Thursday, 14 March 2013
Everybody needs a happy jar
Back on January 1st, whilst nursing our annual 'let's drink to this being the best year EVER' hangovers (oh, sweet, Pinot-fuelled optimism...), two of my best friends and I made a vow that this year we'd make a bigger effort to remember those little moments in time where we feel absolutely content. And so, our happy jars were born.
Now folks, as many of you will be able to tell from this blog, I'm a fairly jolly soul. I spend a lot of time laughing/cracking rubbish jokes/getting ridiculously excited about nothing in particular. I spend a lot of time mocking my own misfortune, because as it happens, mockery is a treasured hobby of mine. But even though I have a pretty upbeat outlook on life, and even though it's all too easy to assume I'm from another planet, I am still human. And in the words of my idol-chum John Green (read his books right now, pretty please), the world is not a wish-granting factory. Shit happens, basically, and just like everybody else, it has the occasional habit of getting me down.
The idea of the happy jar is to capture the moments where nothing else matters but the moment itself; where we're consumed by happiness and hope and all things lovely. It might be a moment where we've laughed so much it's gotten painful, it could be an immense feeling of pride for ourselves or for someone we care about, it might be an epic kiss with a rugged, caveman type, or it might just be where we've thoroughly enjoyed doing the naked Macarena. Never under-estimate the satisfaction that the flailing of naked limbs can bring to an otherwise dreary day.
It may all sound particularly nerdy, but whenever I'm feeling a tad glum, I crack open the happy jar and read and reminisce about some of these little moments of magic. Life is, after all, about the small things, and I think it's a lovely way to remember that good things do happen and that we can sometimes feel completely marvellous, and that the world is a truly spiffing place. Even when it's not. (That's the clever thing about this world, it can be two things at once.)
Let me know what you think of the 'happy jar' concept. I'd also love to know if you do anything similar! Or you can tweet me happy stuff at @kathyb5710. I have a lot of time for compliments, half-naked men, and farm animal jokes.