Visual Diary

Here is something I wrote this morning on Writing.com and thought I would share it here. My Happiness Box is like a visual diary!


Do you still keep a personal journal? How is it different from your blog, or are the two connected in some way?

My therapist and I were chatting about this last night. He asked me if I kept a diary and I said that I used to, but I see my Happiness Box as a diary, more of a visual diary that I get to scrapbook each year. It’s a great way to express all sorts of feelings, especially gratitude and successes, but also the lessons from failure.

I think I can be more personal in my Happiness Box and can share more feelings than I would be comfortable showcasing on a public blog. Here is a bit different than my Word Press blog because at least here I can have some privacy. Blogs are more public than diaries/personal journals and I know I wouldn’t want to air my personal dirty laundry in public. We still have to keep some decency when dealing with the public, even if it is blogging.

However, I do believe the two are connected because both are great ways to get feelings out. While the diary/personal blog you may not share with others, you can share your blog with others and maybe make some changes. Blogs are great for social justice, where I think a diary/personal journal can start a change, the blog sees it to fruition. I think both are important.

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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.

One thought on “Happiness Box as a Visual Diary”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I am still across the state using a borrowed laptop, not the best conditions, and we are preparing to head out soon for another big day of taking care of important family business. However I saw your post and wanted to stop by before we need to leave.

    While a blog can be anything you want it to be, I agree it is better to discuss highly sensitive personal issues privately rather than publicly, or simply express your feelings to a therapist and/or jot them down in a diary for your eyes only. When I invest time in reading a blog, I look forward to learning something and/or being entertained. As a child I enjoyed hosting parties for my friends, showing them a good time, and I suppose my blogs have been an extension of that. I like to educate and entertain and at the same time learn from the comments I receive and discussion threads that stem from my topics.

    Happy Sunday to you and have a wonderful week, dear friend JM!


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