Good Things Jar Family Project

by Robyn Wright on January 2, 2014

in Living

Good Things Jar Project from - Write down any good thing, big or small, that happens throughout the year and keep in a jar. Read them all on next New Year's Eve or Day!

The new year is here and I have a great family project (or individual) for you to start now (or at anytime really). A Good Things Jar! You may remember me sharing about my family doing “Three Good Things” at mealtime which is still great but as our family changes our ways to share good things changes as well.

I think simplicity is key for this project to work, at least to get started.

  • Step 1: Get a jar or any sort of container you like
  • Step 2: Get a scratch pad of paper
  • Step 3: Get a pen or pencil
  • Step 4: Write down any good thing that happens to you, big or small, on a slip of the paper and place in jar.
  • Step 5: Read all of them on next New Year’s Eve or Day and enjoy all the good things that happened in the previous year again!

Now how simple is that? Get the entire family involved too – kids and adults. There is no rule on the kind of paper or if it is written or drawn. Whatever works for your family members. You can even put in tickets stubs for movies or other ephemera that is a good thing.

If you are crafty, of course you can decorate your jar any way you like. You can even use a shoebox and cover it with pretty paper. Or let the kids make and decorate the container. Again, it is whatever works for your family.

At the end of the year you will have an entire jar filled with snippets of your year and the good things that happened. It is a wonderful way to see what was important to you and your family and to relive happy memories. Once the year is over, start up again for the following year!

Will you try making a Good Things Jar?

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Good Things Jar Project from - Write down any good thing, big or small, that happens throughout the year and keep in a jar. Read them all on next New Year's Eve or Day!

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  • sunnysideup

    This is pretty cool Idea it gave me the idea of making one for bad things that happened in my day or week it will be like just putting all worries away and then at the end of the year throwing all the bad ones and reading all the good ones :)

    • Robyn Wright

      Ohhhh! That is a pretty cool idea!

  • Jane m

    Love this idea, I’m going to set this up & make it a part of Sunday dinner. Thanks for making family time a little more fun

    • Robyn Wright

      That’s awesome!

  • tannawings

    I would do 2 jars- a good and a bad. I would love to see which way things really go or if one outweighs the other. I would hope the good outweighs the bad!

    • Robyn Wright

      It all depends on how we look at life. In our house if we did 2 jars I would put more into the good jar and Hubby would put more into the bad jar. I’m an optimist, he’s a pessimist.

  • Robin

    That’s so sweet. It sounds like a simple way to focus on the positive things that happen (instead of complaining about the negative things).

    • Robyn Wright


  • Ravzie

    It’s a good idea to remember all the good things you have and all the good things that happen to you. People tend to dwell on the bad stuff! This is an easy way to remember those things that are nice.

    • Robyn Wright

      So true.

  • Jamie Reynolds

    I love this post – saw it on Facebook today, January 1, 2015 and then I came to find your blog! This post is so true for every New Year. We are always looking for a way for one of our daughters to see the world through more positive eyes and I think this will be a great activity! Thank you!

    • Robyn Wright

      Wonderful! So glad you like the idea. I hope it goes well with your daughters!

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