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How to Create a Memory Jar 

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Keeping a Memory Jar is one of my New Years Resolutions this year!  This is not only great for yourself, it’s a wonderful way for a family to reflect back on the year!  I really wish I’d done this sooner, when my kids were younger!

So let’s get started with a Memory or Happiness Jar! This great concept is inspired from Eat, Pray, Love  by Elizabeth Gilbert, which has been made into a movie!

Grab a jar you love: Decorate a mason jar, or buy a pretty one from the store. Making sure you love your jar will help you to keep up with your memories.

Out of sight, out of mind: Keep your jar within view, so you remember to fill it, along with tiny pieces of paper and a pen.

Date & write your memories: Even if it’s just a simple thing, write down anything that made you happy, anything new and exciting no matter how big or small! An A on a test, a new puppy and getting a driver’s license are all great things to track…  but remember that time the lady in front of you paid for your coffee in the drive through or your neighbour dropped off cookies and made your day?

Time to Reflect: Each year on New Years Eve or Christmas, enjoy reading and reflecting on your year’s memories!   You’ll be amazed at how many things have made you happy throughout the year, the things you and your family have accomplished and overcome!  Not only will it help to bring a smile to your face, but will also help to reprogram your brain into seeing the good in every situation.

Preserve Your Memories:  At the end of the year, get 12 large pieces of scrapbook paper, one for each  month.  As you read each memory, glue it to the scrapbook page for the corresponding month…  the result?  A whole year’s worth of memories journaled by your own family!  What a wonderful thing to reflect back on!

Here’s to a Happy New Year and a full jar!



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  1. Hey Holly! This is such an awesome idea and I love to see how many people are interested in this, too! I have created an app that is based on the same concept (also known as “cookie jar concept ” or “jar of awesome”). Since I thought the idea is so powerful and special, I can’t wait for people to find out about the app and start using it in their daily lives. It can make so much more grateful, reflective and present!
    Much love!

  2. I have custody of my grandson. Plan to use this to help my grandson and his mommy remember the happy times they can create when he visits. Adding the scrapbook with things he has done at school and his accomplishments for her to review and talk with him about his activities.

  3. Great idea! My daughter also wants to do this, which I think is nice! Your site is chalk full of ideas! Nice job!

  4. I LOVE this idea! Super cute.. I will be doing this with my kiddos! Thank you for the idea and inspiration!