The Happy Jar is pretty self-explanatory (especially if you read my poem, ha! No judging my rhyming abilities though, ok?).
I think this is a great thing for deployment, but it can also be fun even when your spouse is safe at home with you. I LOVE the idea of keeping one of these on my counter, for whenever one of us has a bad day.
The idea is to fill the jar with little notes which will lift the spirits of the reader, or make them smile. But don't let that restrict you! You could print tiny pictures of yourself or your kids. You could write out knock-knock jokes. You could cut the comics from your Sunday paper and use those. Whatever makes you HAPPY.
Because that's the name of the jar, yes?
And now I'll make you happy by telling you how to make your own! I bought this jar at my local Walmart...
... for around $3. BARGAIN!
I wrote all my notes on basic card stock, but plain white paper works just as well. I just happened to have the card stock leftover from another project. Also a bargain!
The hardest part of this project was thinking of all the things to write, seriously. It's not as easy as it sounds. I finally realized the best way was to write a little each day. The whole jar took about a week or so for me to fill.
Once full, I peeled off the label and added my own. Feel free to use mine if you like! I've included the PDF here. Keep in mind, you might need to resize the poem to fit your jar if you're using a different size.
And viola! A simple, inexpensive (and romantic!) gift that your spouse can enjoy everyday.
If you're like me and have trouble coming up with things to say, try out some of these ideas in your own jar:
1. I love you because (fill in the blank)
2. I can't wait until (fill in the blank)
3. Comics from your local paper
4. Bible verses
5. Inspirational quotes (Google is a great tool for this one!)
6. Small photos (printed on plain paper) of you, the kids, family, friends
7. Notes from other family members
8. Knock-knock jokes (or other regular jokes)
9. Favorite memories, vacations, etc.
10. Love notes. For example: No matter how far apart we may be, you are always in my heart.
Above all else, fill your jar with HAPPY!!
Happy creating, my friends... the rest of the Valentine's Day post will be here at the end of the week!
Thanks for reading, everyone!