No resolutions, just good things

By Caroline Klapper | Dec 31, 2012
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I’m no good at New Year’s resolutions.

I lack the stamina to really see things through, and like most people, my good intentions tend to wane a little (or a lot) by the end of January.

So this year I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to create a “good things jar,” and next year at this time, instead of thinking about what I didn’t accomplish, I’m going to spend a little time reliving the highlights my life in the past year.

A good things jar, or feel good jar, or memory jar, or whatever you’d like to call it is a pretty simple idea, but I think it’s a great way to make New Year’s Eve about more than staying up late to watch the ball drop on TV.

Basically, the idea is to take an empty jar or container, decorate it (or not depending on your level of craftiness), and throughout the year, every time something really good or amazing happens, write it down and stick it in the jar. When Dec. 31 rolls around again, open that jar up and start reading.

It’s like a tip jar of good memories.

I’ve heard about this idea from a number of friends and various blogs online, and I am looking forward to trying it out in 2013. I think it will be a little bit like finding a $5 bill tucked away in the pocket of your winter coat — a nice little bonus you didn’t realize had been hiding there all year long waiting to be rediscovered. (If it’s a really good memory, maybe we’ll up that to a $20 bill.)

It’s not that I don’t remember the good things that happen to me, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded that I’ve actually had a pretty amazing year in a lot of little memorable moments. Those moments are what I want to focus on anyway.